Summer student hiring is now almost complete. We currently have 19 students funded from various programs working in our research labs.
Congratulations to Dr. Shahidi who was the recipient of the 2017 MilliporeSigma /Nicholas Pelick-AOCS Research Award ..
Memorial University has awarded the main construction contract for the Core Science Facility to Marco Services Limited.
The contract, known as CP-3R, is for the remaining work on the building. Construction will resume on the project this spring. It is slated to open for the fall semester in 2020.
“The development of our new Core Science Facility at Memorial University is the cornerstone of our infrastructure renewal plan and vital for the continued success of our great university,” said President Gary Kachanoski. “Once complete, the core science facility will enhance our ability to recruit and retain world-class faculty who will provide the best education for undergraduate and graduate students.”
Students from O'Donel High School were hosted by the Department of Biochemistry on Thursday May 18th where they used newly learned skills in protein determination, DNA extraction and DNA interpretation to solve a couple of CSI whodoneit's put together by the Biochemistry departments student lab staff.
On July 1, 2017, Memorial University will mark a special milestone.
On that date, the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, which first opened on July 1, 1967, will turn 50 years old. To commemorate, the department is hosting a reunion weekend Sept. 8-10 and hopes to reconnect with many former students, staff and faculty.
Dr. Phil Davis retired at the end of December after a long and illustrious career. Dr. Davis first came to Memorial in 1968 and during his time here was an undergraduate student, technician, graduate student, faculty member, researcher, and department head. We wish him a long, healthy, enjoyable retirement.
Drs. Robert Brown and Fereidoon Shahidi, Department of Biochemistry, and Dr. Chris Parrish, Department of Ocean Sciences, secured $211,876 for a facility focused on metabolomic analysis. The CFI funding will provide the research team with high-tech equipment, allowing the team to discover new food supplements, screening methods for diseases and new affordable treatments for diseases.
You can read the complete story on the Faculty of Science news page.
Undergraduate Students, who meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in carrying out a 13 or 16 week, 35 hours per week, research/development work term, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member or regular term appointee, are invited to submit an application to University Student Summer Internship Program (USSIP). Students are limited to applying to only one department/academic unit at Memorial. Research awards resulting from Memorial’s 2017-2018 internal competition must be taken up in the Summer 2017 semester.
Deadline for submission to Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS):5:00 p.m., February 15, 2017
The deadline for applications for the 2017-18 competition is noon, Thursday January 26, 2017. Printed and signed hardcopies of the application, official transcript and the Approval Form for Release of Student Information must also be delivered to Research Grant and Contract Services (Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, Room IIC-2015) by the submission deadline.
At its regular meeting on Dec. 1, Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the appointments of Dr. Mark Abrahams as associate vice-president (research) pro tempore and Dr. Mary Courage as acting dean, Faculty of Science.
Both appointments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Dr. Abrahams, who currently serves as dean of science, will replace Dr. Ray Gosine, who was named vice-president (research) pro tempore in October. Dr. Courage, University Research Professor, Department of Psychology, will replace Dr. Abrahams.
Campus Food Bank Christmas Hamper
This year the Campus Food Bank expects to give out about 90 Christmas hampers and are seeking assistance in filling them. All non-perishable donations are greatly appreciated. The items required for an average size family are listed by clicking here.
Marie Codner has once again placed boxes in the Feltham room and any donation would be appreciated. If you are giving cash and would like a receipt please let Marie know. December 7th is the deadline.
Congratulations and Welcome
Welcome to our new graduate students who have joined us this Fall:
Our winners’ prize for the Campus Food Bank’s 12 Days of Giving was a donated coffee break. We again collected the most food of any department participating, an achievement we’ve reached many times before. .
Are multivitamins effective? Are we consuming too many and can they cause harm?
Those are a few of the questions which will be answered at a free public lecture on the Memorial St. John’s Campus on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in room IIC-2001.
The Department of Biochemistry mourns the passing of Dr. Ratnajothi Hoover.
