Synthesizing novel anti-cancer agents

Dr. Frank Schweizer and a team of University of Manitoba researchers, have identified a unique way to potentially treat and cure cancer using carbohydrate-based antitumor agents.

Studying the structure-function relationship of proteins

Dr. Jörg Stetefeld examines the structure-function relationship of proteins as dynamic systems: how are they involved in signalling complexes related to human disease and how can they be used for biomedical or industrial remediation applications.

Research and Teaching Excellence

The Department of Chemistry has a long history of success including a recent Nobel Laureate and two Banting Fellows.

Safeguarding our water

Co-founded by Drs. Gregg Tomy and Jörg Stetefeld the Centre for Oil and Gas Research and Development (COGRAD) studies more efficient ways to assess the effects of petrochemicals on our water supply.

State of the Art Instrumentation

The Department has access to a variety of state of the art instrumentation facilities and highly skilled staff available for service to researchers, students and the industrial community.

Investigating reactive molecules through spectroscopy

Dr. Jennifer van Wijngaarden explores microwave and infrared spectroscopy and the fundamental properties of molecules: to generate new species of molecules that aren’t stable under normal atmospheric conditions, the types of molecules found around stars and far-out planets and moons that drive the evolution of the Universe.

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FSRG talk - Protecting Canada's crops using next generation molecular fungicides, Dr. Mark Belmonte

Food Systems Research Group seminar “Protecting Canada’s crops using next-generation molecular fungicides” by Dr. Mark Belmonte, Associate Professor and Associate...


Undergraduate Research Project in Chemistry or Biochemistry Final Project Presentations

Everyone is welcome to attend the oral presentations by students in CHEM 4710: Research Project in Chemistry or Biochemistry. They...

Location: Armes Lecture Building 30B Sifton Road Winnipeg MB


Biomedical Discovery and Big Data, Dr. Michel Dumontier, Maastricht University

Faculty of Science 2019 Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Fundamental Science the Launchpad to Innovation presents: Michel Dumontier, Distinguished Professor Data Science...

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


Science Rendezvous - Canada's Largest Science & Engineering Festival!

Join the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg for a FREE day of fun and discovery! Science Rendezvous...

Location: Wallace Building


UM Today | Celebrating the achievements of cutting-edge researchers

Congrats to Dr. Frank Schweizer, and Dr. Brian Mark, researchers working to improve the health and quality of life of Manitobans today and for decades to come. UM Today: Seven U of M research projects funded by CFI The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was at the University of Manitoba on March...


Towards machine learning methods for the discovery of novel antibiotics!

The American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Canada have recently awarded Dr. Rebecca Davis, in collaboration with Dr. Silvia Cardona and Dr. Pingzhao Hu, a Pilot and Feasibility Award to develop machine learning methods for the discovery of novel antibiotics.  Congratulations Dr. Davis and to her team!


UM Today: Come cheer on this year’s 3MT finalists on March 18

From health to the humanities, the finalists for this year’s 3MT competition are demonstrating how graduate student research at the University of Manitoba benefits our greater community. Seventy-three students applied, 36 competed in three heats, and the judges narrowed it down to 14. Those finalists – both masters and doctoral students – are now gearing...


Hiring for Instructor Position

The Department is seeking candidates to fill an instructor position.  The deadline for application is approaching soon.   Offer No : 06074 Job : Chemistry, Instructor I (27291) Location : Chemistry Full Time : Yes Permanent : Yes Posting Start Date : Mar 07, 2019 Posting End Date : Apr 15, 2019 Expected Start Date...


Mark your calendars – Undergraduate Research Project Presentations!

After spending the past academic year working on their research projects, the CHEM 4710 students will be presenting their results on Saturday March 30, 2019.  The event will be held in Armes 205 and runs from 8:30 am until 4:45 pm.  Come check out their findings – family and friends are welcome and lunch will...


Great Early Start!

The Women in Chemistry UManitoba chapter hosted the Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event breakfast and networking event on February 12 where about 90 women attended. A periodic table is on display in the Sciences and Technology Library and everyone is invited to write the names of inspirational women scientists.  Here are some...


Meet biotechnological entrepreneur, Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) who helped eliminate Rh disease

When Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) looks back over his career as a chemist and entrepreneur, he can do so with a great deal of pride, knowing that his most influential research virtually eliminated a once-deadly blood-borne condition. Known as Rh disease, the disorder occurs when an Rh-negative mother develops antibodies to...


Professor Schweizer receives CIHR grant!

Congratulations to Professor Frank Schweizer for receiving a $646,425 Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant for his project titled, “Preclinical studies on aminoglycoside-derived antibiotic adjuvants (AGDAAs)” For more information, please visit:  



RNA scientists are invited to attend RiboWest2019, a conference hosted at the University of Manitoba in June.  Dr. Sean McKenna is an organizer for RiboWest2019 which is a conference for RNA scientists from across Canada and the northwestern United States. Presentations at the conference have included various RNA topics such as transcription, RNA processing, translation, viruses,...


Dr. David Herbert – CNC-IUPAC Travel Award Winner!

Congratulations to Dr. David Herbert for winning a Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Travel Award. Dr. Herbert was one of four awardees selected and he will present his group’s work building sustainable transition-metal based dyes with exceptionally long excited state lifetimes at the 47th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress...