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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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Physical Sciences Building, Rm 230

Phone: (831) 459-4002
Fax: (831) 459-2935

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Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Explore Chemistry & Biochemistry News

The latest high-impact science in Chemistry & Biochemistry

UCSC chemistry department garners three NIH MIRA grants

These grants provide five years of funding for research programs at UCSC on protein synthesis, biosynthetic strategies, and biochemical mechanisms involved in cancer.

Study reveals the molecular origin of the genetic disease cystinosis

New understanding of how the transporter protein cystinosin functions may lead to better treatments for a devastating genetic disease.

New study confirms ‘rippled sheet’ protein structure predicted in 1953

UCSC scientists reported three crystal structures of periodic rippled beta sheets, a novel protein structure with potential applications in biomedicine and materials science.