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UWinnipeg chemistry student presents in Turkey

Matthew Wiebe. © UWinnipeg

Matthew Wiebe. © UWinnipeg

Chemistry is a fascinating subject with a rich and ancient history. Chemists are at the forefront of unraveling the mysteries of the most complex chemical systems. At The University of Winnipeg, chemistry is an exciting proposition and faculty are keen to help students discover the mystery.

UWinnipeg student Matthew Wiebe is one example. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Science [4-year (Hons)] in chemistry. Wiebe has been working with his professor, Dr. Athar Ata, on researching a compound that could help people with diabetes. The compound is an inhibitor that slows the activity of alpha-glucosidase — which slows the digestion of carbohydrates — and shows promise for having fewer side effects than pharmaceuticals that are currently available.

“I have been fortunate enough to present my research in Turkey this past fall, and discuss my methods, findings, and future directions with academics from around the world, forming relationships that will allow for potential collaboration and higher quality research in the future,” said Wiebe.

Wiebe recently took his research to Izmir, Turkey, and presented it at the 29th International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products and the 9th International Conference on Biodiversity. His research and poster presentation earned him first place in the competition. 

“The University of Winnipeg chemistry department is full of opportunities to get involved in research and academia,” said Wiebe. “Through research-based courses, work-study programs, and research awards, I feel I have developed the skills to help make an impact on a global stage.”

Dr. Athar Ata, © UWinnipeg

Dr. Athar Ata, © UWinnipeg

“Matthew’s experience is one example of the many excellent research opportunities for undergraduates in all branches of chemistry at UWinnipeg,” said Ata.

The skills gained through these research and work opportunities are valuable in future employment and for admission to graduate and professional schools. To learn more about studying chemistry and research opportunities please visit

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