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How does life originate and what are the processes that make it possible?

What is life? How did it originate? What keeps it going? These questions have puzzled humans for thousands of years. With new technology and a unique interdisciplinary approach, the Molecular Architecture of Life program is finding answers.

Until recently, we could only understand the processes of life by looking at static pictures of its building blocks. But life is dynamic, and processes are in constant states of change. Now we have tools such as ultrafast imaging that can record molecules in motion and give scientists the ability to observe living systems at a level that was previously unknown.

Understanding levels of biological function across vastly different lengths and timescales — from the movement of a single atom in a quadrillionth of a second to the much slower processes of cell growth and regulation – is giving researchers in this program new insights into the processes of life.

Founded In

2014

Supporters

Canada Life

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Biophysics
Biochemistry
Molecular biology
Structural biology
Genetics
Neuroscience
Basic medicine, including pathology, pharmacology and toxicology
Analytic and organic chemistry
Optics

Fellows & Advisors

Program Directors

Oliver Ernst

Program Co-Director

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of Toronto
Canada

R.J. Dwayne Miller

Program Co-Director

Molecular Architecture of Life
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
University of Toronto
Canada
Fellows

Wolfgang Baumeister

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Germany

Michel Bouvier

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
Université de Montréal
Canada

Daniel Figeys

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of Ottawa
Canada

Sihyun Ham

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
Sookmyung Women's University
South Korea

Lewis Kay

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of Toronto
Canada

Ming Lei

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
China

Rachel W. Martin

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of California Irvine
United States

Krzysztof Palczewski

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
Case Western Reserve University
United States

Dame Carol Robinson

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

John Vederas

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of Alberta
Canada

Paul Wiseman

Fellow

Molecular Architecture of Life
McGill University
Canada
Advisors

Robert H. Austin

Advisor

Molecular Architecture of Life
Princeton University
United States

Brian Kobilka

Advisor

Molecular Architecture of Life
Stanford University
United States

Lois Pollack

Advisor

Molecular Architecture of Life
Cornell University
United States

David Stuart

Advisory Committee Chair

Molecular Architecture of Life
Oxford University
United Kingdom
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Khanh Huy Bui

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2017-2019

Molecular Architecture of Life
McGill University
Canada

Mikko Taipale

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2016-2018

Molecular Architecture of Life
University of Toronto
Canada

Yue Wan

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020

Molecular Architecture of Life
Genome Institute of Singapore
Singapore

Hyun Youk

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2018-2020

Molecular Architecture of Life
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands

Support Us

CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.

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