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!




Lori Burrows and Michelle MacDonald

Lori Burrows honoured with MUFA Award for Outstanding Service, Michelle MacDonald honoured with CAUT Dedicated Service Award

The McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) presented Lori Burrows, member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and a professor and associate chair of biochemistry and biomedical sciences with a MUFA Award for Outstanding Service at the Association’s Annual General Meeting yesterday.

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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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Deborah Sloboda

Hamilton Women of Distinction celebrated

Congratulations to Deborah Sloboda who won the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Science, Technologies and Trades!

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Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller awarded the Bhagirath Singh Early Career Award in Infection and Immunity

The CIHR’s Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) has selected Dr. Matthew Miller as its 2015 laureate for the Bhagirath Singh Early Career Award in Infection and Immunity.

Established in 2010 to honour the III’s inaugural Scientific Director, Dr. Bhagirath Singh, this prize is awarded annually to a new investigator in the field of infection and immunity who obtained the highest ranking in the institute’s Open Operating Grants competition.

The official ceremony took place this past month at the III New Investigator Forum in Quebec City.

Faculty Member of the Month

Andrew G. McArthur

Andrew McArthur is one of our newer faculty members, having joined the department in October 2014, with his lab located in the M.G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research. He has a diverse research history, with a Ph.D. exploring the evolutionary origins of deep-sea invertebrates, time as Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and as research faculty at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Use of computational approaches to address biological questions has always been central to his research and in 2006 he left academia to form his own bioinformatics company, working with academia, government, and industry.

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