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Faculty Distinctions

Nobel Prize

molinaMario Molina, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul Crutzen and Sherwood Rowland for identifying how commonly used chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons damage the Earth’s ozone layer, work that ultimately convinced governments around the world to eliminate CFCs from spray cans and refrigerators. Molina also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. 

tsienRoger Tsien shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Martin Chalfie for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein and seminal work to design and create fluorescent molecules that enter cells and light up their inner workings. 

Fields Medal

efimEfim Zelmanov received the Fields Medal in 1994 for solving the Restricted Burnside Problem, a fundamental algebraic conjecture that mathematicians specializing in group theory had worked on throughout the 20th century. 

Members of the National Academy of Sciences

foxMarye Anne Fox, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chancellor Emerita of UC San Diego is a physical organic chemist who led the university from 2004 to 2012. Among her many honors and awards is the National Medal of Science.

mapleM. Brian Maple, Professor of Physics, an experimentalist working in the area of condensed matter physics, is interested in phenomena such as superconductivity, magnetism, and effects arising from their interplay. He is particularly interested in unconventional superconductivity that occurs at warmer critical temperatures. More>

mccammonJ. Andrew McCammon, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has developed a computer simulation approach to protein dynamics. He has invented theoretical methods for accurately predicting and interpreting molecular recognition, rates of reactions and other properties of chemical systems. These methods play a growing role in the design of new drugs and other materials. More>

molinaMario Molina, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nobel laureate and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom is an atmospheric chemist. Recently he has dedicated a great part of his work to science policy issues related to climate change and has promoted global actions in favor of sustainable development. More>

susantaylorSusan Taylor, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, studies the structure, dynamics and localization of cAMP-dependent protein kinase, a prototype for the protein kinase superfamily. Understanding the dynamic behavior of these proteins is fundamental to the study of signal transduction. More>

thiemensMark Thiemens, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, measures stable and radioactive isotopes of terrestrial and extraterrestrial origin. His research focuses on the physical chemistry of nuclear reactions and their many applications from climate change to the formation of the solar system. More>

tsienRoger Tsien, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, studies signal transduction, especially in neurons and cancer cells with the help of designed molecules, imaging and photochemical manipulation. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. More>

williamsRuth Williams, Professor of Mathematics,  focuses on probability, stochastic processes and their applications. She is especially well known for her work on theory and applications associated with stochastic networks, which arise in semiconductor manufacturing, telecommunications, computer systems, Internet congestion control and systems biology.

efimEfim Zelmanov, Professor of Mathematics, is known for his work on combinatorial problems in nonassociative algebra and group theory, including his solution of the restricted Burnside problem. He was awarded a Fields Medal in 1994. More>