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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCSC is an inclusive, supportive, and innovative community whose common goal is to create new chemical knowledge and to mentor the best and brightest students who will define the next frontiers of chemical science. As chemistry is central to modern science and is crucial to creating new knowledge and improving human experiences, we are committed to delivering quality education in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and to groundbreaking research in biomedical and materials science.

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Text Reads: Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2021

List of most highly cited researchers features 20 UCSC scientists and engineers

Chemistry and biochemistry professors Shaowei Chen and Yat Li, former chemistry graduate student Yichuan Ling, and astronomy and astrophysics scientists Jonathan Fortney, Garth Illingworth, and Rychard Bouwens were among the most cited researchers of 2021.

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UC Santa Cruz joins the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium

UC Santa Cruz has joined the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium (UC DDC), a cross-campus initiative aimed at building a drug discovery community that actively promotes research translation through industry partnerships.

Scientists assemble a biological clock in a test tube to study how it works

A team of scientists has reconstituted the circadian clock of cyanobacteria in a test tube, enabling them to study rhythmic interactions of the clock proteins in real time and understand how these interactions enable the clock to exert control over gene expression.

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