Andrew K. Udit

Professor Andrew Udit
Associate Professor, Chemistry; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry
H.B.Sc., University of Toronto; Ph.D., Caltech
Department Chair, Biochemistry
Appointed In: 
2005
Office: 
Norris Hall of Chemistry 311, office AKU

Andrew Udit’s research in Chemical Biology focuses on perturbing coagulation with virus nanoparticles, and catalysis using enzymes.

Professor Udit completed undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 2000 with an emphasis in biophysical chemistry, and received the E.A. Robinson Medal for graduating top of his class. He then pursued graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology under Frances H. Arnold (2018 Nobel Laureate) and Harry B. Gray where he studied bioelectrocatalysis with fellowships from NSERC and the Willits Foundation. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2005, he was awarded a HHMI teaching-research fellowship to undertake work at Occidental College under Michael G. Hill.

In 2006, he moved to La Jolla, California, to work at The Scripps Research Institute under M.G. Finn with a fellowship from CIHR and studied bioconjugation methods. Since returning to Occidental in 2008, Professor Udit has received several prestigious awards including grants from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Research Corporation, the NSF, and the American Heart Association. He has been invited to give seminars around the world, while his work with undergraduates at Occidental has resulted in publications in several high impact journals (consult CV).

For a description of Professor Udit’s research, see this article that profiles his work with viruses and coagulation, and this article he authored describing the roles of cytochrome P450 in medicine and technology.