Awards

Awards and distinctions given to department faculty, students, and alumni.

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Visual and Interactive Media for Deeper Molecular Understanding of Enzyme Kinetics

3 April 2017|

Dr. Stavroula Andreopoulos and Dr. Derek Ng were awarded a 2017-2019 Elevation Grant from the Advancing Teaching and Learning in Arts & Science (ATLAS) initiatives fund. The proposal “Visual and Interactive Media for Deeper Molecular Understanding of Enzyme Kinetics” represents the start of a long-term mutually beneficial collaboration between the Department of Biochemistry and UTM’s Biomedical Communications (BMC) program. MScBMC students will design and develop a […]

Professor Lewis Kay.

Dr. Lewis Kay named a 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award Laureate!

30 March 2017|

Congratulatory message from the Chair

On behalf of the entire Biochemistry Department I would like to congratulate our esteemed colleague Dr. Lewis Kay on winning the Gairdner International Award, Canada’s highest science prize. Kay’s work on the development and use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques for investigating molecular motion and short lived conformations in large multiprotein complexes, or ‘seeing the unseeable’ to use the vernacular, has pushed boundaries […]

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Dr. Stavroula Andreopoulos wins 2017 Sustained Excellence and Innovation in Life Sciences Education Award

21 March 2017|

Congratulations to Dr. Stavroula Andreopoulos on receiving the 2017 Sustained Excellence and Innovation in Life Sciences Education Award.

This award will be presented at the 15th Annual Education Achievement Celebration on May 15th.

Dr. Sergio Grinstein.

Dr. Sergio Grinstein wins the 2017 Canadian Science Publishing Senior Investigator Award!

1 March 2017|

Dr. Sergio Grinstein was selected by the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences as this year’s recipient of the  Canadian Science Publishing Senior Investigator Award. He will present his award talk at the upcoming meeting of the CSMB in Ottawa in May of this year.

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Charles Deber wins the 2017 Merrifield Award of the American Peptide Society

10 January 2017|

Dr. Charles Deber, Senior Scientist in the Program in Molecular Structure & Function, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, has received the 2017 Bruce Merrifield Award of the American Peptide Society. The Award was created in 1997 in honour of Dr. R. Bruce Merrifield, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1984. The Award is presented every two years […]

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Bamford awarded a 2016 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

3 October 2016|

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 […]

An image of word cloud of keywords in Dr. Fairn's publications. Since 2005, he has authored 35 publications including 32 focused on lipids and/or membrane biology.

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

9 August 2016|

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 […]

CIHR Foundation Grants Awarded to Four Faculty Members

15 July 2015|
Emad Arash (Attisano lab) presents the Beckman -Coulter, Molecular Devices talk for best paper of 2014

Emad Heidary Arash wins the Beckman Coulter – Molecular Devices Prize

21 May 2015|

 

Emad Heidary Arash, from the Attisano lab, presented the Beckman Coulter – Molecular Devices Prize talk for the most outstanding paper published in 2014 from a student in the Biochemistry Department.

In this paper Emad and his co-authors identify ARHGEF7, also known as β-Pix, as a new regulator of the Hippo intracellular signalling pathway.   This work was published last year in the EMBO Journal.

April Pawluk prepares to give the Sela Cheifetz lecture…

April Pawluk wins the 2015 Sela Cheifetz Award

21 May 2015|

The 2015 Sela Cheifetz award for outstanding research for a Biochemistry Graduate Student was awarded to April Pawluk from the Davidson Lab.

April presented her work on the identification and analysis of novel anti-CRISPR genes.

Dr. Igor Stagljar

Igor Stagljar and Julie Petschnigg lauded at U of T Celebrates Innovation event

15 May 2015|

At the U of T Celebrates Innovation event on May 7, the University honoured researchers and students who created technologies and successful start-up companies that have the potential for global impact and commercial appeal.

Among the 2015 Inventors of the Year are Igor Stagljar and Julie Petschnigg, who invented Mammalian membrane two-hybrid (MaMTH), which tracks membrane proteins interactions with other proteins […]

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Sympascho Young wins GLSE Undergraduate Student Leadership Award!

5 May 2015|

Congratulations to Sympascho Young on winning one of three Graduate and Life Sciences Education Undergraduate Student Leadership Awards!

The award recognises academically high achieving students involved in mentoring, student unions, student life and university governance. For the nomination submission, Sympascho wrote an inspiring Leadership Philosophy and Activity statement detailing his journey to effective leadership.