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2019 Biochemistry Golf Day

The forecasted rain stayed away for our 2019 Golf Day and golfers enjoyed a beautiful cloudy day with the sun making an appearance near the end of the round. Twenty-eight students, admins, Faculty and more than a few ringers headed out to the Flemingdon Park 9-hole Golf Course in mid-town Toronto. Each team had its share of novices and experienced players […]

5 July 2019|

2018 Biochemistry Golf Day

This year’s Golf Day dawned bright and sunny with a cool breeze that was perfect for our Departmental tournament. A record 32 biochemists (and a sprinkling of Immunologists) headed out to the little-known jewel of mid-town Toronto – the Flemingdon Park 9-hole Golf Course. Each team had its share of beginners and ringers playing a “best ball” format that allowed everyone […]

27 June 2018|

2017 Biochemistry Golf Day

It was a dreary day on June 13th but it would take more than a few showers to dampen the spirits of 24 intrepid biochemists who headed out to the Flemingdon Park 9-hole Golf Course in Midtown Toronto for our annual Golf Day. Each team had its share of beginners and ringers playing a “best ball” format that allowed everyone to contribute to their team. Despite spending more than a little time […]

15 June 2017|

2016 Biochemistry Retreat at Geneva Park

On August 25th and 26th, the Biochemistry Department held its first Retreat outside of Toronto at the Geneva Park Conference Centre near Orillia.

The turnout was terrific with 140 trainees, staff and Faculty gathering for two days to celebrate the science that we do and to enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful lakeside setting. The Retreat featured cutting-edge talks by trainees and Faculty members as well as an evening poster session […]

27 August 2016|

2016 Biochemistry Golf Day

August 9th dawned hot and steamy but that didn’t deter our hardy biochemists from heading out to Flemingdon Park 9-hole Golf Course in Midtown Toronto for our annual Golf Day. Each team had its share of beginners and ringers playing a “best ball” format that allowed everyone to contribute to their team. Despite the 32 degree heat and sticky humidity the competition was fierce with the Dead Ringers pulling out […]

9 August 2016|

Dr. Gia Voeltz – Unraveling new functions for the ER at organelle contact sites

As part of our George Connell Seminar Series, Dr. Gia Voeltz, Associate Professor, MCD Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder described how ER contacts with mitochondria and endosomes regulate organelle fission events.

27 April 2016|

Special Dept. of Biochemistry Seminar – Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh

The Department heard a remarkable account of Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh’s response to the news that she carries the same mutation in the prion protein gene that led to her mother’s premature death from fatal familial insomnia. Prior to this, Eric had graduated from MIT and worked in transportation planning and Sonia had completed Harvard Law School. They soon put these promising careers behind them and began to re-invent themselves in […]

7 April 2016|

Cole Haynes – Adaptations to mitochondrial dysfunction via inter-organelle communication

Dr. Cole Haynes, Associate Member, Cell Biology program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute gave a fascinating account of the mitochondrial response to stress (the mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response signaling pathway) as part of our George Connell Seminar Series.

16 March 2016|

Williams lab unravels the mechanistic basis of a treatment for prion diseases

Prion disease occurs when the normal cellular prion protein (PrPC) is misfolded by a pathogenic form of the protein termed PrP scrapie (PrPSc). One approach to treat prion diseases is to reduce or eliminate PrPC since mice lacking this protein show few ill effects. The human-approved immunosuppressive drug FK506 has been shown to extend survival in prion infected mice but the mechanism has been controversial. In a paper published in the […]

3 March 2016|

2015 Biochemistry Holiday Party

The 2015 Biochemistry Holiday party was, as in previous years, quite a memorable and fun night. Held on a rainy November 27th evening at the Hotel Ocho, the atmosphere was warm, elegant and very welcoming. Students and faculty were dressed to impress, and it was certainly a nice change to see everyone without lab coats and outside of class. The early birds got to enjoy some cheese, crackers and mingling […]

7 December 2015|

Anindy Dutta – MicroDNAs, tRFs and lncRNAs: novel nucleic acids revealed by high throughput sequencing

Dr. Anindy Dutta, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia, gave an intriguing presentation in our George Connell Seminar Series that focused on a variety of most unusual nucleic acids.

18 November 2015|

11th Annual Benjamin Schachter Memorial Lecture

From 1934-1939 Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Schachter worked in the Department of Biochemistry conducting research on female sex hormones, isolating and identifying conjugated oestrone sulphate (Premarin). To honour Benny Schachter’s memory, a donation was made to the Department by his family. The funds are being used to support an annual lectureship in his memory. The BGSU and graduate students select and host the speaker who is a graduate from our Department.

This […]

16 November 2015|