Welcome to the Biochemistry Program

Biochemistry is the study of all living systems at the molecular level. It looks at the chemical and physical basis of life and how these living systems interact with their environments.

The Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Biological Sciences jointly offer a multi-disciplinary major in Biochemistry for the 40-course Bachelor of Science (BSc). You can also select a General Major in the Sciences and choose Biochemistry courses as options.

The Biochemistry program will help you develop a strong background in the basic sciences and extensive laboratory skills. Thereby, the biochemistry program provides background for a diverse range of careers in the life sciences, including professional programs such as medicine and veterinary medicine. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer.

Program Highlights

Big Bang Weekend

Big Bang Weekend: Science Building Grand Opening

It all starts with a bang! Celebrate the grand opening of Canada’s most advanced facility for science research and education. Explore the mysteries of the universe with FREE hands-on activities, interactive workshops, exciting performances and opportunities to talk to Canada’s leading scientists.

Join us September 13-14! This exciting event will feature interactive exhibits from Beakerhead Creative Society, speakers and tours of the new facilities in a fun and family-friendly community event.

The building adds 36,000 sq. metres to the campus footprint, but more importantly, it helps to define the University’s direction for the future. It will advance our region and province, providing incredible opportunities for generations to come.

Click below to view the Facebook event for schedule details.

Joe Ross

Diverse experience as a post-doc opens doors to industry

Dr. Joe Ross, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Nehal Thakor’s lab, is poised to make the move to working in industry thanks to the many diverse experiences that came his way as post-doc, including the chance to work in Thakor’s lab beginning in 2016.

“I was doing RNA structure and function work at my previous post-doc, which was a two-year contract in Denmark that was coming to an end,” says Ross. “I started looking for something in Canada and I liked the idea of applying my RNA skill set toward Nehal’s biofuel project. That was what initially attracted me to Nehal’s lab, but I haven’t laid a finger on that project. When I got here, Nehal asked me to start working with cancer cells.”

His willingness to take on the work and expand his repertoire led him in new directions. His first post-doctoral position was with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada looking at antimicrobial resistance in soils. His post-doctoral work in Denmark was a departure from working in agriculture and a step into learning all about RNA structure and function.

RNA Innovation

New NSERC program links RNA research and industry partners

The next revolution in biotechnology will be rationally designed ribonucleic acid (RNA)-based systems, molecular machines and devices. To prepare the next generation of RNA researchers, the University of Lethbridge, Université de Sherbrooke and industry collaborators have come together to offer the new RNA Innovation program. This unique partnership aims to produce highly qualified personnel with skills in advanced RNA research, scientific leadership, and industry experience.

Applications for the RNA Innovation program are open until September 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST. Students currently enrolled or accepted into graduate studies are encouraged to apply. Students accepted into RNA Innovation can commence their studies in January 2020. For more information, visit the RNA Innovation website linked below.


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Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The programs available in the Career Bridge office will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go. Explore career options, participate in research and develop skills that complement your degree.

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