Faculty News

Alex Palazzo wins award for excellence in graduate teaching

2 February 2020|

Alex Palazzo was awarded a 2019-2020 Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching Award for Mid-Career Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship.

Professor Palazzo was one of two recipients honoured with the faculty teaching award in this category, to recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions to graduate education.  Candidates are nominated by their Graduate Unit through a student (or recent graduate) – initiated process and the awards are adjudicated by the Faculty of […]

How bacterial invaders are sensed in the gut

25 October 2019|

A new paper in the latest issue of Science describes how the bacterial-sensing proteins, NOD1/2, are recruited to the membranes of our gut cells for them to function to initiate a proper immune response. This involves the addition of a lipid, palmitoyl, to NOD1/2 by the palmitoyl-transferase ZDHHC5. Importantly variants of NOD2 that are associated with Crohn’s disease are unable to be palmitoylated.  This work involved an international collaboration […]

Angus McQuibban awarded major funding for anti-neurodegenerative diseases drug discovery by AI

24 October 2019|

Professor G. Angus McQuibban has just been awarded a $2.3-million Genome Canada grant.

The GAPP grant in a partnership with Cyclica and Rosetta Therapeutics (founded by Professors Angus McQuibban and Peter Lewis) will support drug discovery related to treating people with the long-term neurodegenerative diseases and will involve the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. (full story here)

Red Cell Anion Exchanger Makes the Cover of Biophysical Journal

1 October 2019|

Dario De Vecchis, a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Antreas Kalli at Leeds, University, in a collaborative project with Reinhart Reithmeier used molecular dynamics simulations to build the first atomic scale model of the red cell anion exchanger in a complex lipid bilayer that mimics the native membrane. This work appeared in the latest edition of the Biophyisical Journal.  The modelling revealed the dynamic nature […]

Pai lab visualize the inner workings of an enzyme

27 September 2019|

Researchers from the Emil Pai Lab in collaboration with the Miller Lab (Depts. of Chemistry and Physics, University of Toronto) have pieced together a time-lapse movie revealing all the major steps during the catalytic cycle of an enzyme. This study, published in Science, is the most detailed depiction of such a process to date.

The communication between the protein units is accomplished via a water-network somewhat akin to a […]

Biochemistry Department Retreat 2019

7 September 2019|

The 2019 Biochemistry Retreat was a huge success. Members of the department spent September 4th to the 6th up at Geneva Park where they heard talks from students, postdocs, faculty and invited speakers. In the midst of all this, department members partook in a scavenger hunt, fireside singing and other group activities. the department also distributed awards to its trainees for their accomplishments.

Here are some highlights:

Sarah Kronheim from the […]

2019 Biochemistry Golf Day

5 July 2019|

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 […]

Dr. Karen Maxwell featured in the Globe and Mail’s feature on women in STEM

8 March 2019|

Biochemistry’s own Karen Maxwell is featured in the Globe and Mail’s feature on women in STEM. Please click here to view the details.

2018 Faculty Promotions

4 July 2018|

The following faculty members received academic promotion this year:

Congratulation to Drs. Alex Ensminger and Roman Melnyk who have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry.

Also, Dr. Gregory Fairn (primary appointment: Surgery) has been promoted to Associate Professor, and Drs. Walter Kahr (primary appointment: Paediatrics) and Aleixo Muise (primary appointment: Paediatrics) have been promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

Congratulations to you […]

Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching Retreat

27 June 2018|

On June 5, 2018 faculty met in the Division of Teaching Labs new Active Collaboration Rooms to discuss active learning strategies, the biochemistry undergraduate programs and curriculum reform.  The retreat generated many great discussions around teaching, with faculty sharing their experiences and working together on the vision for undergraduate education.

2017 Biochemistry Golf Day

15 June 2017|

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 […]

2016 Biochemistry Retreat at Geneva Park

27 August 2016|

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 […]