Studying Microbiology in Canada
Biochemistry & Microbiology
|University of Victoria
Our MSc and PhD programs in Biochemistry and Microbiology offer research training in a broad range of life science research areas at the cellular, sub-cellular and molecular levels. Our focus on research and supporting facilities (proteomics, microsequencing and aquatics) provide many exciting opportunities. Biochemistry and Microbiology faculty are involved in world class research and the department is recognized internationally for high quality research programs. Research programs are focussed on fundamental questions or practical problems related to health and the environment.
Our students and researchers work with amazing instruments and facilities. We:
- analyze atomic structure
- screen yeast with a robot
- analyze molecular interactions with an ultracentrifuge
- work with animal models
- measure gene expression with array technology
- express pathogenic proteins in insect cells
- measure proteins binding DNA or proteins binding carbohydrates
- calculate antibody affinity with surface plasmon resonance
- analyze cellular signaling with confocal microscopy
- culture cancer cells
- analyze protein expression with flow cytometry
- analyze viral genomes
- identify femtograms of protein with mass spectrometry
The Department is located in modern containment laboratory premises and has state-of-the-art research facilities.
List of Faculty
Dr. Juan Ausio, BSc, PhD (Barcelona), Professor
Biophysical and biochemical studies of DNA-protein interactions involved in chromatin assembly and gene expression.
Dr. Alisdair Boraston, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Professor
Protein-carbohydrate recognition using molecular biological, biochemical, biophysical, and structural methods.
Dr. Christoph Borchers, BSc, MSc, PhD (Konstanz), Professor
Application of mass spectrometry, proteomics, photoaffinity labelling, and molecular modelling to determine protein structure.
Dr. Martin Boulanger, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Associate Professor
Structural basis of host-pathogen and vector-pathogen interactions; structure-guided design of small molecule therapeutics and vaccines.
Dr. Douglas Briant, BSc, MSc (Waterloo), PhD (Brit.Col.), Assistant Teaching Professor
Dr. John E. Burke, BSc (UC Berkeley), PhD (UC San Diego), Assistant Professor
Structural and dynamic studies investigating the regulation of lipid signalling enzymes and their role in human disease.
Dr. Robert Burke, BSc, PhD (Alta), Professor
Biochemistry and cell biology of signaling in early animal development.
Dr. Caroline Cameron, BSc, PhD (UVic), Professor
Bioinformatic, genomic and proteomic approaches to studying the pathogenic mechanisms of spirochetes.
Dr. Stephen Evans, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Structural biology of protein-carbohydrate recognition; x-ray crystallography and scientific visualisation.
Dr. Caren Helbing, BSc (Hons)(Windsor), PhD (Western), Professor
The effect of environmental pollutants on hormonal signalling in development and disease.
Dr. Perry Howard, BSc (Waterloo), PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor and Chair of the Department
RNA processing in stem cells, Regulation of Pax6 by miRNA, and rewiring of tyrosine pathway in cancer.
Dr. Julian Lum, BSc, MSc, PhD (Ottawa), Assistant Professor (Limited Term)
Immunometabolism; understand the metabolic roles of autophagy in cancer and T cell survival, development of immune-based treatment combinations with radiation (ovary, breast, prostate, rectal).
Dr. Francis Nano, AB (Oberlin), MSc, PhD (Ill), Professor
The goal of our research is to develop genome engineering tools for generating temperature-sensitive (TS) microbial strains. One application is developing attenuated pathogens that can be used as live vaccine strains. We use directed evolution of native essential genes of mesophiles to change them to produce a TS product with a defined and non-reverting property. We also engineer genetic circuits that use a TS repressor protein to control a lethal gene in a mesophile.
Dr. Brad Nelson, BSc (Hons) (UBC), PhD (California), Professor (Limited Term)
Immune response to cancer, immunotherapy, T cell biology, cytokines, signal transduction and cell cycle regulation. Director of the Trev and Joyce Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency.
Dr. Christopher Nelson, BSc, PhD (Brit.Col.), Associate Professor
Application of molecular and systems-biology approaches to the study of chromatin regulatory pathway in yeast and mammalian cells. Current areas of investigation include transcription, RNA metabolism and DNA repair pathways involved in normal and cancer biology.
Dr. Paul Romaniuk, BSc, PhD (McMaster), Professor
Design and optimization of DNA and RNA-based isothermal amplification assays. Development of novel nucleic acid based point-of-care diagnostic tests to major pathogens in low resource countries.
Dr. Christopher Upton, BSc, PhD (Lond), Professor
Viral bioinformatics and computer technologies to analyze viral genomes.
Financial Support Available
Applicants accepted into a regular full-time graduate program are guaranteed a minimum level of support of approximately $18,000 per annum. Salary support is the responsibility of the supervisor until completion of the degree program, or if the student is asked to withdraw, until the time of withdrawal set by the student's supervisory committee. These are some of the awards and sources of financial assistance available to new students: University of Victoria Fellowships, President’s Scholarships, Research Assistantships, Petch Research Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Tuition Fellowships, External Awards.
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Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P2
Biochemistry & Microbiology
University of Victoria
PO Box 3055 STN CSC
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P6