Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
UCI School of Physical Sciences
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
A.B. Columbia University, 1985
James Nowick received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry in 1985 from Columbia University and his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1990 from MIT, where he was both an NSF Graduate Fellow and an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellow. After an NSF postdoctoral fellowship in supramolecular chemistry at MIT, he began his independent career as an Assistant Professor at UCI in 1991. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor in 1998. His research interests include bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology; molecular recognition and supramolecular chemistry; and peptide and protein structure. Current efforts in his research laboratory are focused on understanding the molecular basis of Alzheimer's disease and other amyloid diseases.
With his students, Professor Nowick has published more than 100 research publications to date. In recognition of his scientific contributions, he has received a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award, an NSF Young Investigator Award, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and an American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For his contributions to research and education at UCI, he has received the Award for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Undergraduate Research, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and the School of Physical Sciences Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.