UCLA MACS Program
Dr. Paula Diaconescu
Professor Diaconescu's research interests lie at the interface of catalyst design and biodegradable polymer formation, encompassing organometallic chemistry and materials properties.
Dr. Joseph Loo
Professor Loo's work includes the development and application of bioanalytical methods for the structural characterization of proteins and post-translational modifications, proteomics-based research, and the elucidation of protein biomarkers to aid human health studies.
Dr. Chong Liu
Professor Liu's group develops electrochemical systems for energy, biology, and environments by combining expertise in inorganic chemistry, nanomaterials, and electrochemistry.
Dr. Matthew Nava
Professor Nava's group is fundamentally interested in understanding how to efficiently translate molecular structure and reactivity to address challenges at the frontiers of materials, biological and energy conversion chemistries.
Dr. James Tilden
Professor Tilden’s work focuses on the synthesis of novel therapeutics for the treatment of neuropathic pain, as well as methodologies for the functionalization of biological molecules.
Dr. Tremylla Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a Bruin Alumna who received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology. With diverse industry experiences as a Quality Control Chemist, R&D Biochemist, and Scientific Project Manager, she will help students develop strategies to pursue career goals and enhance soft skills to be successful in their future position.
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