News & Events

2018 Biochemistry Golf Day

27 June 2018|

This year’s Golf Day dawned bright and sunny with a cool breeze that was perfect for our Departmental tournament. A record 32 biochemists (and a sprinkling of Immunologists) headed out to the little-known jewel of mid-town Toronto – the Flemingdon Park 9-hole Golf Course. Each team had its share of beginners and ringers playing a “best ball” format that allowed everyone […]

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.

Malaria: Cooperating antibodies enhance immune response

20 June 2018|

Source: Steve Bryson, PhD

Malaria is one of the most inflicting infectious diseases worldwide. Each year, an estimated 200 million people contract malaria and approximately 440,000 people succumb to the infectious disease.

Scientists in the Julien lab at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and their collaborators at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, have studied how the human immune system combats malaria infections. In this […]

Avoiding catastrophe: Yeast study reveals clues to maintaining genome size

11 June 2018|

By Jovana Drinjakovic

Study reveals an unexpected role for a well- known protein machinery in maintaining the correct DNA content with implications for cancer and other diseases

As cells divide, they must accurately split their DNA between the two daughter cells or risk having an uneven number of chromosomes which can lead to developmental disorders and cancer. A new Donnelly Centre study uncovers how a […]

New Tools for Biofilm Disruption

8 June 2018|

Microbial biofilms grow on biotic and abiotic surfaces. The matrix of the biofilm that the pathogen produces protects them from the host immune response and antibiotics.  This proposes a major challenge for the treatment of chronic infections. In an article published in Plos Pathogens, Dustin J. Little and Roland Pfoh (Howell lab) and co-authors demonstrate that the C-terminal domain of PgaB is a glycoside hydrolase that can hydrolyze […]

Dr. Julie Forman-Kay was interviewed on Nature News Feature

1 June 2018|

Julie Forman-Kay was among a group of researchers interviewed for the Nature News Feature published on March 14, 2018 entitled “What lava lamps and vinaigrette can teach us about cell biology”.

Like oil in water, the contents of cells can segregate into droplets. It’s called phase separation, and biologists are seeing it everywhere.

Lewis Kay: “We must continue to nurture the next generation of scientists”

23 May 2018|

In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Dr. Lewis Kay discusses why it is important to continue to nurture the next generation of scientists.

Click here to read the full article.

An image of Dr. Joel Watts.

Joel Watts named Canada Research Chair in Protein Misfolding Disorders

7 May 2018|

Dr. Joel Watts was named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Protein Misfolding Disorders for his research on understanding the relationship between groups of misfolded proteins and the progression of degenerative brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Congratulations!

Biochemistry Specialists, Class of 2018

4 May 2018|

The Biochemistry Specialist Class of 2018 is 16 strong, with interests spanning diverse areas of study, including computational biology, systems biology, protein structure/function, and cell biology. Most are bound for graduate programs or professional schools in Canada and the US.  Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Enhancing Learning of Glucose Metabolism Through Animated and Interactive Media

4 May 2018|

Stavroula Andreopoulos, Derek Ng and Sian Patterson are awarded a 2018-2020 Elevation Grant from the Advancing Teaching and Learning in Arts & Science (ATLAS) initiatives fund. The proposal “Enhancing Learning of Glucose Metabolism Through Animated and Interactive Media” builds on the previously ATLAS funded pilot project “Visual and Interactive Media for Deeper Molecular Understanding of Enzyme Kinetics” and will help further develop a long-term mutually beneficial collaboration […]

Visual and Interactive Media for Biochemistry Education

4 May 2018|

Stavroula Andreopoulos and Derek Ng, a former member of biochemistry and now faculty in the Biomedical Communications program at UTM, presented their animation and interactive media project at the 2nd annual Arts & Science Teaching & Learning Projects Showcase. ATLAS (Advancing Teaching and Learning in Arts & Science) funding supported the development of […]

Undergraduate Awards News

4 May 2018|

BCH Specialist Maria Tereshchenko is this year’s GLSE Leadership Award recipient, an award recognizing both undergraduate student leadership and scholarship.  Maria is also featured in GLSE’s “Meet Undergraduate Students” series. Congratulations Maria on such a fine achievement!

 

Graduate Student Shawn Xiong is this year’s recipient of the TATP award, the second time in two years this prestigious award has been given to a TA involved in the undergraduate course […]