1) Confocal microscopy image of cardiac muscle cells stained with a myofibril bioamarker actinin. 2) Crystal structure of a nucleosome core particle solved by X-ray crystallography. 3) Temporal heat map showing bursts of mitochondr

The Biochemistry graduate program gives students the molecular fundamentals of life processes and appropriate investigative training at the MSc and PhD level.

Students can perform research in a variety of subjects, such as the analysis of detailed aspects of molecular structures and the study of the integration of metabolism in whole animal systems.

Graduate students are also actively involved in laboratory bench work, course work, and oral and poster presentations at national and international. They acquire autonomy in conducting research and in preparing publications.

This broad, basic science background prepares students for career in a number of different work environments: teaching and research in an academic setting; research and administration in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry; or health related disciplines in the public or private sector.

Program Highlights

  • University of Ottawa’s biochemistry program is the second largest in Ontario.
  • Possibility for students to work in many research institutes affiliated with the university within the nation’s capital (OHRI, Heart Institute, CHEO)
  • Multiple University-wide research core facilities including state-of-the-art LCMS/MS for proteomics and lipidomics studies, genomics, structural biology (x-ray crystallography), cell imaging and flow cytometry.
  • CIHR Training Program in neurogenerative lipidomics and participates in the NSERC-CREATE Training program in Quantitative Biomedicine at the University of Ottawa.

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Application Deadlines

Candidates Fall term Winter term Spring-summer term
Canadian candidates August 1 December 1 April 1
International candidates March 1 August 1 January 1

Admission Requirements

Biochemistry Graduate Studies Committee

Drs. J. Baenziger (Director), K. Rayner (Assistant Director), D. Picketts, I. Lorimer, M. Fullerton, M. Pelchat, T. Lagace, A. Blais.

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