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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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


Professors Emeriti

C. Astell, P. Bragg, G. Brayer, R. Brownsey, P. Candido, P. Dennis, R. MacGillivray, G. Mackie, G. Mauk, M. Roberge.


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

Associate Professors

J. Gsponer, C. J. Kastrup, H. Kim, V. Measday, A. Mui, N. Tokuriki, C. Yip.

Assistant Professor Emeritus

M. Numata.

Assistant Professors

S. Parker, S. Teves, A. Vogel Cernia.

Program Overview

Facilities are available for original investigations in many fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Possible areas of research include: control of gene expression in eukaryotes and bacteria; structure and function of genes; systems biology; blood proteins; the mechanism of the action of insulin; membrane and membrane protein structure and function; protein trafficking; cell-surface receptors, signal transduction, and cell-growth control; neural and retinal photoreceptor membranes; lipid-based targeted delivery systems; macromolecular crystallography and X-ray diffraction techniques for the characterization of enzymes and protein complexes; metalloprotein structure and function; mechanisms of enzyme activity; mechanism of hemoprotein electron transfer; structural analysis of proteins by nuclear magnetic resonance; mechanisms of multi-drug resistance; and cancer.

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

The University of British Columbia

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Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1

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