McMaster University


McMaster University



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!




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

Biochemistry 50th Anniversary


New Graduate Studies Webpage!


Graduate Application Procedure


New Program


BiochemRocks Goes DIGITAL!

Biochem Rocks Aplication

The BiochemRocks app is now live!
Download the BiochemRocks app from the Apple and Google app stores today!




Felicia Vulcu

Two health sciences faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching

Two faculty members of the Faculty of Health Sciences have been recognized with a President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

Felicia Vulcu and Sandeep Raha were among this year's five recipients of the award which recognizes contributions to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching and enhanced student learning at McMaster University.

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Yingfu Li

Federal government invests in McMaster technologies

Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences Professor, Yingfu Li, received $672,000 to develop a novel litmus paper-like sensor device, printed with bioink, to enable rapid and accurate detection of Legionella pneumophila – a deadly environmental pathogen found in many man-made and natural water sources.

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Jonathan Schertzer

Grants advance diabetes and tuberculosis research

Jonathan Schertzer, assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, will receive just less than $1 million over five years for his work on obesity, diabetes and a better understanding of how bacteria in the gut can be used to stop or slow prediabetes.

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Jakob Magolan

Organic chemist building better drugs joins Faculty of Health Sciences

Jakob Magolan is excited when he talks about the research opportunities that an organic chemist can bring to the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

The inaugural Boris Family Chair in Drug Discovery and new faculty member of the Faculty of Health Sciences says his specialization in building synthetic molecules can enable his laboratory to contribute to many of McMaster's biomedical research efforts.

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Faculty Member of the Month

Matthew Miller

Dr. Matthew Miller joined the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical sciences 3 years ago – returning to Ontario after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Peter Palese at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. During his time in the Palese Laboratory, Dr. Miller was involved in the discovery and characterization of broadly-neutralizing antibodies that target influenza virus. This work helped inform the development of a “universal” influenza virus vaccine by the Palese laboratory that is now in clinical development.

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