Research opportunities

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program has a strong research focus and is committed to training students for successful careers in academic, medical and industrial settings. Between your lab work, guided seminar presentations and discussion groups, you'll develop into a well-rounded researcher.

Research strengths include:

  • molecular evolution
  • cell signaling
  • gene expression
  • protein chemistry

Faculty research projects

Dr. David Waisman


Dr. Waisman and his team of cancer researchers have identified a key driver of metastasis. Their research outlines the role of macrophage cell surface protein in the development of tumors. Previously, scientists believed cancer cells were the only significant cells in tumors. They have now determined cancer cells collaborate with other cells to drive tumor growth and evolve into metastatic cells.

Dr. Waisman's research areas include:

  • The role of protein S100A10 in tumor growth, invasion and metastasis;
  • S100A10's facilitation of the tumor promoting association of macrophages with tumor cells;
  • Regulation of fibrinolysis and angiogenesis by S100A10.

Breast cancer research


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology faculty are involved in several areas of breast cancer research, including the following:

  • viral weapons
  • immune response
  • fungal power
  • disease tracking
  • chemo recharging