Biochemistry is the application of chemical, genetic, and biophysical approaches to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. Biochemists are interested in the dynamic events that occur in cells, for example, in mechanisms of brain function; cellular differentiation; energy utilization by animals and microorganisms; and in the molecular basis of inheritance and disease. The biochemist seeks to determine how specific molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins and hormones function in various cellular processes. Biochemists place particular emphasis on the regulation of reactions in living cells. The knowledge and methods developed by biochemists are applied in all fields of medicine, in agriculture and in many chemical and health- related industries. Biochemistry is unique in providing basic theoretical training as well as basic practical laboratory training and research in both enzymology and genetic engineering, the two basic components in the rapidly expanding field of Biotechnology.
Three programs are offered by the Department of Biochemistry. The Honours and Major programs provide a sound background for students who wish to have a professional career in biochemistry and can lead to postgraduate studies and research careers in hospital, university or industrial laboratories. The Liberal program is less specialized, offering students opportunities to select courses in other fields of interest.
During the first year, each program provides basic training in organic, physical and analytical chemistry as well as in biology and physiology. The Honours and Major programs become more specialized in biochemistry during the following two years with additional work in chemistry and biology.
Students interested in pursuing an ad hoc Joint Major or Joint Honours degree between Biochemistry and a second discipline may consult with our Chief Adviser.
The increasing involvement of complex technology in modern society requires personnel trained in both chemistry and biology. With the advent of biotechnology, the combination of chemistry, molecular biology, enzymology and genetic engineering found in the biochemistry program provides the essential background and training in this area as well. The biochemist is in an advantageous position to fulfil this role and assume a wide variety of positions in industry and the health field. These include: research and development in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries; testing as well as research in government and hospital laboratories; management. Many graduates pursue higher degrees in research and attain academic positions in universities and colleges.
|Chair & Professor|
|David Y. Thomas; B.Sc.(Brist.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Univ. Coll., Lond.), F.R.S.C.|
|Associate Chair & Professor|
|Peter E. Braun; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)|
|Rhoda Blostein; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.S.C. (joint appoint. with Medicine)|
|Robert E. MacKenzie; M.N.S., B.Sc.(Agr.)(McG.), Ph.D.(C'nell.)|
|Edward A. Meighen; B.Sc.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)|
|Walter E. Mushynski; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Theodore L. Sourkes; M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(C’nell), F.R.S.C.|
|Clifford P. Stanners; B.Sc.(McM.), M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Nicole Beauchemin; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.) (joint appoint. with Oncology)|
|Albert Berghuis; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Rijks Univ. Groningen, the Netherlands), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|Philip E. Branton; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (Gilman Cheney Professor of Biochemistry)|
|Peter E. Braun; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)|
|Kalle Gehring; M.Sc.(Mich.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)|
|Vincent Giguère; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval) (joint appoint. with Oncology)|
|Philippe Gros; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.) (James McGill Professor)|
|Roderick McInnes; B.Sc., M.D.(Dal.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|William Muller; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Alain Nepveu; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Sher.) (joint appoint. with Oncology)|
|Morag Park; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Glasgow) (William Dawson Scholar) (joint appoint. with Oncology)|
|Jerry Pelletier; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Gordon C. Shore; B.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Joseph Shuster; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Calif.), M.D.(Alta.) (joint appoint. with Medicine)|
|John R. Silvius; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Alta.)|
|Nahum Sonenberg; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Weizmann Inst.), F.R.S.C. (James McGill Professor)|
|Michel L. Tremblay; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Sher.), Ph.D.(McM.)|
|Maria Zannis-Hadjopoulos; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appoint. with Oncology)|
|Imed Gallouzi; Maitrise, DEA, Ph.D.(Montpellier, France)|
|Arnim Pause; B.Sc., M.Sc.(U. Konstanz, Germ.), Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appoint. with Goodman Cancer Centre)|
|Maxime Bouchard; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval) (joint appoint. with Goodman Cancer Centre)|
|Josée Dostie; B.Sc.(Sher.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|Thomas Duchaine; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.) (joint appoint. with Goodman Cancer Centre)|
|Bhushan Nagar; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)|
|Julie St-Pierre; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Camb.)|
|Jose Teodoro; B.Sc.(W. Ont.), Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appoint. with Goodman Cancer Centre)|
|Jason Young; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McM.)|
|Karine Auclair (Chemistry)|
|Jacques Genest (Medicine)|
|Matthias Götte (Microbiology and Immunology)|
|Michael Hallett (Computer Science)|
|Qutayba Hamid (Medicine and Pathology)|
|Robert Scott Kiss (Medicine)|
|Gregory Miller (Pharmacology & Therapeutics)|
|Vassilios Papadopoulos (MUHC)|
|Ianusz Rak (Pediatrics)|
|Reza Salavati (Parasitology)|
|Maya Saleh (Medicine)|
|Erwin Schurr (Exp. Medicine, RVH)|
|Charles Scriver (Pediatrics, MCH)|
|Peter Siegel (Medicine)|
|Bernard Turcotte (Exp. Medicine, RVH)|
|Simon Wing (Medicine)|
|Xiang-Jiao Yang (Molecular Oncology, RVH)|
|Prabhat Arya (NRC, Ottawa)|
|Mirek Cygler (B.R.I.)|
|Jacques Drouin (IRCM)|
|Anny Fortin (Dafra Pharma)|
|Tarik Möröy (IRCM)|
|Donald Nicholson (Merck)|
|Maureen D. O'Connor-McCourt (B.R.I.)|
|Enrico Purisima (B.R.I.)|
|Martine Raymond (I.R.I.C. Montr.)|
|René Roy (UQAM)|
|Alex Therien (Merck)|
For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Biochemistry (47 credits).
Students may transfer into the Major program at any time, provided they have met all course requirements.
For more information, see Major Biochemistry (67 credits).
Admission to the Honours program will not be granted until U2. Students who wish to enter the Honours program in U2 should follow the U1 Major program. Those who satisfactorily complete the U1 Major program with a GPA of at least 3.20 and a mark of B- or better in every required course are eligible for admission to the Honours program. Students seeking ...
For more information, see Honours Biochemistry (76 credits).
For more information, see Immunology Interdepartmental Honours. This program is offered by the Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physiology. Students interested in the program should contact Dr. C. Piccirillo, Microbiology and Immunlogy (ciro [dot] piccirillo [at] mcgill [dot] ca, 514-934-1934 extension 45135) or Dr. Monroe Cohen, Physiology (monroe [dot] cohen [at] mcgill [dot] ca, 514-398-4342).