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Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Maria Jasin

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Maria Jasin

Written by Louis Ho Dr. Maria Jasin is a biomedical researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. I asked her about her work, the field of DNA damage and the hurdles she encountered in her career as a female scientist. Dr. […]

A Brief History of the Connell Lectures

A Brief History of the Connell Lectures

  Written by Andrew Zhai   Each year, the Biochemistry department hosts the George Connell Lectures: a series of talks given by an invited researcher from outside the university about the cutting-edge research being done in their labs. We had the opportunity to chat with […]

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

                           Written by Annoj Thavalingam                            Image courtesy of Flickr   Entry #1 – May 3rd 2033, 7:30 am   I […]

Rotation Reflections

Rotation Reflections

Last fall, the Biochemistry Department introduced a major change in the graduate program regarding first year structure. All incoming students are now required to undergo three five-week rotations before choosing a permanent lab.

Meet the Microbes!

Meet the Microbes!

Just like people, microbes come in all varieties, too many to keep count. The eleven haikus below appreciate the far-reaching impact they exert upon human health, and remind us that regardless of our plight on Earth, these little suckers are here to stay.     […]

On the nature of the PhD and learning to be a scientist

On the nature of the PhD and learning to be a scientist

September, 1986. I am a rotation student visiting a lab in the Medical Sciences Building here at the University of Toronto. Students are gathered

A Guide to Choosing the Right Lab

A Guide to Choosing the Right Lab

by Louis Ho Choosing the right lab can be a daunting task. Especially if you’re planning to stay for the long-haul.

Using Physical Techniques To Solve Biological Problems: Professor Lewis Kay Wins the Gairdner

Using Physical Techniques To Solve Biological Problems: Professor Lewis Kay Wins the Gairdner

Written by Anastassia Pogoutse Artwork by Nikko Torres The Canada Gairdner International Award is given yearly to five individuals for outstanding contributions to medical science. 84 of its 388 recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Dr. Lewis Kay, a Professor in the […]

Is International CRISPR Regulation a Pipe Dream?

Is International CRISPR Regulation a Pipe Dream?

Written by Shawn Xiong Edited by Manisha Talukdar Header image courtesy of Marie Ann Liebert At the dawn of recombinant DNA technology in the early 1970s, two conferences took place in Asilomar state beach in California, led by Stanford biochemist Paul Berg. From an outright […]

#SupportTheReport

#SupportTheReport

written by Anastassia Pogoutse The Naylor Report, summarized by Andrew Zhai in this post, provides a recipe for reinvigorating Canadian research. However, without concrete action by the federal government, the Naylor Report’s recommendations will be nothing but text. Canadian scientists have taken to using the […]