Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide rigorous training in Chemistry and Biochemistry for undergraduate and graduate students, to integrate leadership, mentoring, curiosity and creativity, inclusion, the scientific method, and the belief that an ethical application of chemistry, the central science, can benefit the world for the greater good.

About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office Hours

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has resumed in-person office hours in Marshak Hall, Rm 1024 on the following days:

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Advising Clinic

Click here for more information regarding advising for your major. You can also find information about degree requirements, minor requirements, forms and degree checklists. This information is important to review before consulting with your advisor.

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Our Faculty 


Professor Maria Tamargo is new National Academy of Engineering member. Earlier this year Maria was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, for "forging the way toward an inclusive science and engineering research community, and for contributions to molecular-beam epitaxy of semiconductor materials.” This week (Feb 28) at the annual meeting, they introduced the new members and will hold a ceremony in person at next year’s meeting. Congratulations Maria. Read More

CUNY Names Maria Tamargo Distinguished Professor

Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Teresa Bandosz earns CUNY Distinguished Professorship

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Our Students

Ph.D. student Roksana Azad (Biochemistry), a student researcher in the Structural Biology Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY (CUNY ASRC), was awarded an F31 Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Health. The award, of more than $97,000 over three years, will go towards Azad’s tuition and health insurance, and will provide a stipend as well as travel to scientific meetings. Read more here.
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The first graduate of the Biochemistry Accelerated Masters Program, Mathiu Perez, has earned an Oxford-Cambridge Scholarship from the NIH. With the program, Mathiu will pursue an MD-Ph.D. degree through studies at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of California, San Francisco. Read more here.


Saidra Charles
2022 Chemistry and Biochemistry Ward Medal Winner

Hello, I am Saidra Charles. I graduated from City College with a Bachelor degree of science in Biochemistry. At City College, I worked with Dr. Christine Li at the CDI where I had the opportunity to do neurogenetics research. I also partake in the Science Mentoring Program where I was and still am a trainee senior mentor helping freshmen navigate college and helping them know the resources available for them on Campus. I was also a tutor for Biochemistry I, Organic Chemistry 2 and Biology 101. This summer, I had the opportunity to be a group leader for the incoming Freshmen in CCAP where we learned chemistry, physics and engineering design. They had the opportunity to learn some skills to navigate through college classes. As of now, I am a patient care volunteer at the NYP Brooklyn Methodist hospital where I help train incoming patient care volunteers to ease their way through the volunteer experience. I aspire to be an immunologist in the future but for right now I am currently teaching Advanced Placement Biology and Intro to Pathophysiology and Microbiology to H.S freshmen at Success Academy Charter School.

Baskerville Chemical Society 

Baskerville Chemical Society

Check out our own Chemistry/Biochemistry club, Baskerville Chemical Society! Click here to read more about the club and how you can join.  


Check out the latest news in chemistry.

11/29/2022:The City College of New York has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $6M to support recent bachelor’s degree holders and Ph.D. students with research and training in biochemistry and bio-inspired nanoscience. (Read more)

Drs. Ruth E. Stark and David Jeruzalmi received The RaMP award to support recently graduated bachelor’s degree students with full-time research and training in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Bio-design, also called B-Cubed.

Drs. Ruth E. Stark and Stephen O’Brien received The Nanoscience Award to support the research of doctoral students in bio-inspired nanoscience; the project is named NanoBioNYC.


Dr. Kevin Gardner and Dr. Ruth Stark received a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to build a helium recycler for the City College of New York and the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at CCNY. Why is this important? Helium is a finite resource used in MRIs and a lot of scientific research. With the price of helium rising over the past few years, the impact on the medical and scientific community was becoming a concern. 

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Degree Programs

Learn about the undergraduate and graduate programs that we offer. 



ACS Accreditation: obtain an ACS Approved Bachelors in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Here’s how: www.ccny.cuny.edu/chemistry/acs-accreditation 

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Contact Information

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Marshak Science Building
Room 1024
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

p: 212.650.8402
f:  212.650.6107
e: chemdept@ccny.cuny.edu

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Upcoming Events

Please join us on Monday March 25, 2024, where Elena Galoppini will be giving a seminar on the paper, Functionalization of Nanostructured Semiconductor Surfaces with Chromophores: New Approaches Using Linker Design at 12 noon. Seminar will be held in-person at MR-1027.

Please join us on Wednesday March 27, 2024, where Brian Kelch will be giving a seminar on the paper, Peering under the hood of Nature's macromolecular machines: motors, rings, springs and things from 12-1PM. Coffee & tea 11:30AM. SEMINAR LOCATION: ASRC Main Auditorium 85 St. Nicholas Terrace. View on Zoom: https://gc-cuny.zoom.us/j/91637964386