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Derek Ng

BSc, MScBMC, PhD

Room 322, Health Sciences Complex

905-569-4266

About Derek Ng

Derek teaches courses on web-based health and science communication, interactive media design and development, and biomolecular visualization. His education includes a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto, and a MScBMC in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating novel data visualization and interaction methods and tools for knowledge discovery, interpretation, and communication in molecular biology.

Research Interests

  • Information and data visualization
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Visualization for knowledge discovery, interpretation, and communication
  • Biomolecular structure and function
  • Web application design and development
  • User-centered design
  • Accessibility
  • Scientific visualization and communication
  • Knowledge translation

Visual Media

For examples of Derek’s work, visit the Faculty section in our Showcase.

Publications

2017

  • Kim, S., Lax, L., Ross, D., Ng, D.P., Grossi, D., Gupta, R., Sockalingam, S., Mason, R., and Taylor, V. 2017. Visualizing the Neurobiology of Trauma: Design and Evaluation of an eLearning Module for Continuing Professional Education of Family Physicians in the Online Psychiatric Education Network. Journal of Biocommunication. In press.

2016

  • Ng, D.P. and Deber, C.M. 2016. Modulating Transmembrane Alpha-helix Interactions Through pH-sensitive Boundary Residues. Biochemistry. 55(31): 4306-15.

2015

  • Deber, C.M. and Ng, D.P. 2015. Helix-helix Interactions: Is the Medium the Message? Structure. 23(3): 437-8.

2014

  • Ng, D.P. and Deber, C.M. 2014. Terminal Residue Hydrophobicity Modulates Transmembrane Helix-helix Interactions. Biochemistry. 53(23): 3747-57.

2011

  • Ng, D.P., Poulsen, B.E., and Deber, C.M. 2011. Membrane Protein Misassembly in Disease. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1818(4): 1115-22.

2010

  • Rath, A., Nadeau, V.G., Poulsen, B.E., Ng, D.P., and Deber, C.M. 2010. Novel Hydrophobic Standards for Membrane Protein Molecular Weight Determinations Via Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis. Biochemistry. 49(50): 10589-91.
  • Ng, D.P. and Deber, C.M. 2010. Modulation of the Oligomerization of Myelin Proteolipid Protein by Transmembrane Helix Interaction Motifs. Biochemistry. 49(32): 6896-6902.
  • Ng, D.P. and Deber, C.M. 2010. Deletion of a Terminal Residue Disrupts Oligomerization of a Transmembrane α-helix. Biochemistry and Cell Biology. 88(2): 339-45.

2005

  • Brokx, S.J., Rothery, R.A., Zhang, G., Ng, D.P., and Weiner, J.H. 2005. Characterization of an Escherichia Coli Sulfite Oxidase Homologue Reveals the Role of a Conserved active Site Cysteine in Assembly and Function. Biochemistry. 44(30): 10339-48.

Oral Presentations

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2017

  • Lax, L.*, Taylor, V., Ng, D.P., Chen, Q., Grossi, D., Gupta, R., Kim, S., Ross, D., Chang, R., Twose, R., Sockalingam, S., & Mason, R. The Online Psychiatric Education Network (OPEN) Design Research Initiative for Knowledge Building and Translation. Richard Reznick Wilson Centre Research Day, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Oct. 13, 2017. Toronto, Ontario.

2016

  • Ross, D.*, Kim, S., Lax, L., Taylor, V., Ng, D.P., Gupta, R., Mason, R., and Sockalingam, S. Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma: Content, Design, and Evaluation of an eLearning Module for Continuing Professional Development. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 32nd Annual Meeting. November 10, 2016. Dallas, Texas.
  • Ross, D.*, Kim, S.*, Lax, L., Taylor, V., Ng, D.P., Gupta, R., Mason, R., and Sockalingam, S. An Introduction to the Neurobiology of Developmental Trauma. Trauma and Dissociation Conference. October 7, 2016. Seattle, Washington (Invited).

2015

  • Ng, D.P.*, Cetlin, C.*, Cormier, N.*, Devasagayam, N.*, Lancefield, R.*, and Won, J.*, and Lax, L. The Art of Visual Persuasion and Implications for Plaintiff v. Defense Illustrations. The 70th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators. July 24, 2015. Cleveland, Ohio (Refereed).

Poster Presentations

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2017

  • Florjanczyk, U., Ng, D.P., Andreopoulos, S.*, Jenkinson, J. Developing a 3D Animation for Deeper Molecular Understanding of Michaelis-Menten Enzyme Kinetics. Western Conference on Science Education, University of Western Ontario. July 6, 2017. London, Ontario.

2016

  • Kim, S., Lax, L.*, Ross, D., Ng, D.P., Gupta, R., Mason, R., Sockalingam, S., and Taylor, V. Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma: Design Research Outcomes of an OPEN eLearning Continuing Professional Development Module for Family Physicians. Richard Reznick Wilson Centre Research Day, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. November 4, 2016. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Ross, D.*, Kim, S., Lax, L., Taylor, V., Ng, D.P., Gupta, R., Mason, R., and Sockalingam, S. Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma: Content, Design, and Evaluation of an eLearning Module for the Continuing Professional Development of Family Physicians. 42nd Annual Harvey Stancer Research Day, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. June 16, 2016. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Seto, S.*, Gumabay, F.M., Mikhail, M., Rana, J., Chen, P.X., Tia, V., Ashwin, M., Manjunath, J., Phan, N., Famure, O., Ng, D.P., Wall, S., and Kim, S.J. My Kidney Path: An Online Resource Guide of the Kidney Pre-transplant Evaluation Process for Kidney Patients and Healthcare Providers. 6th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QuIPS) Conference. May 7, 2016. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Gupta, R.*, Grossi, D., Lax, L., Taylor, V., Ng, D.P., Sockalingam, S., and Mason, R. Using Graphic Narratives for eLearning Case Design in a Continuing Professional Development Module on Antenatal Depression for Family Physicians. 5th Annual Donald Wasylenki Education Day, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. February 26, 2016. Toronto, Ontario (Refereed).

2015

  • Ng, D.P.*, Corrin, M., Jenkinson, J., and Johnson, G. VizMol: Data Visualization for Molecular Structure Analysis and Exploration. Gordon Research Conference Conference in Visualization in Science and Education. August 5, 2015. Lewiston, Maine.
  • Ng, D.P.*, Corrin, M., Jenkinson, J., and Johnson, G. VizMol: Data Visualization for Molecular Structure Analysis and Exploration. VIZBI: 6th International Meeting on Visualizing Biological Data. March 25, 2015. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Workshop Presentations

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2016

  • Ng, D.P.* Rapid Prototyping in Design. University of Toronto Educational IT Summer Student Program. July 20, 2016. Toronto, Ontario (Invited).
  • Ng, D.P.* Broadening Your Reach: Communicating Science Through Whiteboard Animations. Connaught Summer Institute In Pain Annual Scientific Meeting: Integrating Research and Clinical Practice. July 19, 2016. Toronto, Ontario (Invited).

2014

  • Ng, D.P.* Make the Web Faster: Optimize Your Site for a Speedy User Experience. BAMTO: Biocommunication Academic Meeting. April 22, 2014. Toronto, Ontario.

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