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Masad J. Damha

Distinguished James McGill Professor

B.Sc. (McGill, 1983)
Ph.D. (McGill, 1988)


R.U. Lemieux Award (CIC), 2020
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (The Governor General of Canada), 2012
Bernard Belleau Award (CSC/CIC), 2007
Merck-Frosst Award for Therapeutic Research (CSC/CIC), 1999
Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC), since 1999
The John Charles Polanyi Chemistry Prize, 1989
Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching (McGill), 2011-12
David Thomson Award in Graduate & Teaching (McGill), 2010


Distinguished James McGill Professor, 2018-present
James McGill Professor, 2004-18
Fessenden Professorship in Science Innovation (McGill), 2010
President, International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids, 2019-20
President, Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society, 2013-14
Nicaraguan Academy of Science, Member, 2017-present

Contact Information

Office: Otto Maass 413A
Phone: (514)398-7552
Email: Masad.Damha [at] McGill.CA
Lab: Pulp & Paper 209-213
Lab Phone: (514)398-4822/4799
Web Page:

Research Themes

Chemical Biology 

Research Description

Our group is interested in the chemical synthesis, biochemical properties and molecular behavior of nucleosides, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA, branched RNA) and their analogues (e.g., ANA, 2’F-ANA). A goal of this research endeavor is to gain a detailed understanding of inter- and intracellular communication between nucleic acids, and between nucleic acids and proteins (e.g., crRNA and CRISPR/Cas9). Many of our projects are chosen because of their potential impact on biotechnology (e.g., siRNA, antisense oligonucleotides, aptamers). More details can be found on our laboratory website)


(full list available at on Google Scholar Citations and PubMed)

Currently Teaching

CHEM 302 Intro Organic Chemistry 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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