Chemistry at ESF

The Department of Chemistry at ESF is unique in that it is organized around the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry and natural products chemistry, environmental chemistry and polymer chemistry.

We stress a strong foundation in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) plus integration of these areas into its specialties. Students at all levels enjoy the advantages of a chemistry program with specialties aligned with the needs of the 21st century.

The department is committed to maintaining its leading role in extending the state of knowledge in its specialties. The department’s home is the 71,000-square-foot Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility for research and teaching is well equipped with instruments needed for modern chemical research. The department involves all of its students in research, giving them familiarity with the actual practice of chemistry.

Why ESF for Chemistry?

Featured Chemistry Paper

"GcsR, a TyrR-Like Enhancer-Binding Protein, Regulates Expression of the Glycine Cleavage System in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1"

Zaara Sarwar, Benjamin R. Lundgren, Michael T. Grassa, Michael X. Wang, Megan Gribble, Jennifer F. Moffat, Christopher T. Nomura

The amino acid glycine serves as a major source of single carbon units for biochemical reactions within bacterial cells. Utilization of glycine is tightly regulated. Our lab previously identified the transcriptional regulator GcsR as being required for catabolism of glycine in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacterium often affects people who are already sick, and it quickly becomes resistant to antibiotics. As a result, tens of thousands of people are infected with P. aeruginosa each year and hundreds of them die. This study revealed that GcsR is the first identified member of a new class of proteins that regulate major biochemical functions in P. aeruginosa. This research may lead to new ways to treat people infected with this dangerous pathogen.

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SUNY-ESF Chemistry Department
121 Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 USA
(315) 470-6855
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