Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Summer 2015 teaching job postings now on line

Looking for a summer teaching job?

GA/TA Job Postings have been made, as per article 12:01 of the CUPE 4580 Collective Agreement.

All postings and related information can be viewed at:

Applications must be submitted to: Beth Kickham in Essex Hall, Room 275-D.

Deadline for receiving applications is: Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 4:30pm or until positions have been filled.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sessional Instructor Postings - Fall 2015

Sessional Instructor Postings - Fall 2015

Please visit our Employment Opportunities web page for information on sessional positions available for Fall 2015.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications from qualified individuals who are interested in teaching these courses as posted.  

Pharmacology for Health Sciences - 03-59-391-01
Lipids, Lipoproteins, and Signaling - 03-59-469-01

Biochemistry & Cell Biology – Lipids & Membranes - 03-59-675

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship - 03-59-690-01

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Students shine at SOUSCC

Students shine at SOUSCC

The Department congratulates our presenters at the 2015 Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

This year SOUSCC had 124 submissions in the following categories: Educational (3); Biological (18); Analytical (14); Physical (20); Organic (21); Inorganic (16); posters (32).

Our students did a fantastic job and were very competitive. They made us proud! We are delighted to report that Mr. Tarade (Pandey Lab) won 1st Place and Mr Jafar (Gauld Lab) won 2nd Place in the Biological Chemistry category.

A big thank you also goes out to the 59-410 instructor Dr Gauld for preparing the students for their presentations.

Submitted by:
Bulent Mutus, Ph.D.
Head and Chaperone

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Students successful in Blue Sky Competition

Farzana Afin (Master’s student in biochemistry) and Fahmida Afrin (Undergraduate student in civil engineering) won first place and $1500 in the Blue Sky Competition from an idea that hatched in collaboration with Michael Holmes, who is a recent PhD graduate from the department.  This competition is sponsored by the Epicentre at UWindsor.

They generated a genetically modified cotton plant which grows coloured cotton instead of regular white cotton. This was done by inserting flower pigmentation genes into the cotton genome. Synthetic dyes are used to colour white cotton fabrics and about 700,000 tons dyes are run off into the waterways every year. This genetically modified coloured cotton would eliminate the need for synthetic dyes which are harmful to the environment. It is also cost effective because manufacturers will not have to purchase the dye. 

Congratulations to all involved!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Schurko receives UWindsor award for excellence in research

Congratulations to Professor Rob Schurko who received one of two University of Windsor Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity - Category C - Established Scholars / Researchers.   The University of Windsor spotlights accomplishments and achievements of faculty at an annual event held to pay tribute to those who have received significant awards and honours for their research or creative activity.

Prof. Schurko was in Israel as a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute at the time of the awards ceremony; so, his two of his Ph.D. students, Chris O'Keefe and David Hirsh, accepted the award on his behalf.

His research focuses upon the development and application of techniques in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for the study of a wide variety of materials, including pharmaceutical compounds, nanoparticles, catalysts, and many more.  To learn more about his research, visit: