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Léanne Racico

Congratulations Léanne Racicot!

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 

Congratulations to UBC Chemistry graduate student Léanne Racicot for being awarded the prestigious Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for her work in mentoring first year international graduate students in their new instructional function in the CHEM 121/123 course.  Racicot was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec where she...

 Zippo from Perrin lab.

Congratulations Zippo and Yuan!

2013 Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad

Congratulations to Zippo Liu, Perrin Research Group, and Yuan You, Bertram Research Group for being awarded the 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. The award is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and further encourages international students to return to China for work or to serve the country in other channels after receiving their degree abroad. Only those with...

CSC Student Chapter Merit Award

Congratulations to the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society!

CSC Student Chapter Merit Award

Congratulations to the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society for being awarded the 2014 Canadian Society for Chemistry Student Chapter Merit Award. The award will be presented next month at the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition and will be announced in the upcoming issue of ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News,

Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan

Life Story: Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan


Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan completed his doctoral study at UBC in Chemistry in 1987. He passed away March 8th at the age of 55. Below is his obituary that was linked to in the Ottawa Citizen.

Life Story: Carleton prof Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan spoke truth to power

Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan

Born: July 8, 1958 in Laguna, Philippines

Died: March 8, 2014 in Gatineau

OTTAWA — Even by Filipino standards, Alexis was born short,...

Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Sammis Lab Group: Featured in Angewandte Chemie

Congratulations to the Sammis Lab group!

The Sammis Lab groups most recent paper, Single-Electron/Pericyclic Cascade for the Synthesis of Dienes, has been featured in Angewandte Chemie International EditionAccording to their Editor, it is being described as “hot paper” status.



Dr.Peter Wassell

In Memoriam of Dr.Peter Wassell

In Memoriam of Dr.Peter WassellJuly 1952 to April 2014

Born in Wolverhampton, England in 1952, Peter received his B.Sc (Honours) Chemistry from Exeter University, England in 1973.  He then earned his PhD from UBC in 1981. He later went on to teach chemistry to our first year students, and run the inorganic laboratories. Peter was also an enthusiastic member of the Chemistry Magic Team in the late 90’s.  Peter was a long time and valued member of the UBC Department of Chemistry. 

Dr. Lawrence Mcintosh

Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence McIntosh!

2014 Faculty of Medicine Award 

Congratulations to Professor Dr. Lawrence McIntosh for being awarded the 2014 Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty. 


 Dr.Stephen Withers UBC

Congratulations Dr.Stephen Withers

2014 Killam Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Withers for being awarded the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts Killam Fellowship. 

Dr. Stephen Withers is a world leader in the emerging field of engineering carbohydrate-modifying enzymes. He proposes a creative and original approach in his project, Development and use of ultra-high-throughput screens for directed evolution and metagenomics. He will go beyond the...

Dr.Chris Addison

Congratulations Dr.Chris Addison!

UBC Killam Teaching Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Addison who was recently awarded a 2013-2014 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. UBC Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually, from the Killam Endowment Fund, to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Congratulations Chris! 


2013 Chemistry Department TA Award

2013 Chemistry Department TA Award

Drum roll please....The 2013 Chemistry Department TA Award recipients are:  
Zhengu Chen, Leanne Racicot, Amber Shukaliak, Andrea Terpstra and David Weekes.




Professor Ciufolini award lecture was published in the March 2014 issue of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry.

Congratulations to Professor Marco Ciufolini!

2013 CSC RU Lemieux Award lecture: Synthetic studies on heterocyclic natural products

This paper highlights ongoing efforts toward Erythrina alkaloids, himandrine, tetrodotoxin, and thiopeptide antibiotics such as nosiheptide and describes representative spinoffs in biomedicine that emanated from the author’s research in synthetic organic chemistry.


Congratulations to William Cullen!

The 2014 winner of the CIC Environment Division R&D Award

William R. Cullen received a PhD from Cambridge University in 1959. He joined the Department of Chemistry at University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1958. He was promoted to professor in 1969 and received the CSC Noranda Award in 1974. In 1998, he became professor emeritus at UBC and adjunct professor at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2000. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His research has focused on...

Eric Price

Congratulations to Eric Price!

Eric  won a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) to conduct research this summer at the US institution Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) with Dr. Jason S. Lewis. He will be doing research with radioactive metals towards new imaging agents and treatments for cancer.  Specifically, Eric will be working with the positron emission tomography (PET) imaging isotope Zr-89, towards antibody-based imaging of gastric cancer.  He also hopes to study the isotopes Y-90 and Ac-225 for...

A Lecture with Nobel Laureate Dr. Akira Suzuki: You’re Invited!

The Chemistry Department is delighted to announce a special Lecture on March 21st, 2014 at 4:00 pm in B250 with our renowned guest, Dr. Akira Suzuki, Nobel Laureate. This event is part of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver 125th Anniversary Lecture Series and in association with our Department.

Dr. Akira Suzuki (Professor Emeritus at Hokkaido University in Japan) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 for his work on Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling...

Chris Orvig awarded a 2013 Jacob Biely Research Prize for distinguished record of published research

Congratulations to Professor Chris Orvig for being awarded the 2013 Jacob Biely Research Prize, UBC’s highest honour for research.

The 2014 reception will be held Tuesday, March 11 in the Glass Lobby of the Chan Centre.


How a versatile gut bacterium helps us get our daily dietary fibre

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered the genetic machinery that turns a common gut bacterium into the Swiss Army knife of the digestive tract – helping us metabolize a main component of dietary fibre from the cell walls of fruits and vegetables.

The findings illuminate the specialized roles played by key members of the vast microbial community living in the human gut, and could inform the development of tailored microbiota transplants to improve intestinal...

Chemistry gets a new website

We are excited to present a completely new Chemistry website!

The website was developed from scratch and built to take advantage of the latest in website development technology. It will offer researchers, alumni and students alike easy access to the most important information and perfect functionality on mobile devices across different platforms. Try the superb search capabilities offered under the "Our department" and "Research & Faculty" tabs!

The website was developed...

The Department Mourns the Sudden Passing of Our Colleague Moshe Shapiro

Moshe Shapiro, who was a research pioneer in the area of quantum control of molecular dynamics, passed away on December 3, 2013 in Israel. He was 69 years old.

Moshe did his PhD under the guidance of Professor Raphael D. Levine, in Theoretical Chemistry at the Hebrew University, working on photodissociation and molecular collisions. This was followed by a postdoc at Harvard University during the years 1970-1972, where Moshe worked with Martin Karplus, the 2013 Nobel laureate in...

Laurel Schafer awarded a 2013 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Congratulations to Professor Laurel Schafer who was recently awarded a 2013 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The award recognizes research supervisors who have provided sustained mentorship to numerous graduate students while researching at the mid-career level. Furthermore, the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring is quite unique among other faculty awards, as statements provided by referees, such as past and present students, are highly regarded in the nomination process.

Chemistry Graduate Student Awarded 2013 NSERC Vanier Scholarship

Chemistry graduate student, Marcus Drover, was recently awarded a 2013 NSERC Vanier Scholarship for his project, entitled “Understanding Acetylene: Alkyne Functionalization via a Rhodium(I) Complex.” A vast number of chemical compounds contain nitrogen, including those required for everyday life e.g., amino and nucleic acids. In a laboratory setting, these chemicals are often generated through synthesis. Unfortunately, many synthetic procedures are replete with non-efficient, toxic...