A new program in Chemical Biology is being offered where chemical biologists study the composition, structure, properties and interactions of chemicals in living organisms. The program offers MSc and PhD training opportunities in microbial chemical biology.
Recent acquisitions funded by both the Provincial and Federal Governments have provided state-of-the-art facilities for research in chemical biology. Research facilities include: Magnetic Resonance Facility, Regional Centre for Mass Spectrometry, Single Crystal X-ray Facility, Protein Preparation Facilities, Cell culture facilities, computational facilities, and extensive optical spectroscopy resources.
In addition, McMaster University has the only academically-based high-throughput screening facility in Canada , which is capable of both enzyme and high content whole-cell screening. Individual faculty members also have their own equipment in their laboratories which they support and maintain. More information about our research facilities is available on individual departmental websites.
List of Faculty
David W. Andrews - Cancer Biology, Therapeutics and Biochemistry
Paul W. Ayers - Density functional theory; computational modeling of enzymes
Christian Baron - Microbiological Biochemistry and Antimicrobial Research
Paul J. Berti - Microbiological Biochemistry and Antimicrobial Research
Russell Bishop - Biogenesis of the Gram-negative Cell Envelope
John D. Brennan - Bioanalytical Chemistry and High Throughput Screening
Philip Britz-McKibbin - Bioanalytical chemistry; separation science; metabolomics; cellulomics
Eric D. Brown - Microbiological Biochemistry and Antimicrobial Research
Lori Burrows - Bacterial Adhesins and Biofilm Formation
Fred Capretta - Organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry, parallel synthesis, chemical biology
Brian Coombes - Microbiological Biochemistry and Antimicrobial Research; Cell Biology and Gene Regulation
Richard M. Epand - Cell Biology and Regulation
Turlough M. Finan - Molecular genetic studies on symbiotic N2-fixation and phosphate metabolism; plasmid genetics.
Cecile Fradin - Molecular Biophysics
Alba Guarné - Biological X-ray Crystallography; Structural Biology and Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure/Function
Radhey S. Gupta - Cell Biology and Regulation
Paul H.M. Harrison - M.C.I.C. Bioorganic chemistry; biosynthetic processes; biomimetics
Adam P. Hitchcock - F.C.I.C. Electron impact and synchrotron spectroscopies; X-ray microscopy of proteins
Murray S. Junop - Biological X-ray Crystallography; Structural Biology and Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure/Function
Yingfu Li, B.Sc. - Structural Biology and Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure/Protein
Brian E. McCarry - F.C.I.C. Environmental chemistry; trace analysis; metabolomics
Graham McGibbon - Biological Mass Spectrometry, Protein Structure and Biomolecule Interactions, Proteomics
James McNulty – Synthesis; organophosphine chemistry; anticancer drugs; chemical biology; natural product isolation
Giuseppe Melacini - Biological NMR, protein structure & dynamics, biomolecular interactions, structural genomics
Justin R. Nodwell - Bacteria as multicellular organisms
Joaquin Ortega – Electron Microscopy Studies of the HtrA family of Proteases
Bernardo L. Trigatti - Cell Biology and Regulation
Ray Truant - Cell Biology and Regulation
John F. Valliant - Medicinal inorganic and radiopharmaceutical chemistry
Lesley A. Warren - Microbial-Geochemical linkages
Elizabeth A. Weretilnyk - Biochemical and molecular genetic analysis of plant metabolic adaptation
Gerard D. Wright - Microbiological Biochemistry and Antimicrobial Research
Daniel S-C. Yang - Structural Biology and Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure/Function
Boris S. Zhorov - Structural Biology and Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure/Function
Financial Support Available
Current minimum levels of support are $19,000 for M.Sc. and $21,000 for Ph.D. students. Many of our students secure scholarships from Provincial or Federal granting agencies including in particular the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, National Science and Engineering Research Council and Ontario Graduate Scholarships.
The graduate stipend is designed to cover the costs of tuition and living expenses. With the relatively low cost of living in the area surrounding the university, students can expect to live comfortably on their stipend alone.
All students who are accepted into the Chemical Biology graduate program are awarded a graduate stipend. Full-time graduate students receive financial support in the form of a Teaching Assistantship plus a Graduate Scholarship.
The Program also awards annually a number of scholarships in addition to regular Graduate Scholarships. These take the form of Entrance Scholarships to highly qualified incoming students, and in-course Scholarships for outstanding performance in our graduate programs. All incoming students are automatically considered for an entrance scholarship at the time of application.
Graduate students with the proper qualifications are also encouraged to apply for major scholarships awarded at the national (NSERC) and provincial (OGS) level. More information about these external scholarships is available from the School of Graduate Studies.
Admissions and EnquiriesJackie L Garnett Administrative Secretary
Chemical Biology Programme
A.N. Bourns Science Building Room 156
Department of Chemistry
1280 Main St. West
L8S 4M1, Canada