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Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: Irakli Samkurashvili @ Innovation Hall 131 and Bull Run Hall 258
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

“Reaxys chemistry database”

Dr. Irakli Samkurashvili (Elsevier)

Please email Dr. You at if you’d like to meet the speaker.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: Ian Ramsey @ Innovation Hall 131 and Bull Run Hall 258
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

“Voltage sensor activation in the Hv1 proton channel: structural and mechanistic insights are revealed by voltage clamp electrophysiology and molecular dynamics simulations.”

Dr. Ian Ramsey (VCU)

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Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: Yan Zhang @ Innovation Hall 131 and Bull Run Hall 258
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

“Bivalent Ligand Approach to Understand the role of Putative Mu Opioid Receptor and Chemokine Receptor CCR5 Heterodimers in NeuroAIDS”

Dr. Yan Zhang (VCU)

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  • Dr. Shahamat Khan receives Lifetime Achievement Award


    Congratulations to our own, Dr. Shahamat Khan, for being one of the two recipients of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017! Only two persons are recognized during each year for having achieved “career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields”. Dr. Khan is the editor of two journals that have home addresses in our department:

    • Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A; Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B; Pesticides, Food Contaminants, Agricultural Wastes
  • GMU interns featured in APWA magazine

    Aveen Aljazrawi and Sharon Becker interned this summer at the Fairfax County Pollution Control Plant, helping treat 40 million gallons per day. The internship program is lead by Dr. Greg Foster (GMU Chemistry) and Juan Reyes (Fairfax County environmental monitoring chief).

    Read the story in APWA magazine


  • Congratulations!

    Kathryn Holguin successfully defended her dissertation research proposal (7/28/2017), “Synthesis and Characterization of Alkyl Quinolines and Pyrrolo[3,4-c]quinoline-1,3-diones”, and is now a doctoral candidate.  The project is being directed by Dr. Robert Honeychuck.

    Allyson Dailey successfully defended her dissertation research (7/31/2017), “State-of-the-Art Metabolomics:  From Method Development to Rapid Diagnostics, Detection, and Profiling”, and will henceforth be known as Dr. Allyson L. Dailey.  The project was directed by  Dr. Robin Couch.

    Kyu Ah Kim successfully defended her dissertation research, “Design and Synthesis of Mitochondrial Citrate Carrier Protein Inhibitors for Treating Lung Cancer and Design and Synthesis of Inhibitors of Interleukin-1B Protein-Protein Interactions for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis”, and will henceforth be known as Dr. Kyu Ah Kim.  The project was directed by  Dr. Mikell Paige.

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Department Overview

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry offers not only undergraduate programs leading to the BA and BS degree in Chemistry with optional concentrations in Biochemistry, but also a five-year BS/Accelerated MS degree.

Our comprehensive undergraduate education in chemistry is designed to prepare students for professional careers in chemistry and for advanced studies in chemistry and chemistry-related areas such as environmental science, material science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, geochemistry, chemical waste management, pharmacy, forensic chemistry, and chemical engineering.

Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry.

Graduate Programs

The department’s graduate programs provide advanced training for students who are recent college graduates, professionals in teaching, or technical workers in local research organizations. Students select a specialization from the fields of analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, or computational chemistry.

The graduate chemistry courses for these programs are usually offered during the late afternoon or evening hours for the convenience of students who are employed full-time.

Graduate fellowships and teaching/research assistantships are available to the most qualified of students.


A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite chemistry courses. Students failing to meet a prerequisite will get a registration error message that reads “PREREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR” when attempting to register for advanced courses.

Areas of Research

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Educational Chemistry
  • Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Fuel Chemistry
  • Microemulsion Chemistry
  • Nonlinear Optical Chemistry
  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Solid-State Chemistry
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry


Visitors are always welcome at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry: Planetary Hall 303, Fairfax Campus.

Prospective students are especially encouraged to visit the campus; faculty members are happy to discuss academic and career opportunities in Chemistry.

Visit campus to experience the Mason Nation firsthand.

Arrange a department visit by calling the us at 703-993-1070, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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