Mission Statement:

  1. To create a multi-disciplinary research environment encompassing in vitro, in vivo, computational, and disease-related aspects of protein folding.
  2. To create a rich training environment that will provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with the skills to make substantive contributions to this field.

Protein folding is a highly complex process with important clinical significance. It is a major focus of study by theoreticians, biochemists, cell biologists, and neuroscientists. Furthering our understanding of protein folding will have a significant impact on basic and applied protein science. In order to train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in this multidisciplinary field, a training program in Protein Folding and Interaction Dynamics: Principles and Diseases has been initiated at the University of Toronto and supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Grant.

The program brings together scientists from various disciplines within the large Toronto protein folding community to encourage cross-disciplinary research encompassing in vitro, in vivo, computational, and disease-related aspects of protein folding, binding, and misfolding. The program involves thirty-two principle investigators and is coordinated by a five-member program advisory committee. Prospective trainees will become part of a network of laboratories working in the field of protein folding, and they will be co-supervised by at least two members of the program. The unique and rich environment provided by the program will train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to make significant contribution to this important and multidisciplinary field.

Students and Postdocs conduct projects in one of 32 labs investigating protein biochemistry and can apply for funding.

Head to the CIHR Training Program in Protein Folding site for more information.

For inquiries contact

Walid A. Houry

Walid A. Houry

1 King's College Circle
Medical Sciences Building, Room 5308
416-946-7141
walid.houry@utoronto.ca