Maureen McKeague

Assistant ProfessorMaureen McKeague

B.Sc. (Carleton University, 2007)
Ph.D. (Carleton University, 2012)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Stanford University, 2012-2016)
Researcher/Lecturer (ETH Zürich, 2016-2018)
Associate Editor, Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids, 2022-present
Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2021
Canada Research Chair Tier II, CIHR in Genomic Chemistry, 2019-present
Executive Editor Aptamers, Library Publishing Media, 2020-present
Editor Advisory Board, ACS Chemical Research in Toxicology, 2021-2023

Contact Information

Office: P&P 104
Lab: OM 400; McMed 1317
Lab Phone: 514-398-1689
Email: Maureen.Mckeague [at] McGill.CA
Website: McKeague Group Website

Research Themes

  • Analytical/ Environmental
  • Chemical Biology
  • Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Research Interests

Chemical Genomics

The chemistry of the genome is far more complex than the base pairing recognition of A-T and G-C. For example, small modifications to each base (e.g., DNA damage and epigenetic marks) profoundly impact a cell’s ability to proliferate and produce secondary metabolites. On the other hand, direct binding of small molecules to DNA or RNA can be used to regulate biosynthetic pathways. Our research bridges the chemistry of the genome to natural product production and clinical diagnostics for new applications in green chemistry and cancer therapeutics.

Currently Teaching


CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHAR 303 Principles of Toxicology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHAR 702 Topics in Pharmacology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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