The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology was formed in 2018 through the merger of the Biochemistry and Microbiology & Immunology departments.
It is one of the largest departments at the University of Saskatchewan, with 28 faculty members carrying out research in a wide variety of areas that include immunity to HIV infection, antibiotic resistance, biochemical aspects of Lyme disease infection, protein engineering, mitochondrial disease mechanisms, and biochemical alterations in cancer, to name only a few.
Currently, the department offers undergraduate programs in Biochemistry and in Microbiology and Immunology, as well as a highly popular double honours program that covers both disciplines. The department also offers graduate programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees in both disciplines.
Master biochemical and molecular biological techniques. Discover the practical applications of biochemical research to Medicine, Agriculture, Industry and Biotechnology. Unravel how living systems function in normal and disease states. These opportunities and more are available to you when you choose Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan.
What is Biochemistry?
“Biochemistry seeks to explain life in chemical terms. The basic goal of the science of biochemistry is to determine how the collections of inanimate objects that constitute living organisms interact with each other to maintain and perpetuate life. Although Biochemistry yields important insights and practical applications in medicine, agriculture, nutrition and industry, it is ultimately concerned with the wonder of life itself."
- Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Second Edition
Why Microbiology & Immunology?
The Microbiology & Immunology program provides students with a broad understanding of the diversity of microbiology, while at the same time allowing for specialization in areas of particular interest. Students begin by studying the structure, function, physiology, and genetics of bacteria and viruses, followed by more in-depth studies in areas such as medical microbiology and infectious diseases, molecular biology and genetics, industrial and applied microbiology, virology, and immunology.
Biochemistry is a multidisciplinary program of scientific research which involves the study of enzymes, metabolic pathways, and the synthesis, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids. This program contains a strong emphasis on biochemical and molecular biological techniques and on conceptual training in biochemical experimentation.
Learn more on our Biochemistry Graduate Studies program page.
The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology offers graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology and immunology. The department has expertise necessary for the instruction and training of advanced students in areas that include cellular and molecular biology of eukaryotes, microbial genetics and molecular biology, immunology, medical microbiology, microbial physiology, and virology.
Learn more about these on ourMicrobiology and Immunology Graduate Studies program page
Our office is located in 2D01 Health Sciences.
Dr. Bill Roesler
Department Head Assistant
Graduate Administrative Assistant
Biochemistry Student's Association (BSA)
Microbiology & Immunology Student's Association (MISA)