About Biochemistry and the Department

What is biochemistry?

Biochemistry studies life at the molecular level. The discipline became established in the early 20th century when it became apparent that the research at the interphase of chemistry, physiology and general biology was expanding far beyond the limits of a sub-discipline. Biochemistry is at the very core of any in depth understanding of life processes. It provides the basis for all advanced knowledge in medicine, including disease pathogenesis and drug mechanism of action, and has provided technological advancements that fuel advancements in forensic science, agriculture, and environmental science.

Nobel Prizes:

The over representation of the Field of Biochemistry among Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology highlights its importance. Over the years, 50 Chemistry and 29 Physiology-or-Medicine Nobel Prizes have been awarded for biochemical discoveries. (Highlighted Nobel Prizes)

Why join the Department?

Our research labs, headed by 25 faculty members with primary appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and 8 adjunct professors with primary appointments in other departments, pursue scientific discovery in a number of areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disease. Many project are conducted in collaboration with other research groups, in particular within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, giving students an opportunity to focus on a particular question, while still keeping in touch with the "bigger picture".

Beyond the classroom and lab, there are many opportunities to learn and collaborate:
  • Seminar Courses
  • Invited Speakers
  • Conferences
  • Biannual Retreats
  • Career Development Seminars
We hold a number of social events throughout the year:
  • BBQ's
  • Golf Tournament
  • Christmas Party