Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
Dr. Bin Zhang, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University, will join the department as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2016.
Bin received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, where, together with his advisor, Dr. Thomas F. Miller, he developed theoretical and computational models to unravel the molecular mechanism underlying protein translocation across the cell membrane.
Bin's area of interest has broadened to three-dimensional genome folding and stochastic gene regulation. His primary research goal is to understand the structure-dynamics-function relationships of the human genome using an integrative approach that will combine bioinformatics, computational modeling and theoretical analysis. In particular, the goal of the Zhang Lab will be to construct high-resolution structural models of the genome to reveal its organization principles, and to incorporate genome structural dynamics into gene network models to elucidate the role of 3D genome organization in cell differentiation.