In the News

Find out more about the research, discoveries, and achievements of scientists in Arts & Sciences.

  • Gary Patti and chancellor Mark Wrighton shake hands

    Patti installed as inaugural Powell Professor

    Gary Patti has been named the Michael and Tana Powell Associate Professor of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. He was installed Dec. 1 in a ceremony in the Laboratory Sciences Building.

  • New view on electron interactions in graphene

    Electrons in graphene — an atomically thin, flexible and incredibly strong substance that has captured the imagination of materials scientists and physicists alike — move at the speed of light, and behave like they have no mass. Now, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have demonstrated how to view many-particle interactions in graphene using infrared light. The research will be presented at the American Physical Society meeting this week in Los Angeles.

  • Kater Murch selected as 2018 Cottrell Scholar

    Kater Murch, assistant professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a 2018 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The $100,000 award is for teacher-scholars early in their careers in chemistry, physics or astronomy, and recognizes innovation in both research and teaching.

  • Academy of Science-St. Louis Honors Researchers

    Five researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are being honored as outstanding scientists by the Academy of Science-St. Louis.

  • Tim Wencewicz honored as a 2017 Cottrell Scholar

    The Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has named Prof. Tim Wencewicz as a 2017 Cottrell Scholar, along with another twenty-three early career academic scientists. The designation comes with a $100,000 award for research and teaching.  The Cottrell Scholar program develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills.

  • Barbara Schaal Shares Hope for Scientific Enterprise in 2017

    Schaal, an evolutionary biologist who is best known for her work on the genetics of different plant species, has plenty of recent experience advising public servants on scientific matters. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2009 and by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 as one of three new science envoys to advise the White House and the State Department. She said there are several different ways that science should support public policy. 

  • The chemistry of cancer

    The emerging field of metabolomics holds great promise for cancer research. Susan Gelman, a graduate student working with associate professor Gary Patti, writes about the history of the field, the science of metabolism, and how the Patti lab stays innovative. 


  • Liviu Mirica wins American Chemical Society award

    The Saint Louis Award, sponsored by Monsanto Co., is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of chemistry and demonstrated the potential to further advance the profession.

  • Jonathan Barnes joins chemistry department

    The Department of Chemistry welcomes Jonathan Barnes as assistant professor. Most recently, Barnes served as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

  • Looking ahead to the future of chemistry

    Get a glimpse into the past, present, and future of the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. In the first phase of Driving Discovery, a newly renovated Bryan Hall will create a new hub for research and innovation for this dynamic department. 

  • Challenging an old idea

    For more than 80 years, scientists have thought that cancer cells fuel their explosive growth by soaking up glucose from the blood, using its energy and atoms to crank out duplicate sets of cellular components. But is this really true? Work in biochemist Gary Patti's metabolomics laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis suggests not.

  • Longer-lived imaging agents could hasten Alzheimer’s research

    A chemist at Washington University in St. Louis hopes to develop bifunctional compounds that can be both therapeutic and diagnostic agents for Alzheimer’s disease. In the first role, they would block the metal-mediated formation of amyloid beta oligomers; in the second, they would be loaded with a long-lived radioistope (Cu-64) and employed as PET imaging agents.

  • Antibiotics: Thinking outside the vial

    Given that antibiotics are losing effectiveness faster than we are finding replacements for them, chemist Timothy Wencewicz in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis suggests a new approach. Drugs that hobble the production of virulence factors — small molecules that help bacteria to establish an infection in a host — would put much less selective pressure on bacteria and delay resistance.

  • ‘If this works, structural biology will never be the same’

    Washington University’s Alexander Barnes, a chemist, physicist, electrical engineer and molecular biologist rolled into one, received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer that can determine the structure of molecules very quickly and at room temperature. His first target is a drug called bryostatin that may flush out HIV hidden in the chromosomes of our own cells.

  • Washington University alum shares Nobel Prize in chemistry​​​

    Moerner shares the award, announced Oct. 8, 2015, by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, with Eric Betzig, PhD, of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Stefan W. Hell, PhD, of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, in Germany. The trio received the award for developing super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.