November Newsletter 2021

5 November 2021|

Click here to read the full edition: Email newsletter – November 2021

10,000 PhDs Project Highlighted in Science

15 March 2019|

A March 12th article in Science Careers on the changing career landscape for PhD graduates highlighted the 10,000 PhDs Project and the importance of determining the career outcomes of PhD graduates.

The 10 founding universities in the Coalition for Next Generation Life Sciences, including UCSF, Johns Hopkins and Cornell, have now released data on their PhD students, including times to completion and their career choices within 1 year after graduation, 5 […]

2016 Biochemistry Retreat at Geneva Park

27 August 2016|

On August 25th and 26th, the Biochemistry Department held its first Retreat outside of Toronto at the Geneva Park Conference Centre near Orillia.

The turnout was terrific with 140 trainees, staff and Faculty gathering for two days to celebrate the science that we do and to enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful lakeside setting. The Retreat featured cutting-edge talks by trainees and Faculty members as well as an evening poster session […]

11th Annual Benjamin Schachter Memorial Lecture

16 November 2015|

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 and graduate students select and host the speaker who is a graduate from our Department.

This […]

Dr. Greg Block

GPD Hosts Special Seminar with Alum Dr. Gregory Block

17 August 2015|

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 non-profit and for-profit sectors. His scientific narrative of FSHD was followed by a candid, entertaining […]

In Memoriam – Professor George Connell

17 March 2015|

The recent passing of Professor George Connell, Biochemist, Department Chair, University President, colleague and friend who touched so many in his life has brought an outpouring of memorials. Below are tributes from the President of the University of Toronto and long-time friends and colleagues David Tinker and Robert Murray.

Professor Meric S. Gertler, President, University of Toronto
With the passing of Professor George Connell, the University’s 12th president (1984-1990), the University of Toronto […]

Vince Nadeau and Tracy Stone Receive Outstanding TA Award

12 June 2014|

Outstanding TA awards were awarded to Vince Nadeau (BCH210 lecture course) and Tracy Stone (BCH370 lab course) for their excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Dr. Harry Schachter portrait

Harry Schachter Honoured with the Rosalind Kornfeld Award

1 September 2010|

The Society for Glycobiology has just announced that Dr. Harry Schachter (Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist Emeritus, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto) has been awarded the Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology.

Dr. Schachter made many seminal contributions to glycobiology and the biochemistry of glycan synthesis for more than four decades. Early on Dr. Schachter was a leader in establishing many robust enzyme […]