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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2019-2020 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2019-2020 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences

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The Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences provides facilities for students intending to proceed to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry.

Enquiries: 905 525-9140 Ext. 22064
Fax: 905 522-9033

Faculty/Fall 2019


Brian Coombes

Associate Chairs

Deborah Sloboda (Research)
Michelle L. MacDonald (Undergraduate Studies)
Matthew Miller (Graduate Studies)


Paul J. Berti, B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (McGill) / Joint appointment with Chemistry
Mickie Bhatia, B.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Guelph) / Canada Research Chair
Eric D. Brown, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Guelph) / Canada Research Chair
Lori Burrows, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Guelph) / Associate Chair, Research
Brian Coombes, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster) / Canada Research Chair / Associate Chair, Graduate Education
Cécile Fradin, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France), Ph.D. (Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France) / Joint appointment with Physics & Astronomy / Canada Research Chair
Radhey S. Gupta, B.Sc. (Agra), M.Sc. (New Delhi), Ph.D. (Bombay)
John A. Hassell, B.Sc. (Brooklyn College), Ph.D. (Connecticut)
Paul G. Higgs, B.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge) / Joint appointment with Physics and Astronomy / Canada Research Chair
Yingfu Li, B.Sc. (Anhui, China), M.Sc. (Beijing Agriculture), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser) / Joint appointment with Chemistry / Canada Research Chair
Giuseppe Melacini, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Milan)
Hendrik Poinar, B.Sc. (California Polytechnic State), Ph.D. (Ludwig Maximillians Universitat Munchen) / Joint appointment with Anthropology
Deborah Sloboda, B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto) / Canada Research Chair
Gregory Steinberg, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Guelph) / Joint appointment with Medicine / Canada Research Chair
Michael Surette, B.Sc. (Newfoundland), Ph.D. (Western) / Joint appointment with Medicine
Bernardo L. Trigatti, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Ray Truant, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Geoff Werstuck, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster) / Joint appointment with Medicine
Gerard D. Wright, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo) / Canada Research Chair
Daniel S-C. Yang, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Pittsburgh)


Associate Professors

Russell Bishop, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Alberta)
Kristin Hope, B.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Michelle L. MacDonald, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)/ Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education
Nathan Magarvey, B.Sc. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Minnesota) / Canada Research Chair
Jakob Magolan, B.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Western)
Andrew McArthur, H.B.Sc. (Western), Ph.D. (Victoria)
Matthew Miller, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Western)
Jonathan Schertzer, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Melbourne)
Karun Singh, B.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Felicia Vulcu, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)

Assistant Professors

Sara Andres, B.Sc. (Guelph), Ph.D. (McMaster)
Yu Lu, B.Sc. (Fudan), Ph.D. (Washington)
Lesley MacNeil, B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Caitlin Mullarkey, B.A. (Swarthmore), Ph.D. (Oxford)
John Whitney, B.Sc (Guelph), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Members

Stephanie A. Atkinson, B.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto) / Pediatrics
Jonathan L. Bramson, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McGill) / Pathology and Molecular Medicine
John D. Brennan, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)/ Chemistry / Canada Research Chair
Marie Elliot, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Alberta) / Biology
Thomas Hawke, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Guelph) / Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Stephen Hill, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Western) / Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Alison Holloway, B.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Guelph) / Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alexander Hynes, B.Sc. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Newfoundland) / Medicine
Charu Kaushic, B.Sc (Delhi), Ph.D. (National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi)
Mark Larche, Ph.D. (London) / Medicine / Canada Research Chair
Karen Mossman, B.Sc. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Alberta)
Ishac Nazy, B.Sc. (Guelph), Ph.D. (McMaster) / Medicine
Guillaume Pare, MD (Montreal), M.Sc. (McGill) / Pathology
Sandeep Raha, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto) / Pediatrics
Sheila K. Singh, B.Sc. (McGill), M.D. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto)/ Surgery / Canada Research Chair
Jennifer Stearns, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
Jeffrey I. Weitz, B.Sc., M.D. (Ottawa) / Medicine / Canada Research Chair

Part-Time Members

Murray S. Junop, B.Sc. (Ryerson), Ph.D. (Western)
Nancy McKenzie, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)

Professor Emeritus

Richard M. Epand, A.B. (Johns Hopkins), Ph.D. (Columbia)
Boris Zhorov, Ph.D. (Russian Academy of Science)

Research in Biochemistry

Our program encompasses all major areas of modern biomedical research. Particular strengths include infectious diseases, stem cells, metabolism, neurodegenerative diseases, developmental biology and structural biology. We are supported by state-of-the-art facilities that place us at the forefront of biomedical innovation worldwide. Students in our program hold over $1M in competitive funding and regularly publish in top tier scientific journals.

A detailed description of the research and recent publications of each faculty member is available on our website (


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