The Department of Biochemistry graduate and undergraduate student summer symposium is changing format this year. We've joined with some other Memorial programs to put off a two-day research event. See story for details.
Please note changes to the 2016-2017 course schedule for Biochemistry and Nutrition majors and minors. Our offerings on the Self-Service registration pages reflect these changes. We are also reminding students of the requirement for Science 1807. See story for details.
Dr. Seán Brosnan was recently inducted as a Faculty Fellow at the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study. Fellows are selected from top scholars with outstanding professional accomplishments.
Biochemistry welcomes alumnus Dr Scott Harding back to Memorial University as a new Grants Facilitation Officer in the Faculty of Science.
Here's a compendium of many of the activities that occured in the Biochemistry Department during the summer and fall of 2015.
NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) fund summer jobs in research labs here at Memorial, as well as other universities. The deadline to submit your application is noon January 22. See story for further details.
The Biochemistry General Office along with many other of our departmental services will be closed from 10 am Thursday, December 24th until 9:00 am Tuesday, January 5th. All deferred and supplementary exam applications should be submitted on Tuesday, January 5th. Students will be given a minimum of 48 hours notice for writing any such exam. All exams will be written during the first week of classes, (January 6 – 12, 2016).
Chemistry has announced changes to Chemistry 2100 and 2210 scheduling beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. Science 1807 (or Safety 1000) continues to be a required prerequisite course, affecting Winter 2016 registration . Please read linked story for further information on these two matters.
Congratulations to Ed Durnford, a double alumnus of the department, who won the 2015 Cape to Cabot race on Sunday 17 October. Congratulations also to faculty member, Dr. John Robinson, who competed and completed the race for the seventh time.
The Department of Biochemistry congratulates Dr. Jay Kalra, one of our earliest PhD students on receiving this year’s Memorial University Alumni Tribute Award recognizing Outstanding Community Service.
It was a full house for the recent Dean of Science Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Over 280 students, who represent the top 10 per cent in the faculty, were admitted to the Dean's List, possibly the largest number at one time.
Memorial University’s Faculty of Science, Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Library, the Botanical Garden and Let's Talk Science have joined forces with the Johnson GEO Centre and St. John’s Regional Library to host a series of science themed events during the week of Sept. 21st.
The Department of Biochemisry welcomes Dr. Benoît Lamarche, Professor and Chair of Nutrition at Université Laval, to present the second Rusted-Bayley Public Nutrition Lecture on the topic of "What is Healthy Eating in 2015" on tuesday September 15 at 7:00 pm in IIC2001.
IMPORTANT - there are a number of changes to the department's course offerings in 2015-16. Please read on to find out more before you choose and register for your Fall courses
Our MUN lab safety course Safety 1000 has a new academic equivalent, Science 1807. It is the exact same course, just available with two different numbers. 1807 will appear in the 2016-2017 calendar, but is is in effect now as a requirement for certain Biochemistry courses. See rest of story for details.
Over the winter months a variety of activities occurred in the department, finishing with the biggest event of the year for us, convocation. Read our story for more information.
At Spring Convocation ceremonies, on May 27th and 28th, over fifty undergraduates and four M.Sc. students convocated with their degrees in Biochemistry or Food Science.
Three new PhDs in Biochemistry were awarded at Convocation on Tuesday May 26th: Laura McBreairty (R), Matthew Nosworthy (L), and Jason Robinson. All three were co-supervised by Drs Janet Brunton and Rob Bertolo making this a rare "laboratory family" celebration. Congratulations all.
A student who has clear or conditional standing may write a supplementary examination in a course if the final grade obtained is 45-49F and if his or her term mark is at least 50%.
Deadline to apply for Winter 2015 final exam period is April 29, 2015.
Cody O’Brien, a biochemistry major and avid Let’s Talk Science volunteer, has been named Community Leader (Atlantic) in the 2015 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards.
As the Winter semester started we were happy to welcome some new people to the department. See our story for details.
