The Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (BBS), which exists within the faculties of Science and Health Sciences at McMaster University, is known for its world-class researchers and professors. You might have a course taught by them or wish to carry out research in their labs. Begin by searching for a professor or area of interest, or by scrolling through the list below. Select an image to learn more. For more information, see the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Directory.
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Dr. Bhatia is interested in human somatic and pluripotent stem cell development on a molecular level. More specifically, he focuses on characterization of pathways that govern such cells, including self-renewal and differentiation mechanisms, while employing novel in vivo models for cell and tissue regeneration.
Dr. Coombes works on understanding the relationship between pathogenic bacteria and their hosts, and how this relationship changes biologically and physiologically with respect to pathology and immunology. His lab in particular has a special interest in GI tract diseases.
Source: Coombes Lab
Dr. Li studies the various applications of single-stranded DNA and RNA (ssDNA, ssRNA) including catalytic and binding functions. Additionally, the Li Lab creates novel ssDNA/ssRNA molecules with the intention of screening for novel functions.
As a new member to SCC-RI, Dr. Lu utilizes proteomics and systems biology to study alternative splicing regulatory mechanisms to profile splicing isoforms, characterize splicing factors, and pinpoint signaling pathways of differentiation of pluripotent human embryonic stem cells and iPSC.
The MacNeil lab studies the impacts of diet and microbiota on larger-scale factors, including health and development and disease susceptibility and progress. The MacNeil lab uses high-throughput screening to identify key genes that modify an organism's response to specific environmental factors, and often uses the nematode C. elegans as a model organism.
Dr. McArthur and the McArthur lab's work spans bioinformatic approaches to sequencing and analyzing genomic causes of bacterial drug resistance, in addition to the creation of novel biological databases and the ongoing development of the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD).