Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Home to many internationally recognized researchers, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is focused on subjects of great interest to the general public. Researchers in the Department study many important diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease and inflammation. Together with others in the Departments who focus on drug research, they are working both understand these issues and develop treatments and cures. Other major aspects of the Department’s research focus on developing new antibiotics: this is an urgent priority since resistance to existing drugs is so prevalent around the world. Several members of the Department are working to understand how the function of genes is controlled. The excellence of our research is amply demonstrated by the fact that several members of the Department have been recognized by major research prizes.

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Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Ciernia, Annie Gene-Environment Interactions; Epigenetics; Brain development; Autism; Neurodevelopmental disorders
Cullis, Pieter Molecular biology for therapeutic purposes, lipids, immunological drugs
Dedhar, Shoukat molecular biology, molecular biology as it relates to disease; developing new theraputics for cancer; how brain cells (neurons)make connections, therapeutics for cancer; molecular genetics and cancer; medical research, cancer, inflammatory diseases, cariovascular diseases, Cellular proteins, extracellular martrix, integrins, signal transduction, calreticulin, protein kinase, gene expression, cell differentiation
Duong, Franck Applied immunology (including antibody engineering, xenotransplantation and t-cell therapies); Medical molecular engineering of nucleic acids and proteins; Biochemistry; Immunology; Cancer; drug delivery; Antibodies; Membrane Receptors
Finlay, B Brett Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it
Foster, Leonard Biotechnology; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Microbiology; Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Immune System; Agriculture; Proteomics; Honey bees; host-pathogen interactions; antigen presentation; Systems Biology
Gsponer, Joerg Protein-DNA, protein-RNA and protein-protein interactions
Howe, LeAnn Gene regulation; Epigenetics; chromatin
Jan, Eric Virus; Nucleic Acids; Proteomics; Virology; Antiviral innate immunity; translation; Protein synthesis; RNA; RNA structure function; tRNA; ribosome; RNA virus; protease; molecular biology; picornavirus; Innate immunity; coronavirus; enterovirus; SARS; coxsackievirus; virus host interactions
Kastrup, Christian drug delivery, coagulation, biomaterials, atherosclerosis, in-vivo imaging, microfluidics
Mayor, Thibault Proteostasis; Protein Degradation; Protein Folding; Proteomics; Ubiquitin; Proteasome; Neurodegenerative diseases; Aging; Cell Biology; Yeast Genetics; Biochemistry
McIntosh, Lawrence Protein structure-dynamics-function; Regulation of gene expression; Signal transduction; Cancer; Enzyme mechanisms
Molday, Robert Proteins, cell structure, lipids, drug discovery, gene therapy
Mui, Alice Inflammatory Signalling Pathways
Parker, Seth Metabolomics; Cell metabolism; Pediatric cancer; mass spectrometry; Childhood disease; Cancer; Solute carriers; Metabolism; Mitochondria; Stable-isotope tracing; Functional assay development
Sadowski, Ivan Gene regulation contributing to cancer and HIV, and yeast, regulation of HIV-I latency and replication in T cells
Strynadka, Natalie Blood Research, structure-based design of inhibitors, antibiotic-resistance mechanisms, macromolecular assemblies, bacterial viability pathogenesis
Subramaniam, Sriram Medical, health and life sciences; cryo-EM; cryo-electron microscopy; Cryoelectron Microscopy; Scanning Electron Microscopy; Advanced Electron Microscopy; drug discovery; Drug-design; Focused ion beams; Electron tomography; Tomography; Single particle imaging; Single particle analysis; structural bioinformatics; Structural Biology; COVID-19 therapeutic design
Teves, Sheila Genetics; Genome Science; Epigenetics; molecular biology; Transcriptional memory and cellular identity in mouse embryonic stem cells; Molecular Epigenetics (MEG)
Tokuriki, Nobuhiko Experimental evolution of proteins and molecular networks.
Van Petegem, Filip Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Genetic Diseases; Ion channels; electrical signaling; Cardiac arrhythmia; Epilepsy; Calcium signaling; Structural Biology; electrophysiology
Yip, Calvin Gene Regulation and Expression; Genetic Diseases; Enzymes and Proteins; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Molecular Structure and Sizing; Imaging; Regulation of autophagy degradation; Chromatin modification / epigenetic regulation; Molecular etiologies of rare diseases


Jenna Riffell

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)

Peter Grin

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)

Jerry Leung

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)