Fall 2014 was a busy time in the Biochemistry Department and we have much to report. See our story for details.
Congratulations to Emily Courage, an M.Sc. student under the supervision of Dr. Brown , who was awarded an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award for her submitted abstract to the Experimental Biology 2015 conference in Boston, MA in early Spring.
Congratulations to Kayode Balogun, a PhD candidate in Dr. Cheema’s lab, on receiving the J. Beryl Truscott Graduate Scholarship for the second consecutive time.
The students, staff, and faculty of the department of biochemistry wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!
The Biochemistry General Office along with many other of our departmental services will be closed from 10 am Wednesday, December 24th until 9:00 am Monday, January 5th. All deferred and supplementary exam applications should be submitted on Monday, January 5th. Students will be given a minimum of 48 hours notice for writing any such exam. All exams will be written during the first week of classes, (January 5 – 9, 2015).
Sara March, an undergraduate student in the Biochemistry (Nutrition) program passed away in a tragic traffic accident on Sunday Nov 2nd. Students, staff, and faculty in the department extend our condolences to Sara's family and loved ones.
A busy summer in the department has lead to an even busier fall with a new head, new students, new scholarship, and a distinguished service award winner to top it all off! See our story for full details.
Dr. Alain Nepveu from McGill University's Biochemistry Department will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Biochemistry Summer Symposium. Dr. Nepveu's talk will be Wednesday August 13th, 2014 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Suncor Fluvarium.
The concept design phase of the new 425,000 sq. ft. core science facility is expected to wrap up in July.
On June 25th, three concepts will be presented in a Town Hall session to the Memorial community, with the goal of establishing a preferred scheme based on the strengths of each design.
The Canadian Nutrition Society/Societe Canadienne de Nutrition is holding its 2014 Annual Meeting in St. John's June 5 - 7.
The department celebrated the May 2014 Convocation by inviting graduates and their families in for a light lunch. Some departmental awards were given at the event. See related story for more details, as well as more May news.
The winter semester was a time of much activity in the Biochemistry Department. See our story for work, social, and scholarship news.
Biochemistry major, Peter Gregory, was awarded the male AUS swimming student-athlete community service award at the 2014 Subway AUS swimming championship banquet on February 6th in St. John's.
January started off slowly as the provincial power outages saw a deferred opening at Memorial. See story for that and other January news.
The department finished a year full of hard work with a well-deserved Christmas break. See our story for what we did in December before we closed down our labs until January .
The Biochemistry General Office along with many other of our departmental services will be closed from 10 am Tuesday, December 24th until 9:00 am Friday, January 3rd. All deferred and supplementary exam applications should be submitted by 5pm Friday, January 3rd. Students will be given a minimum of 48 hours notice for writing any such exam. All exams will be written during the first week of classes, (January 6 – 10, 2014).
See link at "read more" for details.
November saw the appointment of a new department head, Dr. Mark Berry, effective July 1, 2014. See story for all our November news.
October saw generosity in action in the department. See story for details.
September was a a very busy month in the department. See our news story for details.
Our 3rd Summer Student Symposium was a great success. See our story for news on speakers and prize winners. Other August news items are also included.
We've two special prizes to highlight this month, see the news story for details
This month we celebrate individual and group accomplishments.
The highlight for the month of May was Spring convocation. Read about that as well as our other events in the May news article.
April 2013 saw the winding down of the term as exams were written and students looked forward to summer jobs. See more news here.
The search for a new Department Head has commenced anew. Details and a copy of the job ad for distribution are available upon reading more...
March was a quiet month in Biochemistry as the term wound down and exams approached. Read about our happenings in the March news article.
Preliminary meetings about space planning in the new Core Sciences Building occurred in February. This is the beginning of a process that will take some years before we move into our new home. Read about this and other departmental events in our February news article.
The start of a new year is a busy time as we welcome back in-progress students, and welcome aboard new ones. See item for a review of our January events.