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Biochemistry

MOLECULAR. CHEMICAL. PHYSICAL.

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

Pandemic underlines need to revamp academic system that disadvantages parenting researchers and women

The COVID-19 pandemic pressure tests our societies in many ways and reveals often overlooked, long-existing and festering systemic challenges and disadvantages. One of the most universal experiences associated with the current pandemic has been the struggle of working parents forced to balance full-time, stay-at-home jobs with the challenge of parenting and home-schooling.

University of Lethbridge researchers Drs. H.J. Wieden and Ute Kothe, along with graduate student Luc Roberts, detailed in a recent article published in EMBO Reports, that the struggle is just as acute in the academic world — widening an already existing gulf between researchers who are active parents and those who are not, thereby presenting a threat to the diversity, inclusivity and quality of research communities. The authors identify the pandemic as an opportunity to rethink and overhaul the academic career and reward system that consistently disadvantages parenting researchers and women.

Research paper examines novel approaches to addressing antibiotic-resistant pathogens

University of Lethbridge researchers in the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) are making strides in addressing the antibiotic crisis caused by the steady emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Recent work on the molecular basis of antibiotic action conducted in the research group of Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden, director of ARRTI, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). This report, published in one of the three most influential scientific journals in the world, is a result of a collaboration with Dr. Scott Blanchard (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and adjunct professor at Weill Cornell Medical College) and Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu (Los Alamos National Laboratory).

Dr. Trushar Patel

From Dengue fever to Zika, viruses are prevalent around the world and virus pandemics frequently make headlines. University of Lethbridge, Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute, Chemistry and Biochemistry researcher Dr. Trushar Patel and his team are shining new light on viruses and how they survive in an effort to ultimately develop approaches that could apply to families of viruses to inhibit their replication.

Patel is a Canada Research Chair in RNA and Protein Biophysics. His lab is inspiring and training the next generation of researchers, including Tyler Mrozowich (BSc ’18), a master’s candidate who first worked in Patel’s lab as an undergraduate student in 2017.

“We have an ongoing commitment to teach the next generation of trainees, starting from the first-year undergraduate all the way to the PhD program,” says Patel. “If you are motivated, we help you create and harness your research skills, which helps us push the research forward and helps you get your career moving forward.”

 

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