The Department of Biochemistry recognizes equity, diversity and inclusion as core values that promote excellence in all that we do.  Increasingly, our faculty, staff and student populations reflect the rich diversity of Toronto and Canada.  We encourage all applications to our programs as we value diverse thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.The department supports and values a healthy, professional work and learning environment where all are treated fairly and with respect, and recognizes the importance of personal wellness and work-life integration  in achieving the full potential of all members of our community.

A departmental WIDE Committee has been established to ensure that we:

  • Embrace WIDE in our goal to sustain our excellence in teaching, research and service
  • Support a healthy learning and work environment for all members of our department
  • Provide WIDE training opportunities for all members of our community to address issues of unconscious bias
  • Incorporate the principles of WIDE in our recruitment and career advancement practices with regards to faculty, staff and students
  • Ensure the makeup of our committees and decision-making bodies is inclusive and reflects the diversity of our department
  • Engage widely within the University of Toronto and broader communities to promote education and employment opportunities within our department

WIDE Committee Members (2019/20/21)

Student Team

  • Heather Lau
  • Mikaela Palandra
  • Alison Mao
  • Amy Wu
  • Zaky Hassan
  • Katrina Mekhail
  • Yingke Liang
  • Elaine Thai
  • Jan Falguera (2019)

Articles and Resources Provided by Student Team


For more information about WIDE/EDI at the University of Toronto and Faculty of Medicine please refer to the following resources: 

Unconscious Bias Training Online (GROVO)

Wellness Links:

Biochem Wellness Page

Wellness and Positive Spaces:

Indigenous Resources:


Acknowledgement of Traditional Land 

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

UofT Land Acknowledgement