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McMaster Science Cares with Michael Brook

Michael Brook“The best part of teaching is the dialogue with students and when, after a discussion, both parties can go, “Oh, I never thought about it like that before”. Such realizations really let us embrace new things in life. It’s SO HARD to be working in isolation because I miss those face-to-face interactions and discussions (Yes, I miss you).

You will inevitably be feeling a bit confused and ‘discombobulated’ - me too. Life throws lots of stuff at us. History teaches we’ll get through it. So, find comfort and contact in friends and family, even via ZOOM. My best wishes, Mike".

- Michael Brook, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Students in McMaster’s Faculty of Science are greatly missed by all our faculty members and staff. Look for more #MacSciCares messages of reassurance and hope in the days ahead. For the latest McMaster COVID-19 updates, please go to

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Changes to Spring/Summer Course Delivery

Given the current unprecedented circumstances caused by COVID 19, regrettably, the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology has decided to make changes to many of the Spring/Summer term offerings.

Chem 1A03 and 1E03 will continue to be offered, however lectures and labs are going on-line. Changes are being made to enrolment in these courses to reflect the virtual aspect of the courses and students are encouraged to check their enrolment on Mosaic.

The 2020 Spring/Summer Term offerings of CHEM1AA3, 2OA3 and 2OB3 have been canceled .  After careful consideration, this decision was reached because the in-person laboratory component cannot be duplicated in an on-line experience without substantively compromising the learning experience for students. These courses will be automatically dropped from students' enrolment records.

We plan to modify the enrolment capacities in the 2209 and 2211 terms to allow a larger number of students to access Chem 1AA3, 2OA3 and 2OB3. 

We regret the ramifications and inconvenience this decision may cause.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the department by completing our Course Cancellation Questionnaire. Answers to frequently asked questions will be posted on our site shortly.

Three Science faculty members recognized for research excellence

Colleagues have awarded Faculty of Science Research Chairs to Louis Schmidt, Gillian Goward and Martin Gibala.

The faculty members will join last year’s cohort of Michael BrookKari Dalnoki-Veress and Allison Williams.

Maureen MacDonald, dean of Science, and Gianni Parise, Associate Dean of Research & External Relations, congratulated the Faculty’s newest chairs during a celebration hosted at the LIVELab.

“Being awarded a Faculty of Science Research Chair is a special honour because colleagues are nominated and then chosen by their peers,” says MacDonald.

Introduced in 2019, Faculty of Science Research Chairs receive three years of funding for graduate students and supplies. The designation also helps secure further grants, investments and partnerships.

Dalnoki-Veress, who was named an inaugural Faculty of Science Research Chair last year, joined Megumi Harada and Pat Bennett on the selection committee chaired by Goward.

“Selecting this year’s Faculty of Science Research Chairs was far from quick or easy decision for the committee,” said Parise. “We had 15 researchers nominated from across the entire Faculty and every candidate is an exceptional researcher and mentor to students”

In addition to introducing Research Chairs, the Faculty of Science has launched a Research Infrastructure Renewal Fund, Post Leave Support Program and Global Science Initiative. A third cohort of Faculty of Science Research Chairs will be chosen next year.

“We’re proud to be making significant and sustainable investments that support our researchers in building a brighter world,” says MacDonald.


(from left): PhD students Chris Franko and Annica Freytag, Research Lab Manager Blossam Yan, Faculty of Science Research Chair Gillian Goward, graduate student Taiana Periera, undergraduate student Jacob Keffer and graduate student Mengyang Cui.

Gillian Goward is chair of the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and an internationally renowned Canadian scientist who studies advanced energy materials using a combination of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging. In her Magnetic Resonance and Materials for Energy Storage Lab, Goward and her students use nuclear magnetic resonance to study how lithium and other types of batteries and fuel cells work at a fundamental level. Since 2011, she has led an NSERC partnership program with researchers at General Motors and four Canadian universities.

MARCH 11, 2020

The 2020 winner of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship Award is: Giuseppe Melacini, McMaster University

Giuseppe Melacini obtained his BSc from the University of Milan in 1992 under the supervision of Professors Mario Farina, Lucia Zetta and Henriette Molinari, and his PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of Milan in 1996 with external research at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) working with Professor Murray Goodman. He then joined the laboratory of Robert Kaptein and Rolf Boelens at the University of Utrecht as an EU PDF to return to UCSD as Lecturer. In 2003, he moved to McMaster University and was promoted to professor in 2014. He has served as Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in Chemistry and since 2019 as Director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program. He has been awarded the Premier Research Excellence Award and the Alzheimer Society of Canada Young Investigator Award in 2005, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada New Investigator Award and the Maureen Andrew Award in 2006, the CIHR Maud Menten Finalist Prize in 2007, the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award for Faculty of Science in 2012, an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in 2014, and the HSGSF Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision Award in 2019. Research in the Melacini laboratory focuses on the molecular pharmacology of allosteric modulators and amyloid inhibitors. Using NMR spectroscopy integrated with other biophysical and biochemical assays, the Melacini group has elucidated the mechanism of inhibition for several cyclic nucleotide-dependent signaling proteins and amyloidogenic peptides linked to cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, respectively. 

The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship Award (formerly the Teva Canada Limited Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (BMC) Lectureship Award) is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of biological or medicinal chemistry within the past five years of the initial nomination deadline date while working in Canada.

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