Welcome to Biochemistry

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.

Biochemistry will help you develop a strong background in the basic sciences and extensive laboratory skills. Thereby, it 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 & 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

Biochemistry job postings now open

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry currently has two job postings:

  • Assistant Professor in Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry Continuing Instructor II or III

The complete postings are available on the U of L Human Resources webpage. ALL applications must be submitted online using the HR webpage. 

Links to additional information about our department, equipment and U of L research centres can be found here.

Trushar Patel

Patel earns new investigator honour from Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences

Dr. Trushar Patel (chemistry & biochemistry), who was named winner of the 2021 Biophysical Society of Canada Young Investigator Award in September, 2021, has earned a similar honour from the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences by earning the 2022 CSMB New Investigator Award.

“Being recognized nationally through these highly competitive awards is a testament to the research environment and achievements that Dr. Patel has developed,” says Dr. Dena McMartin, the University’s vice-president (research).

Patel, who came to the U of L in 2016 as an independent researcher, earned a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in RNA and Protein Biophysics in November 2017. His lab, based out of the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI), has earned extensive funding support in recent years as it investigates a variety of viral diseases including Hepatitis and Flaviviruses.

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

The University of Lethbridge’s new Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics will combine excellence in teaching with cutting-edge research.

Students should have an academic background in either life sciences (biological sciences, biochemistry, neuroscience, genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, or a related field), or mathematics, computer sciences, or engineering (or a related field).

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Bioinformatics: Unravelling Complex Biological Data

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