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Welcome 2nd year Biochemistry Specialists!

The academic school year is off to a great start and the Department of Biochemistry is pleased to welcome our incoming class of Biochemistry Specialists.  The Biochemistry Specialist program is open to a small group of high caliber students who wish to pursue a career in research. This year’s cohort, see here in with Dr. Sian Patterson, 2nd from the left, has begun their laboratory training in BCH242Y, […]

28 October 2016|

Doctors’ Notes: Changing the way we fight bacteria

Featured in this week’s Doctors’ Notes column in Toronto Star, Prof. Justin Nodwell re-examines antimicrobial resistance and discusses what our researchers are doing to fight bacteria.

Read the full article here.

24 October 2016|

Bamford awarded a 2016 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Natalie Bamford, a former University of Toronto Biochemistry Specialist and current PhD student in the Howell lab, was recently awarded a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to continue her studies. Natalie’s research focuses on understanding the biosynthesis of the fungal biofilm exopolysaccharide galactosaminogalactan.

“This is a new exciting project as little is known of fungal exopolysaccharide biosynthesis. I […]

3 October 2016|

GPD hosts Site Visit to Trillium Therapeutics

Nine PhD trainees and early PDFs attended Trillium Therapeutics on September 30, 2016 to meet with their President and CEO, Dr. Niclas Stiernholm and their research team. We learned all about their R & D, their innovative industry postdoctoral program, biotech culture and enjoyed some company chocolates. Thank-you to Trillium!

3 October 2016|

Hot off the press!

Success After Graduate School” is NOW available.

Drs. Nana Lee and Reinhart Reithmeier are the co-authors of this guidebook for graduate professional development designed to help create the pathway to your dream career. Special thanks to Nikko Torres for his illustrations and book design work. Thank-you to all students and faculty who helped shape this creation!

22 September 2016|

Julie Forman-Kay elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada

FORMAN-KAY, Julie – Molecular Structure & Function Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
Julie Forman-Kay is the foremost Canadian expert in developing and applying tools to study the structure, interactions and functions of disordered proteins of significant biomedical relevance. Her work has led to scientific understanding of the importance of disordered proteins and links their dynamic properties and biological function, providing a foundation for novel therapeutic approaches. […]

13 September 2016|

Study indicates malnutrition in children may lead to severe impairments in liver function

A group led by Peter Kim and Robert Bandsma (Paediatrics) made a breakthrough published in Journal of Cell Biology and in the Journal of Hepatology in linking peroxisome function through the gene PEX2 and the cell’s response to starvation.

Malnourished children living in the same household who are given the same food to eat sometimes have stark differences in health, leading researchers to query why some severely malnourished […]

7 September 2016|

Protein unfolding machinery visualized

Using a combined cryo-EM and solution NMR approach the laboratories of John Rubinstein and Lewis Kay have determined the structure and equilibrium distribution of two unique conformers along the ATP hydrolysis cycle of the AAA+ unfoldase VAT. The paper published in PNAS (http://www.pnas.org/content/113/29/E4190.abstract) lends insight into how this class of molecular machines are able to convert the chemical energy of ATP hydrolysis into the mechanical force required […]

9 August 2016|

Passing of Gordon Henry Dixon

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Gordon Dixon on July 24, 2016. Gordon, a very accomplished biochemist, was Associate Professor in our Department for the period 1960-63.  Gordon was most recently  Professor Emeritus of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Calgary. He served as Department Chair there for 1983-88.

“During his illustrious academic career, he was the recipient of numerous accolades and international recognition. He served as President of […]

9 August 2016|

Dr. Greg Fairn wins the 2017 Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award!

Dr. Greg Fairn, St. Micahel’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Surgery, has won the 2017 Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Fairn is also the first Canadian to win this award.

The award recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids by young investigators who are an Assistant professor or […]

9 August 2016|

Seeing the first steps of DNA repair

The laboratories of John Rubinstein and Frank Sicheri (Biochemistry), and Dan Durocher (Molecular Genetics) have used electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) to determine the structure of the DNA-damage recognizing protein 53BP1 bound to modified nucleosome core particles. The work, published in Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature18951.html), was led by postdoctoral fellow Marcus Wilson and research associate Samir Benlekbir and provides the first structural insight into how dimethylation and ubiquitination of nucleosomes in […]

2 August 2016|

Undergraduate Summer Students Share their Research

Each summer, the competitive Biochemistry Summer Student Research Program provides outstanding students with the unique opportunity to engage in research throughout the department. On Thursday July 21, 2016 students were able to share their findings in an annual poster session, outlining the goals of their project and describing their results.

22 July 2016|