Chemistry of Life

The Chemistry of Life Program is a program within the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State that aims to propel training and research at the interface of Chemistry and the Life Sciences through development of innovative coursework, undergraduate and graduate training, and the strategic growth of key research faculty across NC State, building the foundation for significant growth and external funding opportunities. Our program creates synergies with programs across campus to bring together molecular minded researchers at NC State and prepare students for the modern, interconnected world.

Over 40 faculty from four colleges are actively involved in the program, led by the College of Sciences, with key partnerships with the Biotechnology Program and the Global Health Program. We are also connected to the broader network of over 200 CMI faculty from across the Research Triangle.  For information on the broader CMI, visit the website!

Executive Committee:

Program Director

Joshua Pierce
Associate Professor of Chemistry
LORD Corporation Distinguished Scholar –
University Faculty Scholar
College of Sciences
jgpierce@ncsu.edu

Associate Director

Gavin Williams
Professor of Chemistry
LORD Corporation Distinguished Scholar –
University Faculty Scholar
College of Sciences
gjwillia@ncsu.edu

EC Member

Casey Theriot
Associate Professor
Population Health and Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
cmtherio@ncsu.edu

EC Member

Jane Lubischer
Assistant Department Head
Biological Sciences
Director of Biology BA
College of Sciences

jllubisc@ncsu.edu

EC Member

Melanie Simpson
Professor and Department Head Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
College of Ag and Life Sciences
msimpso3@ncsu.edu

EC Member

Yevgeny Brudno
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
UNC-CH/NC State
College of Engineering

ybrudno@ncsu.edu