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Focus Areas of Chemical Biology at McMaster

The chemical biology graduate program hosts 40 faculty members who lead a diverse set of cutting-edge research programs.  For further details about their research visit our faculty page.

Three focus areas have emerged as main clusters of chemical biology research at McMaster:


“Developing new synthetic methods and technology-based platforms that facilitate the preparation and discovery of novel molecular imaging probes.”

For more information see:

Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC)

Associated Faculty: Berti, Capretta, Fradin, Moran-Mirabal, Truant, Valliant, Wylie



“A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill – far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st Century.” – World Health Organization

For more information see:

Institute for Infectious Diseases Research

Centre for Microbial Chemical Biology

Associated Faculty: Andres, Berti, Bishop, Brown, Burrows, Coombes, Elliot, Finan, McNulty, Magarvey, Whitney, Wright


“Understanding and exploiting the phenomena at the place where materials meet biology”

For more information see:

Biointerfaces Institute

Associated Faculty: Brennan, Brook, Burrows, Capretta, Elliot,  Felipe, Fradin, Hitchcock, Li, Melacini, Pelton, Sheardown, Valliant, Wylie.