News & Events

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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 […]

A phote of Professor Penney Gilbert with the Honorable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science

Gilbert named Canada Research Chair in Endogenous Repair

2 December 2016|

Biochemistry faculty member Penney Gilbert was named a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Endogenous Repair for her work on understanding the mechanisms that control muscle stem cell fate during skeletal muscle homeostasis and regeneration.

Read the full story:

http://www.ibbme.utoronto.ca/news/penney-gilbert-named-canada-research-chair/

http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/two-u-t-engineering-researchers-awarded-canada-research-chairs/

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/25-top-u-t-scholars-named-canada-research-chairs

 

Atomic model for the membrane-embedded motor of a eukaryotic V-ATPase

Proton pumping region of rotary ATPases revealed

3 November 2016|

In work led by postdoctoral fellow Mohammad T. Mazhab-Jafari, the Rubinstein laboratory used electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) to determine the atomic structure of the membrane-bound region of a eukaryotic V-ATPase. This study, which was published in Nature, gives the first high-resolution structure for the membrane region of any rotary ATPase, a family of enzymes that includes proton pumping V-ATPases and proton-driven ATP synthases. The structure reveals several surprising features of […]

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Welcome 2nd year Biochemistry Specialists!

28 October 2016|

The academic school year is off to a great start and the Department of Biochemistry is pleased to welcome our incoming class of Biochemistry Specialists.  The Biochemistry Specialist program is open to a small group of high caliber students who wish to pursue a career in research. This year’s cohort, see here in with Dr. Sian Patterson, 2nd from the left, has begun their laboratory training in BCH242Y, […]

Justin Nodwell, Chair
Department of Biochemistry

Doctors’ Notes: Changing the way we fight bacteria

24 October 2016|

Featured in this week’s Doctors’ Notes column in Toronto Star, Prof. Justin Nodwell re-examines antimicrobial resistance and discusses what our researchers are doing to fight bacteria.

Read the full article here.

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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 […]

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GPD hosts Site Visit to Trillium Therapeutics

3 October 2016|

Nine PhD trainees and early PDFs attended Trillium Therapeutics on September 30, 2016 to meet with their President and CEO, Dr. Niclas Stiernholm and their research team. We learned all about their R & D, their innovative industry postdoctoral program, biotech culture and enjoyed some company chocolates. Thank-you to Trillium!

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Dr. Sue Jaspersen “‘Pore-ing’ into the yeast nucleus”

28 September 2016|

As part of the Connell Lecture Seminar Series, Dr. Sue Jaspersen from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research gave a seminar on how the spindle pole body duplicates in budding yeast, and how membrane-bound proteins enter the inner nuclear envelope.

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Hot off the press!

22 September 2016|

Success After Graduate School” is NOW available.

Drs. Nana Lee and Reinhart Reithmeier are the co-authors of this guidebook for graduate professional development designed to help create the pathway to your dream career. Special thanks to Nikko Torres for his illustrations and book design work. Thank-you to all students and faculty who helped shape this creation!

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Dr. Stephen Scherer – “Molecular Imbalance in Autism and Related Disorders”

16 September 2016|

As part of the 25th Anniversary of the Connell Lecture Seminar Series, Dr. Stephen Scherer from SickKids gave a seminar on the newest findings in genomics as applied to the understanding of complex diseases such as autism.

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Julie Forman-Kay elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada

13 September 2016|

FORMAN-KAY, Julie – Molecular Structure & Function Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
Julie Forman-Kay is the foremost Canadian expert in developing and applying tools to study the structure, interactions and functions of disordered proteins of significant biomedical relevance. Her work has led to scientific understanding of the importance of disordered proteins and links their dynamic properties and biological function, providing a foundation for novel therapeutic approaches. […]

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Study indicates malnutrition in children may lead to severe impairments in liver function

7 September 2016|

A group led by Peter Kim and Robert Bandsma (Paediatrics) made a breakthrough published in Journal of Cell Biology and in the Journal of Hepatology in linking peroxisome function through the gene PEX2 and the cell’s response to starvation.

Malnourished children living in the same household who are given the same food to eat sometimes have stark differences in health, leading researchers to query why some severely malnourished […]