Dr. Hrant Hratchian earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Wayne State University in Michigan. In recent years, Hratchian was honored with a Hellman Foundation Fellowship, an NSF Career award and an Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater.
Hratchian joined the faculty in 2013 and most recently served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Prior to UC Merced, he worked as a research scientist with Gaussian Inc, a company that develops, licenses and supports computational chemistry software.
He has served in several leadership roles at UC Merced, including as interim co-director of Cyberinfrastructure and Research Computing and as chair of the Academic Senate’s Graduate Council. He also served on the Senate’s Divisional Council and was UC Merced’s representative on the UC systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs.