Chemistry is a uniquely central science that touches on theory, physics, environmental sciences, bioinformatics and geology on one hand and biology, psychology, drug design and medical sciences on the other. The Department of Chemistry at Georgia State University thus occupies a special, central role in the University. We are addressing questions that affect our lives in a broad range of areas such as rapid identification of disease, the safety, design and response variations of drugs, damage to our genetic DNA by radiation and chemicals, and the fundamental basis for biomolecular structure, interactions and recognition. The development of the Chemistry Department research program is a leading factor in the expansion and recognition of the University’s research status. With its current national and international research reputation, the Department provides a model for continued development of Georgia State University as a first class research University.
The Chemistry Department has a very dynamic faculty conducting cutting edge research at the interface of chemistry, biology, and biophysics. Several faculty members are actively involved in research in the areas of biophysics, computational chemistry, protein design, protein dynamics, enzyme catalysis, drug design, nucleic acid structure and function, NMR imaging, and hydrodynamics. The Chemistry Department also benefits from top-rated facilities in support of our research and teaching efforts, which include 6 high-field NMRs, 6 mass spectrometers including LC-MS, GC-MS, electrospray and MALDI MS, and high-resolution capability, two Biacores (SPR), a combinatorial chemistry facility, computer clusters, and the University Research supercomputers. The Chemistry faculty have an outstanding level of external grant funds and publications. The Department, in spite of being one of the smaller units of the University, consistently ranks near the top in external grant support and publications.