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Online course instructors crossing the road at the University of Toronto campus.

Excellence in Teaching

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Plaque commemorating 100 Years of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. (Click picture to view a larger image.)



Each year over 2,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in more than 2 dozen biochemistry courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. These include first year medical students who receive instruction in biochemistry lectures and seminars.

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Instructors in the course. From left: Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, Dr. Shana O. Kelley, Dr. Robert Murray, and Dr. Roy R. Baker,

The team of instructors for this online course includes award-winning professors, lecturers, and teaching assistants from within the Department, as well as a biochemistry professor who is also a medical doctor.

Read more about the individual instructors below.

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Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier

Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto


B.Sc., Carleton University, 1972
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1977
Post-doctoral Fellowship Harvard University, 1976 - 78
Post-doctoral Fellowship University of Toronto, 1978 - 80
University of Alberta, 1980 - 86
Blood Research, University of British Columbia, 2009

Department Biographical Listing


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Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier obtained his doctoral degree working on bacterial outer membrane proteins. Following post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard and the University of Toronto, he joined the faculty at the University of Alberta where he developed his research program on the structure and function of membrane transport proteins. He joined the University of Toronto in 1986 where he continues his research on membrane proteins.

An active and enthusiastic teacher, Dr. Reithmeier has taught biochemistry at the graduate and undergraduate level.


Dr. Reithmeier is a recipient of the prestigious W.T. Aikins Teaching Award.

Current Biochemistry Research

Structure and Function of Membrane Proteins

The Reithmeier Lab is interested in the structure and function of membrane proteins, in particular, the chloride/bicarbonate anion exchanger (AE1, Band 3). The Band 3 glycoprotein of the erythrocyte membrane is responsible for the exchange of chloride and bicarbonate across the plasma membrane, a process necessary for respiration. A truncated form of the protein (kAE1) is expressed in the kidney where it plays an essential role in bicarbonate re - absorption.

Research Website

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Dr. Roy R. Baker

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto


B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1969
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1973
Postdoctoral Fellowship Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Gottingen), 1973 - 75
Postdoctoral Fellowship Montreal Neurological Institute (McGill University), 1976

Department Biographical Listing


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Dr. Roy Baker completed postdoctoral work in the areas of brain lipid metabolism and synaptic transmission. He joined the University of Toronto as a research scientist in medicine and biochemistry. Dr. Baker has taught a variety of courses within the faculties of arts and science, and medicine. He often uses a well-received case study approach to education, with applications to disease. Dr. Baker was Co-Director of the medical course Metabolism and Nutrition.


Dr. Baker is the recipient of teaching awards in medicine including:

  • W.T. Aikins Award
  • Harry Whittaker Memorial Teaching Award.


Biochemistry Research:

Phospholipid and Glyceride Metabolism in Neuronal Nuclei and Ischemic Brain

Of all the tissues in the body, central nervous tissue is the most highly specialized and complex. It is highlighted by the neuronal cell - the transmitter of nervous impulses. The Baker Lab studies the metabolism of phospholipids and neutral glycerides (diacylglycerols and triacylglycerols) in various subcellular membrane fractions of brain. In particular the production of platelet-activating factor in neuronal nulclei during ischema is of central interest.

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Dr. Shana O. Kelley

Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Division of Biomolecular Sciences, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1999
Postdoctoral Fellowship Scripps Research Institute, 1999 - 2000

Department Biographical Listing


Dr. Shana Kelley is a professor of biochemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and has taught biochemistry to undergraduate students for the last 10 years. Her research interests lie in the development of new technologies for disease diagnosis and drug delivery.


Dr. Kelley's work has been recognized with a variety of distinctions, including:.

  • named one of "Canada's Top 40 under 40"
  • a NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellow
  • the Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award
  • an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
  • a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award
  • a NSF CAREER Award, a Dreyfus New Faculty Award
  • name one of "Top 100 Innovators" by MIT's Technology Review


Biochemistry Research

Molecular and Cellular Sensors

The Kelley Lab research efforts are directed towards developing and engineering new sensors and probes for the study of biological function and the detection and diagnosis of disease. Projects underway involve diverse disciplines ranging from biomolecular chemistry to molecular biology, cell biology to materials science, and nanotechnology.

Research Website

Read more about Dr.Kelley's research on her lab's website:

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Dr. Robert Murray

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Medical Doctor
Private practice, Toronto


M.Sc. Physiology, University Michigan
Ph.D. MD, University of Glasgow
Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin

Department Biographical Listing

Dr. Robert Murray did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin, and returned to the University of Toronto to pursue a career in research and teaching medical students over the next 30 years. Dr Murray was the Director of the Metabolism and Nutrition Course in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine for three years. His main educational interest is to help students appreciate the importance of biochemistry in the understanding of health and disease.

Biochemistry Textbook Writer

Dr.Murray has written and edited the classic textbook on biochemistry, Harper's Illustrated Biochemistry, that is used in universities across Canada, the USA, and international medical schools.


Dr Murray is the recipient of several teaching awards in medicine, including:

  • WT Aikins Award
  • Harry Whittaker Memorial Teaching Award
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Dr. Stavroula Andreopoulos

Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto


B.Sc. University of Toronto, 1992
M.Sc. University of Toronto, 1994
Ph.D. Pharmacology University of Toronto, 1999
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Athens, 2001
Postdoctoral Fellowship Centre for Addition of Mental Health, Toronto, 2004

Department Biographical Listing


Dr. Stavroula Andreopoulos obtained her PhD in pharmacology from the University of Toronto.  Following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Athens and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), she joined the university as a faculty member.  She is currently a Professor, Teaching Stream, Co-Director of the Amgen Scholars Program and SCS-2472 Course Director in the department of Biochemistry.  

Dr. Andreopoulos lectures in Biochemistry’s two largest life science courses, with over 2000 students registered from a wide variety of programs.  As Undergraduate Coordinator and SCS-2472 Course Director, she has contributed significantly over the years to undergraduate curriculum development and program administration,  with focus on the implementation of technologically-enhanced tools and innovations, resulting in new modes of student interaction both in-class and online. 


Dr. Andreopoulos is the recipient of several awards, including:

  • the NCDEU New Investigator's Awardee-National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • the University of Toronto Master's Fellowship, Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • the CCNP W. G. Dewhurst Travel Award
  • the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Life Sciences Award.
  • the Sustained Excellence and Innovation in Life Sciences Education Award
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About the Department of Biochemistry,
University of Toronto

Founded in 1908 by Professor Archibald Byron Macallum, the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto was the first department dedicated to this discipline in Canada and is one of the oldest in the world.

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The Medical Sciences Building at the University of Toronto, home of the Department of Biochemistry.



Portrait of George Connell, one of the early chairs of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto Portrait of Archibald Macallum, one of the early chairs of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Portraits of early chairs in the department, George Connell (left) and Archibald Macallum (right).

The Department is within the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and is the main resource for the teaching of biochemistry at the University of Toronto, for students in our Department, and all other life science disciplines.

From the earliest days, research has always been a major focus and in the last five years alone, the department has published over 1000 research articles

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The robots room at the department.

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The X-ray diffraction facility in the department.

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About the Temerty Faculty of Medicine,
University of Toronto

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto is Canada's premier medical school. It has a world-wide reputation for excellence in medical education and in medical research.

The medical school at U of T is the largest in Canada with some 1000 undergraduates and 2500 residents and post-graduate medical students training in its 10 fully affiliated teaching hospitals, including the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children. SickKids is where the genes for the diseases cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy were first identified.

Donnelly Centre entrace

Entrance to the Donnelly Centre, a multidisciplinary research facilty for biochemical and biomolecular study at the University of Toronto.



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Statues of Banting and Best in the lobby of the Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto.

Banting and Best, discoverers of insulin, did their work at the University of Toronto. Oliver Smithies, who won a Nobel Prize in 2007 for his work on introducing genes into cells, developed a protein separation method, the starch gel electrophoresis, while in Toronto.

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University of Toronto campus.

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