Research for Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Faculty members are happy to involve undergraduate students in their research projects, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our faculty members often collaborate with other departments, community members and employers on research projects—giving you the opportunity to get additional hands-on experience. Two of the U of L’s Research Centres are in our department.
The Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) is dedicated to foster and facilitate RNA research and training excellence, to contribute to the multidisciplinary research and teaching community at the University of Lethbridge, its surrounding communities and beyond, ultimately facilitating transfer of leading-edge knowledge into the private sector as well as academia.
The Canadian Centre of Research in Advanced Fluorine Technologies (C-CRAFT) is the first Canadian centre focusing on research and training around the element fluorine. C-CRAFT brings together a local, national and international team with wide ranges of expertise in fluorine chemistry.
You may also have the opportunity to participate in research exchanges or gain experience with agencies like the Animal Diseases Research Institute and Natural Resources Canada, as well as companies like NOVA Chemicals, Husky Energy, Syncrude or Nexen Inc.
The faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and their research areas are:
- Dr. Ute Kothe - Biochemistry of ribosome biogenesis and tRNA maturation biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology investigations on RNA modification and RNA folding in bacteria and eukaryotes.
- Dr. Steven Mosimann - Structure and Function of RNA Processing. This laboratory determines atomic resolution, 3D structures (pictures) of proteins that are of medical and biological significance. These structures allow us to understand how these proteins function and contribute to the development of new medicines and biotechnology products.
- Dr. Trushar Patel - Biomolecular Interactions: The unifying theme of my research is to study multi-domain proteins, protein-nucleic acids and protein-protein complexes that affect various cellular processes.
- Dr. Nehalkumar Thakor - Research areas include Metabolic engineering, RNA synthetic biology, protein translation regulation in oncogenesis.
- Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden - Study functional and structural dynamics of protein biosynthesis in E-coli; focusing on two aspects of translation machinery - Kinetics and structural dynamics; Ribosomal proteins.
- Dr. Athanasios Zovoilis - is a rising star in RNA bioinformatics and genomics, whose research vision is inspired by convergence of human genetics with recent advances in RNA biochemistry and computational sciences.
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry/Biochemistry
- Dr. Marc Roussel - Theoretical Biochemistry. The work of my group focuses largely on mathematical problems of relevance to the understanding of in vivo biochemistry.
- Dr. Stacey Wetmore (CRC Chair) - Her Computational Chemistry research uses calculations on computers to gain information that complements and guides experimental work. Current research interests include understanding how DNA is damaged and repaired in our bodies.
- Dr. René Boeré - Main group inorganic scientist; topics include a) inorganic ring systems; b) imide, amidines, guanidines and related nitrogen ligans; c) bio-inorganic chemistry; d) preparation of highly reactive molecules containing oxygen and carbon.
- Dr. Michael Gerken - Inorganic fluorine chemist; preparation and characterization of new highly reactive fluorine compounds of main-group and transition-metal elements and multi-nuclear solid-state NMR characterization of reactive inorganic fluorides.
- Dr. Peter Dibble - Synthetic organic chemist; He specializes in methods of generating a class of highly reactive organic molecules know as isobenzofurans.
- Dr. Paul Hayes - Organometallic complexes for application in new chemical transformations and catalysis.
- Dr. Andrew Hakin - Experimental thermodynamicist; His research lies within the field of experimental thermodynamics. He specializes in utilizing the techniques of calorimetry and densimetry to probe the thermodynamic properties of aqueous electrolyte systems and aqueous systems of biochemical interest.
- Dr. Paul Hazendonk - Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy (NMR) in both solid and solution state. His focus is on fluorine-containing materials such as fluoropolymers, inorganic polymers and inorganic fluorides.
Faculty at the University of Lethbridge find themselves in a unique position to:
- access excellent undergraduate students who can provide research assistance;
- collaborate with faculty outside of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on joint projects and research areas;
- access exceptionally well-equipped facilities both on and off campus;
- work with community members and local industry on various projects and initiatives;
- work with exceptional graduate students on research programmes of international reputation;
- collaborate with colleagues in a closeknit, diverse department.
Post-Doctoral Fellows - do research in labs but do not teach classes or labs.
- Dr. Farhad Faghihi
- Dr. Senthil-Kumar Duraikannu Kailasam
- Dr. Andrew Hudson
- Dr. Binod Pageni
- Dr. Anne Rintala-Dempsey
- Dr. Joseph Ross
- Dr. Govardhan Veerareddygari