Department Programs


More than one hundred members conduct research over a broad area of modern biomedical sciences and life sciences. Approximately thirty professors (or core members) are located in the Faculty of Medicine at the Health Sciences Building (Roger Guindon). Others are cross appointees from clinical departments of the Faculty of Medicine and affiliated teaching hospitals or adjunct members from research institutes and government agencies in the Ottawa area. One uOttawa research centers, the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (OISB) is located within our Department. Other ongoing research initiatives being developed in the Department with partners include the Ottawa Institute of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (OICBB) and Ottawa Metabolism Research Initiative (OMRI). Multiple University-wide research core facilities have been established, including state-of-the-art LC-MS/MS for proteomics and lipidomics studies, genomics, structural biology (x-ray crystallography), cell imaging, and flow cytometry.

The BMI core members conduct high-quality, collaborative research in areas of cancer biology, proteomics, genome dynamics, cellular communication, macromolecular structure, metabolism, vascular biology, neurobiology, stem cells, bacteriology, virology, and immunology. (Recent publications by BMI core members are listed in “Research”.) Our Department offers a vibrant, dynamic, and highly interactive research and learning environment for trainees at undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels.

Graduate Education

Two graduate programs, Biochemistry (BCH) and Microbiology and Immunology (MIC), are offered leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) A specialization in Human and Molecular Genetics is also offered in collaboration with other graduate programs at the Faculty of Medicine. M.Sc. students can also complete a specialization in Bioinformatics through a multidisciplinary collaborative program. Currently the Department also supports a CIHR Training Program in neurodegenerative lipidomics (for more information please contact, and participates in the NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Quantitative Biomedicine at the University of Ottawa.

Undergraduate Education

We offer an honors BSc. degree with a specialization in Biochemistry, which can be be achieved in both official languages. In addition, studies in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering can be combined in a five year program leading to an Honours degree in Biochemistry with Specialization plus a BASc in Chemical Engineering.  Students who complete specific groupings of courses can obtain a Major or a Minor in Biochemistry.

Our members also teach undergraduate medical students in the Faculty of Medicine. Our M.D. program includes case-based learning (CBL).

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Last updated: 2014.07.18