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.

Rapid Disease Detection by Electrochemistry

Dr. Sabine Kuss develops highly sensitive electrochemical methods and instrumentation to detect and understand medical phenomena, such as cancer and antibiotic resistance.

News & Events


140th Annual Spring Convocation

Thursday, June 6, 2019 3:00 pm - conferring of Faculty of Science Degrees and the awarding of Academic Honours. Visit:...


RiboWest 2019

The Western Canada RNA Conference, RiboWest, brings together RNA scientists from across Canada and the northwestern United States.

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


GlycoNet: Protein engineering enables better treatment for rare inherited metabolic disorders

As GlycoNet reports: One in every 5,000 Canadian newborns develops lysosomal storage disorders (LSD), a type of metabolic diseases caused by genetic mutations. Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases are amongst the most severe LSD. Children suffering from these diseases lack an enzyme that can recycle used lipids (gangliosides) in their neurons. Eventually, the un-recycled gangliosides accumulate...


Celebrating remarkable teachers at the 27th Annual Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception

Congratulations to Mrs. Krystyna Koczanski, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Student Experience, Faculty of Science, and Dr. James Xidos, Senior Instructor who were celebrated by students for being exceptional teachers, mentors, and guides at the 27th Annual Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception, held May 6, 2019. At the event, graduating students from 20 faculties and schools...


UM Today: Research pushing the boundaries

Four early career researchers at the University of Manitoba are among the inaugural recipients of $986,250 in funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) announced on May 13, 2019, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The NFRF program launched in 2018 provides funding that supports high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research...


Postdoctoral Position in Bioelectrochemistry Available!

The S. Kuss research group has a postdoctoral position available.  For more details, please visit: Postdoc Recruitment 2019 Kuss Laboratory


Great results at the Manitoba Chemistry Symposium!

The annual Manitoba Chemistry Symposium was held at Brandon University this weekend. Congratulations to many undergraduate and graduate students, listed below, who won poster or oral presentation awards! [Biochemistry Division – Graduate Student Poster] 1st – Billy Vuong – “Hypoxia-Activated SN-38: Targeting Hypoxic Tumors” 2nd – Yuhua Fang – “An Optimized PARP-1 Enzymatic Assay for...


New Research Chairs in Fundamental Science

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce three new Research Chairs in Fundamental Science, one in the physical sciences, one in the life sciences and one in mathematical/computational sciences. The awards recognize and support researchers in the Faculty of Science who are conducting outstanding fundamental research in these areas. Chairs are awarded $20,000 in...


Preserving our Treasure: UofM Chemists & Inuit Collaborate to Track Biodiversity in Canada’s North

When you first meet UofM Chemistry Professor Jörg Stetefeld, it’s obvious that he’s what you might call a “people person”. It’s a good thing, too, since that quality served him well when it came to forging a unique partnership between the University of Manitoba and a community of indigenous people in Baker Lake, Nunavut. Known...


Congratulations 2019 Department Award Recipients!

Each year the Department recognizes faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to teaching, research or service with Departmental Awards in those three areas. We’d like to congratulate Drs. Frank Schweizer, Sean McKenna and Rebecca Davis on winning this year’s Department Awards for their contributions to research, service and teaching, respectively.


Chemistry and carotenoids: Dr. John Sorensen’s research group teams up with local biotech company Myera Group to great effect

John Sorensen is a man who believes in happy accidents. While that might seem a bit strange for an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry who spends his days conducting experiments and analyzing data, it’s particularly apt when describing the genesis of Sorensen’s current collaboration with Bruce Hardy of Myera Group, a Winnipeg-based biotech...


Congratulations CHEM 4710 Students

On Saturday March 30, the CHEM 4710 students presented their research findings at the annual CHEM 4710 Project in Chemistry or Biochemistry presentations. The seventeen projects and their presentation by the students were of very high caliber. Congratulations to the students! The Department is very proud of the students’ achievements!