McMaster University

McMaster University

DEPARTMENT OF
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Welcome from the chair

Karen Mossman

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!


Research

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.


Teaching

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.


Fun

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

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Eric Brown

McMaster experts leading efforts to address ‘explosion’ of resistance to antibiotics - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/mcmaster-experts-leading-efforts-to-address-explosion-of-resistance-to-antibiotics/#sthash.2pESijsb.dpuf

McMaster experts leading efforts to address 'explosion' of resistance to antibiotics.
Eric Brown

Eric Brown, a professor in McMaster’s Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology, is a driving force behind this Keystone Symposium, a conference that’s bringing together 150 international experts to talk about ways to address antibiotic resistance.

a professor in McMaster’s Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology, is a driving force behind this Keystone Symposium, a conference that’s bringing together 150 international experts to talk about ways to address antibiotic resistance. - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/mcmaster-experts-leading-efforts-to-address-explosion-of-resistance-to-antibiotics/#sthash.2pESijsb.dpuf

a professor in McMaster’s Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology, is a driving force behind this Keystone Symposium, a conference that’s bringing together 150 international experts to talk about ways to address antibiotic resistance. - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/mcmaster-experts-leading-efforts-to-address-explosion-of-resistance-to-antibiotics/#sthash.2pESijsb.dpuf

a professor in McMaster’s Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology, is a driving force behind this Keystone Symposium, a conference that’s bringing together 150 international experts to talk about ways to address antibiotic resistance. - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/mcmaster-experts-leading-efforts-to-address-explosion-of-resistance-to-antibiotics/#sthash.2pESijsb.dpuf

 

Ray Truant

'Damn Scary': A test will tell Bulldog, Jake Dowell, if he has Huntington's disease.

Ray Truant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Sloboda

Chronic diseases could be programmed in utero

The old saying that you are what you eat may be out to lunch.

Turns out, you may be what your mother ate.

Deb Sloboda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Miller

'Universal Flu Vaccine' may be closer that we think...

'Universal flu vaccine' may be closer than we think, says Mac researcher - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/universal-flu-vaccine-may-be-closer-than-we-think-says-mac-researcher/#sthash.r7CrMvJr.dpuf
'Universal flu vaccine' may be closer than we think, says Mac researcher - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/universal-flu-vaccine-may-be-closer-than-we-think-says-mac-researcher/#sthash.r7CrMvJr.dpuf
Matt Miller

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights

Faculty Member of the Month

Dino TrigattiBernardo Trigatti

Bernardo Trigatti joined the Department of Biochemistry at McMaster University as a Faculty Member in the year 2000. A member of the interdisciplinary and highly collaborative Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute, his laboratory is located in the David Braley Cardiac, Vascular and Stroke Research Institute building at the Hamilton General Hospital campus of Hamilton Health Sciences. His group's research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of atherosclerosis, the major cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as heart disease and strokes. According to the World Health Organization, CVD is the leading cause of death world-wide, accounting for 31% of global mortality.  CVD is also among the major pathological outcomes of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.  

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