About Us

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.

Contact & visitor information

Office hours & location
9:00 AM–12:00 PM,
1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Physical Sciences Building, Rm 230

Looking for someone specific in the office?
Katie-Department Assistant
Alissa-Graduate Program Coordinator

Derek-Department Manager
Marla-Undergraduate Advisor
Aron-Undergraduate Advisor (afternoon only)

Alissa-Graduate Program Coordinator
Marla-Undergraduate Advisor
Aron-Undergraduate Advisor

Derek-Department Manager
Katie-Department Assistant

Email: chemreception@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 459-4002
Fax: (831) 459-2935

Mailing address
University of California, Santa Cruz
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Explore Chemistry & Biochemistry News

The latest high-impact science in Chemistry & Biochemistry

In Memoriam: Frank Andrews, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

With enormous gratitude, we celebrate the life of UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Frank Andrews, who died of cancer on January 31, 2024, at age 91.

Logo which reads: 2023 National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 18-22

National Postdoc Appreciation Week: Featuring Priya Crosby and Will DeRocco

National Postdoc Appreciation Week, organized by the National Postdoc Association (NPA) since 2009, takes place this year from September 18-22. The celebration aims to acknowledge the substantial impact postdoctoral scholars have on research and discovery.

David Haussler, distinguished professor of biomolecular engineering and scientific director of the Genomics Institute, is one of the recipients of the new Innovation Catalyst Grant program.

Innovation Catalyst Grants help early-stage innovators with resources, training, and financial support

Two UC Santa Cruz research teams that can make impactful advancements in drug discovery and human health outcomes have been chosen as recipients of the university’s inaugural Innovation Catalyst Grants program. These new grants, administered by the Innovation & Business Engagement Hub, are designed to support and propel early-stage technology innovations developed by UCSC researchers.