Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry within all living organisms. Through innovative research and scholarship, we are working to understand, prevent and treat disease, including genetic disorders. Our department is home to biochemistry, molecular biological, medical genetics, computational biology and cancer biology expertise, practiced in an intellectually enriching research and teaching environment.
What we offer
We are proud to offer several educational programs in biochemistry and medical genetics, at multiple levels of expertise.
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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.
Current research projects
Research projects within the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics are wide-ranging and cover a number of topics.
Our department is currently examining advances in cancer research, computational biology, epigenetics, regenerative medicine and more.
Our department is currently studying challenging problems in discovery such as the molecular origins of cancer, the role of signal transduction pathways in regulating cell proliferation, cell death, gene expression and platelet function.
Discovery of biomarkers, mechanisms of cell death, and the biochemical action of chemotherapeutics is also a focus. Many faculty members are affiliated with the Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology (RIOH).
Members of our department are studying the use of computational methods to deal with large, complex data sets generated by high-throughput DNA, RNA and protein sequencing methods. This research involves the development, implementation and use of new algorithms, databases and high-performance computing to solve problems related to human health.
The following topics are the current focus for this group:
- large-scale machine learning for genome and transcriptome analysis
- biomedical proteomics and pharmacogenomics
- precision medicine
Learn more about the groundbreaking research being conducted by faculty members in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics.
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
Find an advisor for your graduate studies
You must have an advisor willing to accept you as a student to pursue graduate studies in our department.
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree under the mentorship of a faculty researcher not listed, you are welcome to contact that faculty member directly to inquire about potential graduate positions.
Advisors accepting graduate students
|Britt Drögemöller||genomics, bioinformatics, pharmacogenomics, precision medicine, pediatric and maternal populations|
|Meaghan Jones||bioinformatics, birth cohorts, data analysis, DNA methylation, DOHAD, epigenetics, mouse models|
|Mojgan Rastegar||DNA methylation, epigenetics, gene regulation, transcriptional control, stem cells, Rett Syndrome, MeCP2 isoforms, neurodevelopmental disorders, stem cell differentiation|
|Robert Beattie||cortical development, developmental biology, genetics, gliogenesis, lineage tracing, molecular biology, mosaic analysis with double markers, neural stem cells, neurobiology, neurogenesis, single-cell biology|
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