The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada offers rigorous and marketable degrees at the undergraduate level in chemistry and biochemistry that can be taken in the co-op format, or combined with the Minor in Multidisciplinary Studies offered by Science College. At the graduate level, we offer masters's and doctoral degrees with opportunities for research in both areas.
CO-OP Students working in the Quebec Provincial Forensics Lab
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A New Faculty Member
The Department is delighted to announce the appointment of a new faculty member, Dr Dajana Vuckovic, who joined us last December. She comes from the Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto, where she has been a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Andrew Emili.
Dr Vuckovic is a bioanalytical chemist and her research interests include mass spectrometry, metabolomics, proteomics, chromatography and separation science, and sample preparation.
Prof. Vuckovic is seeking graduate students and undergraduate project students to join her lab in 2013..
For more information about Prof. Vuckovic, please go to her web page.
Tier I Canada Research Chair
We are searching for a Chair in Environmental Biochemistry. Please see the full advertisement for more details.
Recent Graduate AwardsDoctoral Dissertation Prize in Engineering and Natural Sciences
The Department is delighted to announce the awarding of a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to Brigitte Desharnais (More on this site).
Karine Lalonde was awarded a Prix d'excellence du Chapitre Saint-Laurent from the Division Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment Center Environmental Analysis of the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
We also heartily congratulate Maria Arias-Montecillo who is this year's winner of the Bourse Gilles Joncas for Best Co-op Student in Quebec.
Recent Undergraduate Awards
We congratulate final-year student Rami Chatta who has won the Dr. Ronald Calderisi Scholarship in Biochemistry for 2011-12. This scholarship is directed to students with a declared interest in continuing their education in the field of medicine. (More)
Harrison Saulnier was named Valedictorian for the Sciences convocation on June 18, 2012. He was also awarded the Science College Medal of Excellence.
The Chemistry Medal given at Convocation for the most outstanding graduating student in each department was won this Spring by Fei Chen.
For other awards and details, please visit our News & Events section.
More about us...
Chemistry is the science that examines the structure of substances and their reactions to produce novel and useful products. Biochemistry is the part of chemistry that deals with chemical changes occurring in biologically relevant systems; i.e., changes taking place in living cells that are responsible for life processes.
Chemistry and biochemistry deal with complex concepts, and specialization has become the norm. The traditional subdivisions are physical, inorganic, analytical, organic and biochemistry, but many new interdisciplinary subdivisions have emerged, such as bioinorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, nanochemistry, protein engineering and chemical biology, to name just a few. Each is based on the same fundamental principles of chemistry, but deals with a rather specific aspect. These divisions are all inter-dependent. Many of the important discoveries have been the result of teamwork involving chemists from the various sub-divisions.
At the undergraduate level, the aim of Concordia University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is to offer the best education in chemistry or biochemistry, whether it is for a student who is intending to be a specialist, or one who is taking courses as a requirement of some other career, or for general interest.
At the graduate level, the Department is committed to fostering a strong research community in several niche areas of immediate relevance, while maintaining a long-standing tradition of preparing our graduates for careers demanding a broad spectrum of technical and research skills. Relatively small research groups make for a particularly rewarding experience along the way to a valuable advanced degree.
Our research centres include: the Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling, the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry with special expertise in biomolecule analysis by LC-MS, and the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics.
Among the major facilities accessible to faculty and students are the Integrated Platform for Biomolecular Function, Interactions and Structure (BIOFINS), and an NMR laboratory
Our department is located in the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex on the grounds of the Loyola campus of Concordia University. The facilities, which include new, spacious and well-equipped undergraduate teaching and graduate research laboratories, was opened in the fall of 2003. Conveniently housed in the same complex are the cognate departments of Biology and Physics.