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The Department hosts many guest speakers and lecturers every term who speak about a variety of research and related topics.

Recent Speakers

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Bill Martin: “The physiology and habitat of the first cells on Earth”

1 May 2017|0 Comments

As part of the Connell Lecture Seminar Series, Dr. Bill Martin from the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf gave a seminar on the prebiotic origins of life on earth.

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David Sabatini: “Regulation of Growth by the mTOR Pathway”

12 March 2017|0 Comments

As part of the Connell Lecture Seminar Series, Dr. David Sabatini from MIT gave a seminar on how mTOR signalling, which controls cell growth, is regulated by the metabolic state of the cell.

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Joseph Mougous: “Bacterial warfare in close quarters: molecular mechanisms underlying interbacterial antagonism”

1 March 2017|0 Comments

As part of the Connell Lecture Seminar Series, Dr. Joseph Mougous from the University of Washington gave a seminar on bacterial transport systems that are used for bacterial warfare.

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Susan Buchanan: “Structural insight into the biogenesis of beta barrel membrane proteins”

22 February 2017|0 Comments

As part of the Connell Lecture Seminar Series, Dr. Susan Buchanan from the NIH gave a seminar on bacterial transporter proteins.

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

28 September 2016|0 Comments

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

16 September 2016|0 Comments

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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The 66th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists

11 June 2016|0 Comments

The local organizing committee (LOC) cordially invites you to the University of Toronto for the 66th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, to be held between Sunday June 12th and Wednesday June 15th. The LOC has identified symposia topics that will be of interest to CSM members within the three central themes of […]

Dr. Gia Voeltz – Unraveling new functions for the ER at organelle contact sites

27 April 2016|0 Comments

As part of our George Connell Seminar Series, Dr. Gia Voeltz, Associate Professor, MCD Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder described how ER contacts with mitochondria and endosomes regulate organelle fission events.

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Special Dept. of Biochemistry Seminar – Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh

7 April 2016|0 Comments

The Department heard a remarkable account of Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh’s response to the news that she carries the same mutation in the prion protein gene that led to her mother’s premature death from fatal familial insomnia. Prior to this, Eric had graduated from MIT and worked in transportation planning and Sonia had completed Harvard […]

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Cole Haynes – Adaptations to mitochondrial dysfunction via inter-organelle communication

16 March 2016|0 Comments

Dr. Cole Haynes, Associate Member, Cell Biology program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute gave a fascinating account of the mitochondrial response to stress (the mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response signaling pathway) as part of our George Connell Seminar Series.

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Anindy Dutta – MicroDNAs, tRFs and lncRNAs: novel nucleic acids revealed by high throughput sequencing

18 November 2015|0 Comments

Dr. Anindy Dutta, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia, gave an intriguing presentation in our George Connell Seminar Series that focused on a variety of most unusual nucleic acids.

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11th Annual Benjamin Schachter Memorial Lecture

16 November 2015|0 Comments

From 1934-1939 Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Schachter worked in the Department of Biochemistry conducting research on female sex hormones, isolating and identifying conjugated oestrone sulphate (Premarin). To honour Benny Schachter’s memory, a donation was made to the Department by his family. The funds are being used to support an annual lectureship in his memory. The BGSU […]

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Nikolaus Grigorieff: “Optimizing Image Contrast for Cryo-EM”

28 October 2015|0 Comments

Nikolaus Grigorieff from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus presented his latest work to the Department in the George Connell Lecture Series.

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Ramanujan Hegde: “Biosynthesis and quality control of membrane proteins”

7 October 2015|0 Comments

Ramanujan Hegde from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK gave a tour-de-force presentation in our George Connell Seminar Series that focused on the quality control surveillance of tail-anchored membrane proteins and their insertion into ER and mitochondrial membranes.

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Michael Terns “CRISPR-Cas: Small RNA-Guided Prokaryotic Immune Systems”

25 September 2015|0 Comments

Michael Terns from the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology at the University of Georgia gave a presentation for our George Connell Seminar Series entitled CRISPR-Cas: Small RNA-Guided Prokaryotic Immune Systems. For more on his work, visit the Terns Lab Website.

 

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GPD Hosts Special Seminar with Alum Dr. Gregory Block

17 August 2015|0 Comments

On July 27, 2015, Biochemistry alum Dr. Gregory Block spoke about “Carving a path to cure FSH Muscular Dystrophy: from molecular mechanisms to patients” which included: 1) complex molecular genetics of FSHD,  2) active role that disease-specific non-profits are playing in the development of treatments for rare diseases and 3) transition from academia to scientific development in the […]

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GPD Hosts Special Seminar with Biochemistry Alum Dr. Richard Kim

17 July 2015|0 Comments

After his Biochemistry PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Richard Kim accrued his industry scientific experience at NCI, Wyeth, Novartis and TTP LabTech. On July 9, 2015, he entertained close to 60 graduate students and PDFs during his GPD talk on his career pathway as Pharma Scientist and Sales Manager. His discussion highlighted the […]

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Scott Prosser and Oliver Ernst organize 16th GPCR Retreat

3 July 2015|0 Comments

Scott Prosser and Oliver Ernst are organizing this year’s Great Lakes GPCR Retreat at Hockley Valley Resort (80 km northeast of Toronto). A workshop “Tools for Structural Neurobiology” organized by the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Structural Neurobiology precedes the GPCR Retreat.

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Research Day 2015

21 May 2015|0 Comments

More than 200 attendees and 80 posters contributed to another highly successful Research Day. Held in the Medical Sciences Auditorium with posters in the Stone Lobby, we also enjoyed a BBQ lunch on the “patio” in between.

As always, the calibre of science was extremely high, featuring research talks from trainees and our newest faculty members, as well as […]

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Professional Development Workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows and PhDs – May 8, 15, 19, 2015.

7 April 2015|0 Comments

Dr. Nana Lee brings her second annual summer workshop for PDFs and senior PhDs.

Topics to cover are: Success in Academia, Success outside of Academia, Effective Networking, Elevator Pitch, How to Create your Career Pathway, Writing a Stellar Resume and Cover Letter, Preparing for the Interview/Negotiation. Networking Sessions with Professionals from Academia, Sanofi, OGI, Baycrest, St […]

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T. Ryan Gregory: “Animal Genomes Large and Small”

4 March 2015|0 Comments

Ryan Gregory of the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, presented the above lecture in our George Connell Seminar Series. For more on Professor Gregory’s research visit his website.

  • Jean-Philippe Julien

Jean-Phillipe Julien: “Lowering the bar for an HIV vaccine”

18 February 2015|0 Comments

Jean-Phillipe Julien, one of the newest members of the Biochemistry Department , presented the above lecture in our George Connell Seminar Series. For more on Professor Julien’s research visit his website.

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Dr. Karim Mekhail: “Repetitive DNA and genome stability: From spatial genome organization to RNA-DNA hybrid regulation”

3 December 2014|0 Comments

Dr. Karim Mekhail, from the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, here at the University of Toronto, presented the above lecture in our George Connell Seminar Series.

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Dr. Chris Nicchitta: “Dynamics and Selectivity in mRNA Localization to the Endoplasmic Reticulum”

27 November 2014|0 Comments

Dr. Christopher Nicchitta, from the Department of Cell Biology, Duke University Medical Center, presented the above lecture in our George Connell Seminar Series.

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Dr. André Hoelz: “Building the atomic structure of the nuclear pore complex piece by piece”

11 November 2014|0 Comments

Dr. André Hoelz, from the Department of Bochemistry at the California Institute of Technology presented the above lecture in our George Connell Seminar Series.