Chemistry & Biochemistry

Biochemist to study how proteins contribute to neurodegenerative diseases

UWindsor biochemistry graduate student Cody Caba and professor Bulent Mutus display the crystal structure of protein disulfide isomerase. Mutus received an NSERC Discovery Grant to examine cell proteins and structures and how they contribute to diseases.UWindsor biochemistry graduate student Cody Caba and professor Bulent Mutus display the crystal structure of protein disulfide isomerase. Mutus received an NSERC Discovery Grant to examine cell proteins and structures and how they contribute to diseases.

Bulent Mutus is a micro mechanic.

But instead of fixing cars with wrenches and grease, the biochemist rolls up his sleeves and chops up and rebuilds proteins using microscopes and Petri dishes.

“If this enzyme were a car we would know where the engine is, but now we are looking at turning that engine off so the pathology will go away,” the UWindsor professor said.

Esteemed scholars honoured for their quality teaching

Judy BornaisNursing professor Judy Bornais is one of two recipients of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching honoured during the University’s 107th Convocation ceremonies.

The Alumni Association conferred teaching awards on professors Jeremey Rawson and Judy Bornais during Convocation.

Fast-talking chemistry student to represent Windsor in Three Minute Thesis regionals

Christopher Cameron, Travis DeWolfe, Mary Ann ZokvicThe winners of the 2017 Three Minute Thesis competition held March 28 in the Ambassador Auditorium display their trophies: Christopher Cameron of English language and literature placed second, Travis DeWolfe of chemistry and biochemistry placed first and Mary Ann Zokvic of human kinetics placed third.

The winner of this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition at the University of Windsor is examining how supercomputers can be used to combat superbugs.

Chemistry and biochemistry master’s student Travis DeWolfe took home the $1,000 top prize and will represent the University at the provincial final, April 12 at the University of Waterloo.

“I’m just kind of flabbergasted, really,” DeWolfe said following the competition.All of the competitors here were fantastic and so to watch them all and hear my name announced was surreal.”