Each year the Department holds a Research Day which is held at various venues either on or off campus. This full-day event brings together trainees, faculty and staff to celebrate the year’s scientific achievements as well as to enjoy one another’s company in a relaxed and convivial setting.

Research Day showcases work by our students and postdocs in the form of posters and selected oral presentations with additional talks from several faculty members.

A highlight of the Day is our annual Theo Hofmann lecture, delivered by a prominent international scientist, and has featured the likes of Phil Hieter (UBC), Michel Bouvier (U de M), Greg Petsko (Brandeis) and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (NIH). Our Hofmann lecturer also serves double duty as guest judge for our graduate student and postdoc poster competition. Regardless of the competition outcome all of us end up winners having enjoyed a day of great science, terrific food and excellent company!

Research Days in the Past

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Biochemistry Department Retreat 2019

7 September 2019|0 Comments

The 2019 Biochemistry Retreat was a huge success. Members of the department spent September 4th to the 6th up at Geneva Park where they heard talks from students, postdocs, faculty and invited speakers. In the midst of all this, department members partook in a scavenger hunt, fireside singing and other group activities. the department also […]

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The second annual Biochemistry Departmental Retreat at the Kempenfelt Centre

31 August 2017|0 Comments

The second annual Biochemistry Departmental Retreat was held at the Kempenfelt Centre on August 30-31st, 2017. The retreat not only allowed the Department to celebrate our newest scientific discoveries, but also to allow everyone to see old friend and meet new colleagues. It also allowed incoming graduate rotation students to sample all of the exciting […]

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2016 Biochemistry Retreat at Geneva Park

27 August 2016|0 Comments

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 […]

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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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Emad Heidary Arash wins the Beckman Coulter – Molecular Devices Prize

21 May 2015|0 Comments


Emad Heidary Arash, from the Attisano lab, presented the Beckman Coulter – Molecular Devices Prize talk for the most outstanding paper published in 2014 from a student in the Biochemistry Department.

In this paper Emad and his co-authors identify ARHGEF7, also known as β-Pix, as a new regulator of the Hippo intracellular signalling pathway.   This work […]