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.

News & Events


Harnessing Data Science to Transform Experimental Materials Discovery

Prof. Taylor D. Sparks, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. Over 7 years ago...

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


Data Visualization using R: Statistical Graphs and Animation

This workshop will introduce data visualization methods using R and provide hands-on experience. Participants will learn how to use R...

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American universities?

How is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics taught in North American universities?

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


Faculty of Science Talk: Dr. Juliette Legler, Utrecht University

The Faculty of Science 2018/2019 Interdisciplinary speaker series: Fundamental Science the Launchpad to Innovation. Guest Speaker: Dr. Juliette Legler, Head...

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


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...


Genetically Encoded Azulenylalanine Reveals Vibrational Energy Transfer in Proteins

Professor Ned Budisa and Prof. Jens Bredenbeck from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany join their efforts to provide experimental evidence for vibrational energy transfer (VET) in proteins between allosterically communicating sites. In the last decade, considerable efforts have been made to understand the biophysical foundations of allostery, a ubiquitous phenomenon in functional proteins. While in computer simulations, mapping...


Fall 2018 Parker Communication’s Released!

The Department newsletter, Parker Communications, has just been released.   Have a read of the newsletter to keep up-to-date with all of the Department news since this summer.


Funding Success!

Congratulations to Dr. David Herbert who received a Research Manitoba 2018 New Investigator Operating Grant!


UM Today: University of Manitoba receives 10 Canada Research Chairs

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was on the University of Manitoba campus on Nov. 14 to announce investments in the Canada Research Chairs Program, of which the University of Manitoba is a major recipient, with 10 Chairs named today. Canada Research Chairs (CRC) improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life,...


Student Awards Night 2018

On November 8 the Department of Chemistry celebrated the successes of our undergraduate and graduate students at the annual Department of Chemistry Student Awards Night.  A total of $125,000 was awarded to graduate and undergraduate students.  Click here for pictures from the evening. The Canadian Society for Chemistry Medal A medal is awarded to the...