Graduate Endowment Fund

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Read more about the Graduate Endowment Fund (.PDF, 461KB)

For more information or to learn how to contribute, please contact Dr. Chris Brandl.

Medical Sciences Building M342
t. 519.661.3074
f. 519.661.3175

Further advances in health care will require the training of tomorrow’s outstanding scientists.

Drs. Lo and SanwalThe Department of Biochemistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has created the Bishnu Sanwal and Theodore Lo Graduate Endowment Fund to ensure that this training will continue in order to maintain Canada’s prestigious position at the forefront of medical research.

This fund was named in honour of two former Chairs of Biochemistry, in recognition of their contributions. Photos on this page are from the celebratory dinner held by the Biochemistry Dept. on 30 Oct 2015 for the naming of the fund. Dr. Theodore (Ted) Lo is shown on the left of the photo above, and Dr. Bishnu (Bill) Sanwal is shown on the right. Read the transcript (.PDF, 73KB) of Dr. Sanwal's speech at the dinner.

The objectives of this Endowment Fund are as follows:

  • Enhance recruitment of talented young researchers into graduate programs.
  • Provide training opportunities in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology by directing research funds into graduate programs.
  • Promote the establishment of new research initiatives with seed-funds for graduate student training.
  • Promote communication of research findings by supporting participation at international conferences.

This Fund paid for part of the Direct-Entry PhD Entrance Scholarships in 2017. 

The Future of Medical Research

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology are Central Disciplines in Diverse Areas of Modern Medicine.

photo of Dr. LoBiochemical research has prominently led the way to uncovering the molecular basis of disease and continues to provide the foremost avenue for diagnosis and treatment. Rational approaches to drug design, molecular diagnosis of disease, and the potential for gene therapy rely almost exclusively on biochemical and molecular research. Biochemical and molecular approaches led to the delineation of the human genome, which in turn has opened up many new opportunities and approaches to improve our understanding and treatment of human disease. In the post-genome era, we will witness global systems-based approaches to analyze the complex molecular inter-relationships that determine human health.

Research Activities

photo of Dr. SanwalFaculty in the Department of Biochemistry comprise a vibrant research community engaged in outstanding research in both independent and collaborative programs.

Research programs are categorized into six major areas:

  • Genome Dynamics, Epigenetics, and Gene Expression
    DNA Replication and Repair; Transcription; Mobile DNA
  • Human Genetics and Clinical Biochemistry
    Disease-based Research; Clinical Studies
  • Signal Transduction and Intracellular Communication
    Signalling Pathways
  • Macromolecular Structure and Dynamics
    Protein Biochemistry; Structural Biology
  • Proteomics
    Biomolecular Characterization; Disease-Based Research
  • Bioinformatics
    Disease Prediction; Protein Coevolution; Biocomputing