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BIOCHEMISTRY CARTOON SERIES: BACTERIAL TOXINS AS THE TROJAN HORSE IN BATTLING PANCREATIC CANCER

BIOCHEMISTRY CARTOON SERIES: BACTERIAL TOXINS AS THE TROJAN HORSE IN BATTLING PANCREATIC CANCER

Written and illustrated by Chloe Mitchell Researcher: Greg BeilhartzGroup: Melnyk Lab Sometimes, even when the main target for treatment of a disease has been identified and there is a known inhibitor, the target is protected behind some sort of barrier. In this case, how do 

So, You Want To Join A Biotech Start-Up?

So, You Want To Join A Biotech Start-Up?

Tips and tricks to nail your interview Written by: Annoj Thavalingam Photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash Job hunting can be daunting, and more so when applying for positions outside of academia. If a move into industry is on your radar, a biotech start-up 

Biochemistry Cartoon Series: The War on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Biochemistry Cartoon Series: The War on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Written and illustrated by Chloe Mitchell Researcher: Chloe Mitchell Group: Deber Lab  As an alternative to conventional antibiotics, the Deber Lab has designed peptide-based drugs to inhibit the defense mechanisms of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that first appeared in the 1940s 

Ladies Who Lab – Female Nobel winners in Chemistry and Medicine

Ladies Who Lab – Female Nobel winners in Chemistry and Medicine

written by Mikaela Palandra and Heather Lau of the Biochem WIDE committee Across the Nobel awards in chemistry and medicine, which were both established in 1895, only 19 have been awarded to women, out of 185 Chemistry Nobel laureates and 222 Medicine Nobel laureates. That 

Model Homo Sapiens

Model Homo Sapiens

written by Kate Jiang “Doctor, why did you choose to be a scientist?” asked Carlie. I put down the syringe and turned around. The little girl sitting on the bench was staring at me, her wide eyes filled with curiosity. She wore a white hospital 

An Introduction to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM

An Introduction to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM

written by Alison Mao and Heather Lau of the Biochemistry WIDE committee Due to the collaborative nature of science, having diversity in our groups brings valuable differences in perspective that spark innovation. Our endeavours to solve problems and understand the world benefit greatly from the 

Killing flies with bacteria and other things I couldn’t possibly explain to my grandfather

Killing flies with bacteria and other things I couldn’t possibly explain to my grandfather

written by Dr. Justin Nodwell image by Andrew Zhai My grade 11 math teacher, Mr. Dimass, was a fan of short, elegant proofs. Conversely, he had an aversion for anything that was unnecessarily complicated. To indicate such excesses, he used to say, “it’s like you’re 

Woes of the Morning Shift: Research in the time of COVID

Woes of the Morning Shift: Research in the time of COVID

written by Raphaella So After three months of COVID shutdowns, research labs reopened for non-essential work in June. To abide by social distancing rules, all researchers are grouped into shifts. For our building, the Krembil Discovery Tower, the morning shift is 7 am to 1 

Stepping off the treadmill and into the park: A glimpse into the promising future of an alternative publishing platform

Stepping off the treadmill and into the park: A glimpse into the promising future of an alternative publishing platform

written by Claire MacMurray and Noel Garber We have written the following article due to our firm belief in the need of a total reform of the publishing industry in the natural sciences. Once having emphasized the shortcomings of the model/industry, we will proceed to 

Who Could’ve Predicted This? A Look at Biochem’s Decade Ahead

Who Could’ve Predicted This? A Look at Biochem’s Decade Ahead

Written by Em Miraglia Interviews by Claire MacMurray, Kate Jiang, Andrew Zhai We first envisioned this piece at the start of the year. We set out to talk to people in our graduate department about what they wanted to contribute, create, and see around them