About Us

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We invite you to explore our website to learn about

our dynamic research and teaching enterprise
in the Department of Biochemistry! 


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Department of Biochemistry recognizes diversity of identity and experience as a source of strength that promotes excellence, innovation, flexibility and adaptability in our discipline. We embrace, nurture, value and celebrate this diversity. See our equity, diversity, and inclusion webpage for more info.

Our Goals

First established in 1924, our Dept. has grown tremendously to form a vibrant community of faculty, research personnel, students, and administrative staff. To maintain our long-standing tradition of excellence, we strive to 

  • Advance scientific discoveries through our successful research programs;
  • Participate in the scientific education of undergraduate students;
  • Provide high-quality research training for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

We aim to create an exceptional research and teaching environment in order to inspire the next generation of scientists and educators.

Our Location

The Dept. is a core unit of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and is located in the Medical Sciences Building on the main campus. Additional faculty offices and research labs are found in the Siebens Drake Research Institute, Molecular Biology Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, and Lawson Health Research Institute. See Western maps.

Our Research

Our research faculty comprise a diverse, multi-disciplinary community that effectively advances research discoveries. Our scientists have expertise in the following areas:

  • genome dynamics, epigenetics, and gene expression
  • human genetics and clinical biochemistry
  • signal transduction and intracellular communication
  • macromolecular structure and dynamics
  • proteomics
  • bioinformatics
Their high-quality research programs encompass such themes as cancer biology, vascular biology, neurobiology, stem cells, maternal and fetal health, aging, infection, and synthetic biology.

Productive collaborations within our research community and beyond have been vital to accelerating our research successes. In addition, our research facilities provide essential services for advancing our work.

Our Seminars

To promote research interactions and disseminate scientific knowledge, our Dept. hosts a weekly Visiting Speaker Seminar Series. In addition, the Dr. Maud L. Menten Memorial Lecture Series features seminars from high-profile scientists. We also have Graduate Student Research Symposia to provide our students with opportunities to speak about their research.

Our Students and Post-doctoral Scholars

Scientific education of students and trainees is a valuable Dept. initiative.

  • At the undergraduate level, teaching encompasses biochemistry courses for biology, chemistry, and biochemistry programs, as well as for dental and medical students. We offer undergraduate Honors, Majors, and Minors in Biochemistry, as well as joint specializations with other sciences.
  • At the graduate level, our programs include state-of-the-art research training leading to thesis-based MSc and PhD degrees, as well as a non-thesis MSc.
  • At the post-doctoral level, we offer excellent research training and access to research facilities.