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What we offer

We are proud to offer several educational programs in biochemistry and medical genetics, at multiple levels of expertise.

Undergraduate courses in genetics

Our undergraduate courses include opportunities to learn about genetics and cell biology. The genetics project course allows students to gain practical experience in genetics-related wet or dry bench research.

Department research

We are committed to advancing our understanding of biochemistry and medical genetics and improving patient outcomes through our advanced research.

Research projects within the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics are wide-ranging and cover a number of topics. Our department is currently studying environmental impacts during development, new therapies for cancer or rare genetic disorders, as well as computer-based approaches to develop new diagnostic tools and understand our risk for drug-related adverse effects.

Researcher profiles

Learn more about the groundbreaking research being conducted by faculty members in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics.

Student working with a test-tube.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Each year, the University of Manitoba provides a multitude of unique learning opportunities through the undergraduate research awards. This program allows undergraduate students to interact with the best minds and research leaders in their fields. This experience opens them up to new possibilities for a research career in either government, academic or industry sectors.

Community and partners

University of Sierra Leone

Department faculty, Dr. Francis Amara and Dr. Etienne Leygue, visited Sierra Leone in 2019 to train future leaders in STEM. During their visit, they established teaching and research partnerships with the University of Sierra Leone’s Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and have since been appointed as adjunct professors.

Scholarship of Education Group

The Scholarship of Education Group is an exchange forum for international bioscience educators to share their educational research findings to guide curricular development and teaching decisions.

Human Rett Syndrome Brain Bio-Repository Laboratory

Dr. Mojgan Rastegar established a new Human Rett Syndrome Brain Bio-Repository Laboratory in the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). Establishment of the lab was supported by private donations from Rett Syndrome parents and the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association (ORSA). Rett Syndrome parents from British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, as well as ORSA President, Kevin Morton, were among the attendees at the grand opening of this new laboratory in September 2019.

Educating Young Manitobans

Our department worked with event coordinator Kristine Macalinao to host the “Let’s Talk Science-GeneTalks High School Symposium” on May 14, 2019. Introducing more than 50 high school students to bioinformatics and microscopy and their applications in cancer research studies.

Faculty and staff

Our team

Our faculty and staff are committed to supporting learners, colleagues and the community. Contact us to learn more about our department and what we have to offer:

Contact us

Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
Room 336 Basic Medical Sciences Building
745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada