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Biochemistry and Microbiology

In our biochemistry and microbiology graduate programs, you will learn the foundations of molecular biology and biotechnology. Your research can involve molecular and microbial pathogenesis; gene expression and cell signalling; immunology; or diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. We offer both MSc and PhD programs, with a focus on the mechanisms of improving health and the environment.

As a grad student, you will have access to our research facilities. These include the UVic Genome BC Proteomics Centre, as well as an in-house X-ray Crystallography suite, flow cytometry and cell sorting facilities, and Next-Generation sequencing platforms.

Degree programs offered

Program Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
MSc 2 years Yes No
PhD 4-5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:

Areas of focus

  • Structural biology
  • Pathogenesis
  • Proteomics
  • Mucosal immunology
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Epigenetics
  • Cellular signalling
  • Environmental contaminants
  • Immune system responses to cancer

Need help?

Contact Kaitlyn Adderley at or 250-721-8861.

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