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

Research group patenting urinary analysis to diagnose concussion and enhance recovery protocols

Sport-related concussion (SRC) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become one of the most important issues in sport, affecting everyone from multi-million-dollar athletes to children playing at the minor level. From health to economics, SRC now influences the way games are played and governed and yet, the actual tools available to diagnose concussions are limited and mainly subjective.

Researchers at the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary are looking to insert objectivity into that equation with a non-invasive test that examines specific metabolites in a player’s urine. The results not only indicate whether a player is concussed but determine when a player can return to sport and even possibly aid in personalized therapeutic strategies to enhance recovery.

Drs. Gerlinde Metz (Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge), Chantel Debert (University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services) and Tony Montina (BSc ’08, MSc ’10, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Director Magnetic Resonance Facility, U of L) have an approved provisional patent that allows them to focus on a panel of 18 specific urinary metabolites, which together give a biomarker signature for diagnosing SRC.

14th Annual Chinook Symposium - NOV. 19, 2021

NOTE - the date of the Symposium is now NOV. 19, 2021.

The Chinook Symposium is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge. The mandate of the symposium and associated poster prize is to recognize undergraduate and graduate students performing original research in chemistry and biochemistry. All students who have participated in research in the Department are encouraged to participate. To particularly encourage junior students in their research endeavors, the Chinook Poster Prizes have been established at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Registration opens Aug. 2 and closes Sept. 20, 2021. 

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

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

Please join instructors, Drs. Athanasios Zovoilis and Angeliki Pantazi as they walk you through the exciting present and future of bioinformatics. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, including the courses, learning outcomes and career pathways.

October 27 12-1:30 p.m. (MDT) or Nov 5 5-6:30 p.m. (MST)
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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).

ACID:BASE creates a safe place for marginalized groups in chemistry

If you are interested in the chemical sciences and want a safe place for marginalized groups in chemistry, run, don’t walk, to join ACID:BASE! U of L brings a local chapter of the CWIC to campus …

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Professor Stacey Wetmore

"The best and most meaningful part of my job is working with my students in my research lab. This is really a different type of teaching and mentoring." Dr. Stacey Wetmore is a Professor …

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Dr. Paul Hayes returns from five-month fellowship in Japan

During their five-month stay in Japan, Dr. Paul Hayes and his family hiked to the top of Mt. Fuji.

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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