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About Chemistry

Message From The Chair

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Chemistry & Chemical Biology (C&CB) is a thriving department located in bustling downtown Indianapolis.  It offers a unique program of graduate study at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine.  As a scholar in C&CB, you will have the opportunity to work with a vibrant group of faculty who are performing research in areas such as chemical biology, enzymology and drug discovery, the development and application of advanced bio analytical methods, computational and experimental biophysics, bioinorganic, organic and bioorganic chemistry, and forensic science. 

Small class size and collaboration

Even with these diverse research opportunities, C&CB remains a relatively small department (19 faculty members), which allows students to develop close working relationships with faculty and their peers.  Our department strives to maintain a collegial environment.  Through collaborative interactions with faculty just across the street in the IU School of Medicine, our students also work on issues of medical significance.  They are committed to making an impact in the lives of the people in Indianapolis and the wider Indiana community.

  • IUPUI is ranked 7th in the nation in 2014 in the US News & World Report's list of "Up-and-Coming" national universities
  • IUPUI is an urban research and life and health sciences institution near 5 hospitals and the Indiana University schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing
  • In common with other schools on the IUPUI campus, C&CB attracts a diverse pool of students from more than 100 countries
  • IUPUI's campus is at the center of it all in Indianapolis, Indiana - the 13th largest city in the United States with a population of 1.8 million
  • Indianapolis is home of prestigious companies such as Eli Lilly, Roche Diagnostics, and Dow AgroSciences
  • This diversity was recently recognized by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need award to C&CB that gives scholarship funding for graduate research by female and underrepresented minority students

I invite you to take a look around our website to obtain additional information about our rapidly growing department, to complete an application for graduate study, and to schedule your visit.

Alumnus takes advantage of science expertise

Ronald R. Bowsher 1977 Alumnus, B.S. Chemistry