Biochemistry isn’t “just” about chemistry – it is about the fundamentals of life itself. “People in our department are working to understand how chemical reactions somehow combine so that life happens and is sustained,” says Professor Albert Berghuis, Chair of McGill’s Department of Biochemistry. “Then, we push the inquiry a bit further. We know that, if everything goes well, life is wonderful — but what if things don’t go so well? What happens on a chemical level during disease? And, to take the inquiry one step further, how can we fix that?”
One of the University’s oldest departments, with almost 15 percent of the Faculty of Science’s undergraduate enrolment, McGill’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (ACB) is constantly evolving to keep pace with the relentless advance of biology and medicine.
What is the weather going to be like tomorrow? This winter? How about ten years from now? How serious are the threats posed by climate change, and what, if anything, can we do to prepare for them? Studying these difficult questions – and educating people about possible answers — is the focus of McGill’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS).