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 …

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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 …

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BIOCHEMISTRY CARTOON SERIES: PROTECTING HUMANS CAN COME FROM VACCINATING MOSQUITOS …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 …

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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 …

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Biochemistry Cartoon Series: The War on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Cartoon and research description 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 …

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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 …

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