Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry studies the elements that comprise all matter. Everything around us — the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, cars we drive, even our bodies — are made from these elements.

Chemistry is often called the central science as it deals specifically with the 112 elements that comprise all matter. Everything around us - the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, buildings we live in, cars we drive - our very bodies - are all made from these elements. There are five main branches of chemistry: analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.

The primary focus of the program is to provide you with extensive theoretical knowledge in all five branches of chemistry, while enhancing your technical and practical skills with hands-on experience and research opportunities.

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.

Department 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.

14th Annual Chinook Symposium - Prize Winners Announced

There was a ton of activity in the Science Commons last Friday, November 19, 2021 as the 14th Annual Chinook Symposium for Chemistry and Biochemistry was hosted 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.

Over 100 people participated in the symposium. Highlights include poster presentations from students at all levels (high school, undergrad, MSc, PhD, postdoc). Four oral presentations. 23 judges total from the U of L community. More than 15 prizes were awarded at the end of the day.

The Chinook Symposium for Chemistry and Biochemistry was an exciting return to an in-person large-scale event to highlight excellence in research! Congratulations to all who participated.

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).

Harnessing Biological Information in a Data-Driven World

Bioinformatics allows us to analyze and understand large amount of information, helping us with everything from personalizing cancer treatments to making agriculture more sustainable.

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The Field of Science that's Hot and Getting Hotter

Rapid growth in bioinformatics means a surge of job opportunities in the field, both across the country and around the world.

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Bioinformatics: Unravelling Complex Biological Data

The uLethbridge Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics at aims to demystify bioinformatics and help students harness the power of analysis and interpretation for a wide range of applications, combining computer programming, data analysis and …

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

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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 University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

You have a bright future — experience it via Career Bridge at uLethbridge!

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