From “blue collar scientist” to pandemic PI: Getting to Know Dr. Spencer Freeman

From “blue collar scientist” to pandemic PI: Getting to Know Dr. Spencer Freeman

written by Raphaella So header image courtesy Spencer Freeman Dr. Spencer Freeman joined the Biochemistry faculty in 2020. His lab studies two aspects of immune surveillance: resolution of ingested fluids in macrophages, and inhibitory signals suppressing phagocytosis. Born and raised in Toronto, Spencer first began 

Making Biochem More Accessible: the Virtual Biochemistry Day Outreach Event for High School Students

Making Biochem More Accessible: the Virtual Biochemistry Day Outreach Event for High School Students

Written by Kate Jiang On March 24th, 2021, the Department of Biochemistry’s Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) committee held their virtual Biochemistry Day for high school students across Toronto. Biochemistry Day is an outreach initiative for students from underserved areas to learn more about 

Equity Leads to More Impactful Science

Equity Leads to More Impactful Science

Image credit: Andy Brunning/Compound Interest Written by: Alison Mao and Mikaela Palandra (Biochemistry WIDE Committee) Considering the benefits of diversity in science, it is essential for institutions to take steps to promote the inclusion of underrepresented groups. Our first article in the Equity, Diversity, and 

BIOCHEMISTRY CARTOON SERIES: PROTECTING HUMANS CAN COME FROM VACCINATING MOSQUITOES …SORT OF

BIOCHEMISTRY CARTOON SERIES: PROTECTING HUMANS CAN COME FROM VACCINATING MOSQUITOES …SORT OF

Written by Brandon McLeod, Illustrated by Chloe Mitchell Researcher: Brandon McLeodGroup: Julien Lab With the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, there has been widespread discussion regarding the different types of vaccines being developed. The startlingly high efficacy of the novel mRNA vaccines that both Pfizer and Moderna 

One year in isolation: the mental health cost of COVID-19

One year in isolation: the mental health cost of COVID-19

written by Raphaella So As I watched the clock strike 12 on March 13, 2021, I acknowledged that I had spent a whole year in isolation under the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most students in the department, I spent the first three months in complete shutdown, 

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