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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

McMaster University

Department Chemical Biology Graduate Program

Overview 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.

Research Facilities 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

Geoff Werstuck - Diabetes mellitus; cardiovascular disease

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 Enquiries Jackie L Garnett
Administrative Secretary
Chemical Biology Programme
A.N. Bourns Science Building Room 156
Department of Chemistry
McMaster University
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4M1, Canada

Phone: (905) 525-9140
Email: jgarnet@mcmaster.ca

Web: http://chembio.mcmaster.ca/index.html

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