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Special Issue of the Journal of Biomolecular NMR on the Occasion of Lewis Kay’s 50th Birthday

In the Editorial introducing this special issue , Kevin Gardner, Anthony Mittermeier and Frans Mulder note that Lewis is being honoured for his “innovative contributions to biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, as well as for his role as inspirer for a large group of young research professionals.”

They further comment that “Lewis has consistently been a pioneer in the development of novel methods essential to increasing the size […]

9 December 2011|

Daniela Rotin wins “Women of Action” Award

Daniela Rotin was honoured by the Israel Cancer Research Fund (IRCF) as a recipient of the prestigious “Women of Action” award at a gala event held at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto on May 3, 2011.

Founded in 1975, IRCF is one of the largest private sources of funding for cancer research in Israel and has helped to support the early work of scientists such as 2004 Nobel laureates Aaron Ciechanover […]

3 May 2011|

David Isenman’s Science article resolves a long-standing controvery in the complement field

In a study published in the April 29th issue of Science, Professor David Isenman of Biochemistry and Jean van den Elsen of the University of Bath shed light on the complex between complement receptor 2 and its ligand C3d, both of which are constituents of an innate immune system of our body known as complement.

The molecular details of the CR2-C3d interface have been mired in controversy for the past decade. […]

29 April 2011|

Harry Schachter Honoured with the Rosalind Kornfeld Award

The Society for Glycobiology has just announced that Dr. Harry Schachter (Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist Emeritus, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto) has been awarded the Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology.

Dr. Schachter made many seminal contributions to glycobiology and the biochemistry of glycan synthesis for more than four decades. Early on Dr. Schachter was a leader in establishing many robust enzyme […]

1 September 2010|

Shana Kelley wins Steacie Prize

NSERC announced today that Professor Shana Kelley is one of six 2010 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship recipients. Each fellow receives a research grant of $250,000 and the university normally receives a contribution to the fellow’s salary to provide teaching and administrative relief. Shana will use the funding to further her studies on the development of chip-based sensors.

From the NSERC press release…
Shana is intent on developing low-cost diagnostic technologies to […]

1 June 2010|

Lewis Kay elected to the Royal Society

We were delighted to learn that Lewis Kay has been elected to the Royal Society (UK) for his work on NMR spectroscopy. He and his group have developed many of the recent technical advances that have pushed the size limit of protein complexes that can be examined by NMR spectroscopy beyond 500 kDa. For example, methyl-TROSY was used to elucidate the structure and aspects of the dynamics of the 670 […]

25 May 2010|

Igor Stagljar lab discovers new regulator of the EGF receptor

Researchers at the University of Toronto and Goethe University in Germany have discovered a protein that can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, providing crucial clues for the future development of new drugs to treat the disease.

The protein, called HDAC6, controls the stability of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), a key player in cancer.

“Our teams discovered that HDAC6 acts as a molecular brake to shut down the expression of […]

18 December 2009|

Shana Kelley and co-workers create microchip that can detect type and severity of cancer

As reported Sept. 27 in Nature Nanotechnology, the research groups of Shana Kelly and Ted Sargent have used nanomaterials to develop an inexpensive microchip sensitive enough to quickly determine the type and severity of a patient’s cancer so that the disease can be detected earlier for more effective treatment. Their new device can easily sense the signature biomarkers that indicate the presence of cancer at the cellular level, even though […]

20 October 2009|

Charles Deber Wins American Peptide Society Goodman Award

Dr. Charles M. Deber, professor of Biochemistry and Acting Head of the Division of Molecular Structure and Function at the Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, is the first recipient of the Goodman Award of the American Peptide Society.

Charles is known worldwide for his seminal research on the structure and function of membrane peptides and proteins, and in the examination of disease states that involve […]

17 May 2009|

Shana Kelley is Named Top 40 under 40

Dr .Shana Kelley, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto and Director, Division of Biomolecular Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, has been named to this year’s Top 40 Under 40.

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 is a prestigious national program founded and managed by the Caldwell Partners to celebrate leaders of today and tomorrow and to honour Canadians below the age of 40 who have achieved a significant level of success. […]

1 May 2009|

Ken Lau and Jim Dennis discover how cell surface receptor levels are regulated by nutrient availability and by the number of receptor N-glycans

Ken Lau won the Beckman-Coulter Prize for the best graduate student paper of 2007, and gave a lecture on May 29th at the International Symposium Celebrating the 100 Anniversary of the Department of Biochemistry at U. of T.

The Lau et al paper published in Cell (2007) 129:123 entitled “Complex N-glycan number and degree of branching cooperate to regulate cell proliferation and differentiation” provides new insight on the role of protein […]

29 May 2008|