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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.



D. Bromme, H. Brumer, S. Dedhar, D. Devine, F. Duong, L. Eltis, B. B. Finlay, L. Foster, J. Gsponer, P. Hieter, L. Howe, E. Jan, D. P. Kelleher, M. Kobor, T. Mayor, R. Molday, C. Nislow, I. Sadowski, N. Strynadka, S. Subramaniam, N. Tokuriki, F. Van Petegem.

Professors Emeriti

C. Astell, P. Bragg, G. Brayer, R. Brownsey, P. Candido, P. Cullis, P. Dennis, V. Ling, R. MacGillivray, G. Mackie, G. Mauk, L. McIntosh, M. Roberge, S. Withers.

Associate Professors

H. Kim, V. Measday, A. Mui, C. Yip.

Assistant Professors

E. Greenblatt, E. Lim, S. Parker, S. Teves, A. Vogel Cernia.

Assistant Professor Emeritus

M. Numata.

Program Overview

Facilities are available for original investigations in many fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Possible areas of research include: understanding the molecular basis of organismal development and multiple diseases, including: cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, retinal degenerative diseases, bacterial and viral infections.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' admission requirement, students must hold an honours bachelor's degree in biochemistry with high standing or a research-based master's degree in biochemistry, or the equivalent.

Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete courses in biochemistry and related fields in accordance with the recommendations of the program and the student's committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' admission requirements, students with a degree in biochemistry or in related disciplines can be accepted providing they have graduated with high standing from university programs giving a strong background in science.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. program includes an 18-credit thesis and 12 credits of approved courses in biochemistry and related fields. BIOC 303 and 301, or the equivalent, are prerequisites to all graduate courses in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Contact Information

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.822.5925
Fax: 604.822.5227
Doris Metcalf, Graduate Program Coordinator

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