Masad J. Damha

Distinguished James McGill Professor

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

Awards & Recognitions Received

President, International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids, 2019-20
James McGill Professor, 2004-18
President, Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society, 2013-14
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (The Governor General of Canada), 2012
Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching (McGill), 2011-12
David Thomson Award in Graduate & Teaching (McGill), 2010
Fessenden Professorship in Science Innovation (McGill), 2010
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

Office: Otto Maass 413A
Phone: (514)398-7552
Email: Masad.Damha [at] McGill.CA
Web Page:

Lab: Pulp & Paper 209-213
Lab Phone: (514)398-4822/4799

Research Themes:

Chemical Biology 


Research Description:

Our group is interested in the synthesis, biochemical properties and molecular behavior of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) and their analogues. 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. Many of our projects are chosen because of their potential impact on biotechnology.



Currently Teaching:

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