Welcome from the chair
Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences within the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University! We are a dynamic and enthusiastic group of faculty, staff and students with a passion for research, teaching and fun!
Our faculty run internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary research programs spanning diverse areas of biochemistry, including anti-microbial research, drug discovery, cell biology and regulation, structural biology, infection and immunity, nutrition and metabolism, stem cell biology and cancer. Our research laboratories are supported by state of the art infrastructure and research facilities.
The Centre for Microbial Chemical Biology houses the High Throughput Screening Lab, the Natural Products Chemistry Lab, the Protein Lab and the Bioanalytical Lab. The McMaster Biophotonics Facility provides cutting edge microscopy and fluorimetry capabilities while the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy houses world-class electron microscopy infrastructure. The passion of our investigators for research and discovery has created a rich and collaborative environment, as evidenced by international personnel awards, competitive funding and publications in high impact journals.
The innovation and discovery of our investigators' research programs ensure excellence in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduate students are exposed to a diverse curriculum in our Honours Biochemistry program, administered through the Faculty of Science. Students with more specialized interests can take our Biomedical Research Specialization, Origins Specialization, Honours Arts & Science and Biochemistry or Honours Integrated Science and Biochemistry programs. Our graduate students are involved in cutting-edge research and scholarship in two graduate programs, Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, the latter being jointly administered with the Department of Chemistry. Our graduate students are routinely awarded provincial and national fellowships and awards and publish in high impact journals. Additionally, the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences has a dynamic group of post-doctoral fellows, who play an active role in the Faculty of Health Sciences Post-Doctoral Association. The broad expertise of our faculty members along with active and innovative approaches to learning ensures that our graduates are poised for success in their future careers.
Within the Department, we have an active Biochemistry Society whose motto is "It's only biochemistry but we like it!". The society runs a diverse array of programs culminating in the yearly Formal, an event not to miss. Check out BiochemRocks on Facebook, to keep up with the latest events in the department. Scroll through photos of our many social events, including the annual Halloween, Christmas and summer picnic activities!
Please take this opportunity to browse through our web pages to learn more about the research, teaching and fun that make Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences such a wonderful and engaging environment. Do feel free to contact us at any time if you would like to meet with a faculty member or tour our facilities. We hope to see you soon!
Karen Mossman, Chair
New Graduate Studies Webpage!
Graduate Application Procedure
BiochemRocks Goes DIGITAL!
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H I G H L I G H T S
Michael Kamin Hart Scholarship
Michael Kamin Hart was a gifted Master’s student studying biochemistry at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) when he received the untimely diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He passed away on June 5, 2011 at the age of 25, but his legacy lives on thanks to a scholarship in his name that’s fuelling critical research at the IIDR.
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Dr. Brian Coombes, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (Biochemistry), will be hosting a
Graduate School Information Session designed for students considering a Masters or
Doctoral degree in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster
University. Attendees will learn about our program overview, admission requirements,
financial support and application procedures and deadlines.
Five research programs led by members of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) will receive more than $14M from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The grants, which will support cutting-edge research ranging from the discovery of novel antibiotics to the development of a global vaccination strategy to control Tuberculosis (TB), are part of a larger $667M investment from two of the federal agency’s funding competitions.
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Tired of getting the flu vaccine every year? Thanks to research being conducted at a Canadian university, soon you may not have to.
Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. are developing a flu vaccine that would be administered only once, eliminating the need for the annual shot.
Dr. Matthew Miller, an assistant professor of biochemistry at McMaster, is part of the team of researchers developing the universal vaccine. The basis of its success, he said, is that it targets an unchanging part of the flu virus.
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Faculty Member of the Month
Dr. Lu got his BSc and MSc in chemistry from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He then obtained his PhD from University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. He since went to Boston, MA, USA to complete two post-doc fellowships at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both of which are affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His training background is in proteomics, a powerful research tool that can be used to discover and measure more than 10,000 proteins in human cells.
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