News & Events

Structure and Dynamics of Complexes of G Proteins and their Receptors

16 March 2018|

Ned Van Eps in the Ernst laboratory used DEER spectroscopy together with molecular modeling techniques to map the structure of a complex between a G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) and its G protein. A paper describing the methodology used for characterizing the binding interface of the rhodopsin–G protein complex has recently been published in PNAS. The authors discovered that the binding mode of G protein subtypes is distinct and key differences suggest […]

The 10,000 PhDs Project

2 February 2018|

The 10,000 PhDs Project, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, used internet searches to determine the current (2016) employment positions of the 10,886 individuals who graduated from the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2015 in all disciplines.

An Op-Ed article by Reinhart Reithmeier on the 10,000 PhDs Project was published in University Affairs on February 1, 2018 along with a news […]

Kit Pogliano, “How to build an endospore and develop faster ways to find antibiotics”

31 January 2018|

As part of our Connell Seminar series, Kit Pogliano, Professor and Dean of the Graduate Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego, spoke to us about using high trough-put imaging of sporulating bacteria to discover how antibiotics work.

Quantification of the yeast proteome

19 January 2018|

The Brown lab, together with Anastasia Baryshnikova at Calico Labs, used computational analyses to normalize and convert 21 yeast protein abundance studies to the intuitive measurement of molecules per cell. They provide precise and accurate abundance measurements for greater than 90% of yeast proteins, making it the most comprehensive quantitation of the yeast proteome, and any eukaryotic cell, to date.

With this unified dataset in hand, comparative and multivariate outlier […]

Prof. Justin Nodwell elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

5 January 2018|

Professor Justin Nodwell has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Single molecule imaging of mRNAs by the Palazzo Lab provides new insight into Protein Synthesis in mammalian cells

3 January 2018|

The Palazzo lab, in collaboration with Jeff Chao’s lab at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel Switzerland, has resolved a long standing puzzle in how cells use mRNAs to synthesize proteins as detailed in a paper published in the most recent issue of Cell Reports (Single-Molecule Quantification of Translation-Dependent Association of mRNAs with the Endoplasmic Reticulum, Cell Reports 2017, 21: 3740–3753).

Proteins can be divided […]

Dr. Nana Lee featured as Ask the Expert on Nature Jobs Podcast

15 December 2017|

How RNA decay promotes transcriptional rewiring during DNA replication stress

13 December 2017|

Raphael Loll-Krippleber from the Brown lab describes how yeast cells exposed to DNA replication stress induced by the anti-cancer drug hydroxyurea use RNA decay to reprogram gene expression. Using complementary functional genomics approaches Raphael found that a specific mRNA encoding the transcriptional repressor Yox1 is degraded at P-bodies sites to prevent accumulation of the Yox1 repressor in the nucleus. Up-regulation of YOX1 expression, as observed when P-body function is […]

Cellular Signalling in Virtual Reality

4 December 2017|

Aidin Balo in the Ernst laboratory delivers seminars about the structural details of rhodopsin signalling entirely in virtual reality for large audiences at international conferences using technology developed at Autodesk Life Sciences. A paper describing the novel aspects of the tool, the Autodesk Molecule Viewer, has been published in this month’s issue of Nature Methods (publicly accessible link:  A story about […]

Houry Lab uncovers over 1000 novel interactions of chaperones in yeast

4 December 2017|

Kamran Rizzolo, in the laboratory of Professor Walid Houry, spoke with Faculty of Medicine’s writer Jim Oldfield about his lab’s recent  Cell Reports paper on the chaperone network in yeast.

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Crystallographers celebrate 1,000th protein structure

4 December 2017|

Scientists have solved 1,000 protein structures using data collected at the Canadian Light Source CMCF beamlines. The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is a national research facility, producing the brightest light in Canada. The Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan fund the CLS operations, which allows hundreds […]

2017-2018 Cohort of 2nd year Biochemistry Specialists

1 December 2017|

The first half of the academic school year is almost over and the Department of Biochemistry is pleased to welcome our incoming class of 2nd year Biochemistry Specialists.  The Biochemistry Specialist program is open to a small group of high caliber students who wish to gain an in depth understanding of the molecular mechanisms at play and practice essential critical thinking […]