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Raising awareness: Addressing the lack of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Raising awareness: Addressing the lack of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Cryo-EM structure of human AA amyloid fibril (PDB ID: 6MST) written by Claire MacMurray In light of news published earlier this year, it is evident that the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), as a collective, refuses to abandon the “amyloid hypothesis”. I aim to suggest that such […]

From the lab to the runway: Making academia more inclusive through Drag

From the lab to the runway: Making academia more inclusive through Drag

Written by Andrew Zhai Rawbyn Diamonds walks onto the stage at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. She’s carrying an umbrella while seamlessly mouthing the words to Rihanna’s Umbrella. In fact she went to school with Rihanna in Barbados. Whether or not this is true doesn’t matter: with […]

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Tom Rapoport

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Tom Rapoport

written by Alexa Fitzpatrick photo courtesy of the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg  Dr. Tom Rapoport is a professor with the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Rapoport will be discussing his research on the mechanisms […]

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Gerhard Wagner

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Gerhard Wagner

written by Sungwon Hwang Dr. Gerhard Wagner is a professor with the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. He has been invited to give a talk on April 17th as a part of the George Connell […]

So you’ve picked a lab. Now what?

So you’ve picked a lab. Now what?

written by Anjali Balakrishnan It’s the month of January. You have made the choice for your graduate career following short-lived lab rotations. The decision was made either using lengthy pro-con lists, or perhaps you heeded the advice of fellow graduate students, or you turned to […]

Changemakers: Noah, Nero and Susan

Changemakers: Noah, Nero and Susan

written by Vaibhav Bhandari with photos by Richard Li With winter fully underway, we scurry about from location to destination to escape the bitter cold and wind. On the edges of the campus and around town, often noticeable are the city’s homeless – taking cover […]

Changemakers

Changemakers

written by Dr. Nana Lee Storytelling our impact One of the delightful aspects of my current role at U of Toronto as Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Director of Graduate Professional Development, are the stories I hear from many graduate students about the impactful work […]

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Kristin Parent

Connell Lecture Series: Dr. Kristin Parent

Written by Annoj Thavalingam   On October 24th 2018, our Connell lecturer Dr. Kristin Parent arrived from Michigan State University to present her research on a novel mechanism of phage capsid stabilization. Transcripts decided to continue the conversation by meeting Kristin via Skype and discussing […]

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 […]