The Department has 33  faculty members, of whom 25 have their primary appointments in the Department. Their research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics, including nucleic acid-protein interactions, regulation of gene expression, structure and function of proteins, receptors, muscle biochemistry, mechanisms of enzyme catalysis, metabolic regulation and the structure, function and assembly of biological membranes. The Department is also home to a number of outstanding research groups.


Research funding is obtained primarily from agencies such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Heart & Stroke Foundation (HSF), the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Province of Alberta’s Small Equipment Grants Program, and the Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions(AI-HS). These agencies provide funding in the form of operating and equipment grants, graduate studentships, fellowships, scholarships and establishment grants for new investigators which amounts to over $15.4 million in 2009.

Physical Plant

The Department of Biochemistry is a department of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and is located on two and one-half floors (57,603 sq. ft.) of the Medical Sciences Building (MSB). Also, several members of the Department are located on the third floor of the Heritage Medical Research Centre (HMRC) and the 4th Floor of the Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research building.


• state-of-the-art X-ray diffractometers 
• area detector and computer facilities 
• cell culture laboratories 
• protein sequencers 
• amino acid analyzers 
• peptide synthesizers 
• analytical and preparative ultracentrifuges 
• fluorimeters 
• spectropolarimeters 
• analytic electron microscope 
• scanning calorimeters 
• high field NMR spectrometers 
• spectrophotometers 
• high-pressure liquid chromatography instruments 
• centrifuges 
• scintillation counters
• Q-Tof mass spectrometers
• Biochemistry Stores 
• Institute for Biomolecular Design 
• National High Field Magnetic Resonance Centre
• Glass washing facility
• Workshop ​