Tag Archives : biochemistry

Ed Fischer – interview on Lindau site


Ed Fischer won the 1992 Nobel Prize for the biochemically important discovery of protein regulation by phosphorylation. He also plays piano, and here are two quotes from a recent interview with him on the Lindau Nobel site: “I was happy to retire, because I played the piano and I would have like to spend two hours a day on the…

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The Scientist interviews Johan Olsen


In the same vein as the interviews I normally do on this site, The Scientist interviewed a scientist/musician. Johan Olsen works as crystallographer at the University of Copenhagen, and is the lead singer for the Danish rock band Magtens Korridorer. Read the interview here, and watch their accompanying video:

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Metabolic Melodies


I was cleaning out the bookmarks on my laptop, when – no, that’s not true. I was clicking on all the bookmarks, noticed that 70% are now dead links, and just left them there, when I came across “Kevin Ahern’s Wildly Popular Metabolic Melodies“. I must have bookmarked it long ago, and completely forgot about it. Kevin Ahern teaches at…

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Oliver Smithies lecture


I went to a lecture by Oliver Smithies this morning. I most enjoyed his stories of things that didn’t work. His PhD thesis that nobody ever read, his inventions that nobody ever used, and the story of when he spilled beta-mercaptoethanol* on his shoes. He also showed a lot of pages from his notebooks, and noted that most of his…

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Seminar


If you’re at or near UofT right now and don’t have anything to do at 4 PM, I’m giving the final seminar of my PhD work in room 2172 of the Medical Science Building (one of the lecture halls behind Tim Hortons). It’s for the Biochemistry department, but anyone is welcome to attend, and it’s busy enough that you can…

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Foldit


Foldit is a web based computer game that lets you fold proteins, and contribute to science while playing. From the site: “Figuring out which of the many, many possible structures is the best one is regarded as one of the hardest problems in biology today and current methods take a lot of money and time, even for computers. Foldit attempts…

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Etsy Wednesday – I Am Starstuff


Raven Hanna’s “Made With Molecules” work has been featured on the blog before, but this new bracelet on Etsy was worth mentioning: It spells out “I am starstuff” in amino acids, and was inspired by Carl Sagan’s statement that we are made of starstuff. The bracelet itself, and the amino acids it represents (which are part of us) are all…

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YouTube Tuesday – Lego Biochemistry


I’m thinking of posting a video every Tuesday, partly because I like videos, and partly because I like how “YouTube Tuesday” sounds. First up: Lego figures teach biochemistry: (Near the end the background music is Pachelbel, which reminded me of another YouTube video.)

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Maud Menten


Maud Menten, originally uploaded by philipjohnson. My first reaction when I saw this photo was “Hey! UofT!”. Second reaction: “Argh! Enzyme kinetics!” If you’ve ever taken a university biochemistry course you’ve had to learn about Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Before her collaboration with Leonor Michaelis, Maud Menten was one of few women who studied medicine at the University of Toronto and that…

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