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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H I G H L I G H T S

Save The Date

Special Public Lecture and Q&A

Towards a universal influenza virus vaccine

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Gerry Wright

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

Antibiotic resistance threat demands curb on use in animals

Gerry Wright

Superbug bacteria in Canadian samples dating back five years that were discovered during recent tests serve as a wake-up call to stop adding antibiotics to animal feed and to boost surveillance, doctors and microbiologists say.
Surveillance recently began at hospitals across Canada and at the National Microbiology Laboratory following last November's report of resistance to an antibiotic of last resort in China. Read the full story here.

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

 

Matthew Miller

Infected, Part 1: The Pandemic Ticking Time Bomb

Is Canada at risk to be hit by a majormatt pandemic? We all know what the flu feels like. But what if you contracted a mutated flu virus so severe there's a 40 percent chance you wont survive? VICE speaks with medical experts convinced we may be overdue for a repeat of a virus similar to the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic that infected a third of the world's population and wiped out 50 million people. View the video here.

Joaquin Ortega

Pushing the frontiers of science and evidence-based decision makingortega
'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
Two McMaster projects have been awarded more than $1M from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to ensure they have access to cutting edge equipment and facilities. Ortega, a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, focuses on two biomedical challenges that threaten life: infectious disease and cancer. Read the full story here.

 

Faculty Member of the Month

Russell Bishop

Our research on bishopthe structure and function of membrane proteins attacks one of the most important and challenging problems in contemporary biochemistry. Membrane protein research in the Bishop Lab is focused on the biogenesis of bacterial cell envelopes, including biochemical studies of lipid transport, the bacterial outer membrane enzyme PagP, and the enzymology / signal transduction of lipid A (endotoxin).  

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