Focused Topics in Biochemistry

BCH 2024H – Overview

Each topic module will be completed in a total of 12 hours in two-hour blocks, but will run either over six weeks or two weeks. In-class sessions generally include lectures by professors and presentations by students on current literature. Classes will involve discussion of research papers.

Topic modules offered in this course can be combined with modules offered by other departments such as MMG1012H and MMG1016H topic courses offered by Molecular Genetics. Biochemistry students would register in BCH2024 to take the Molecular Genetics modules.

All students will be given equal opportunity to enroll. In the event that a course is over subscribed, priority for enrollment will be given as follows:
1st priority is to senior students and 2nd year students who require the course within the current academic year
2nd priority all other Biochemistry students needing it for course requirements
3rd priority – non-Biochemistry graduate students

Enrollment for BCH 2024H Topics will be as follows for Biochemistry and non-Biochemistry students:
August 15th – Deadline for Fall Modules  –  BCH student Fall Request form NON-BCH students Fall Request form
December 1st – Deadline for Winter Modules

Note, if enrollment for a course is 5 or less it is up to the discretion of the course coordinator as to whether the class will be held or cancelled.

Topic Modules

Effective Science Communication

Course Coordinator: Alex Palazzo
Date: Every Fall Semester – Required for all incoming grad students.

Graduate Professional Development

Course Coordinator: Nana Lee
Date: Fall 2018  / Winter 2019

Current topics in proteostasis: Synthesis, folding and degradation of proteins

Course Coordinator: John R. Glover
Date: Fall 2018

The Ubiquitin-Proteasome System

Course Coordinator: Cordula Enenkel
Date: Fall 2018

Advances in Epigenetics

Course Coordinator: Carol Schuurmans
Date: Fall 2018

Intro to X-ray crystallography and electron cryomicroscopy

Course Coordinator:  John Rubinstein
Date: Fall 2018 (Will be offered every Fall)

Molecular chaperones and cellular protein homeostasis

Course Coordinator: Walid Houry
Date: Winter 2019

Studies of tissue barriers: Regulation of phenotype and transport across the epithelium and endothelium

Course Coordinator: Warren Lee , Andras Kapus
Date: Winter 2019

Structure and dynamics of biomacromolecules using solid state NMR spectroscopy

Course Coordinator: Simon Sharpe
Date: Winter 2019

Subcellular Social Networks: Contact sites and Organelle

Course Coordinator: Peter Kim , William Trimble
Date: Winter 2019

Current topics in prion biology

Course Coordinator:  Joel C. Watts
Date: Fall 2017

Engineering vaccines: development to deployment

Course Coordinator: Jean-Philippe Julien
Date: Winter 2018

Structural Biology of Membrane Transport Proteins

Course Coordinator: Reinhart Reithmeier
Date: Winter 2018

The Biochemistry of Translational Medicine

Course Coordinator: Mathieu Lemaire, Aleixo Muise
Date: Winter 2018

Biomolecular dynamics and function

Course Coordinator: Lewis E. Kay
Date: Winter 2018

Eukaryotic Signaling

Course Coordinator: Daniela Rotin, Frank Sicheri
Date: Winter 2018

Cystic Fibrosis: The cause, The treatment

Course Coordinator: Charles Deber , Christine Bear
Date: Fall 2016

Biological Data Analysis with R

Course Coordinator: Boris Steipe
Date: Winter 2017

Eukaryotic Gene Expression

Course Coordinators: Alex Palazzo, Craig Smibert
Date: Winter 2017

Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine

Course Coordinator: Shana Kelley
Date: Winter 2017

Frontiers in drug discovery

Course Coordinator: Roman Melnyk , Leanne Wybenga-Groot
Date: Winter 2017

Structural Neurobiology: Structure and Dynamics of Membrane Proteins

Course Coordinator: Oliver Ernst
Date: Winter 2017


Lipid Metabolism in Health and Disease

Course Coordinator: Khosrow Adeli
Date: Fall 2014



To request module(s) please complete the appropriate form and submit by email to Carrie Harber (

Enrollment Limit

Yes — 20

Generally, the number of students will be between five and 20, but this varies with each course. See individual course sites for more details.


This course is for graduate students only. Undergraduate students cannot audit the course.

Method of Student Evaluation

A half credit is given for BCH2024H by completing two topic modules. The mark will be the average of the two marks obtained in the two modules taken.

Last Updated 23 September 2018