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Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

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The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers unprecedented opportunities for the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the application of leading edge technologies to molecular cell biology. Please visit our webpage to find out more about our Cell Biology graduate program. Recruitement awards and merit awards are available.   

 

History of the Department

The Department offers unprecedented opportunities for the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the application of leading edge technologies to molecular cell biology. In addition to the graduate training program in hypothesis driven research carried out by leading Principal Investigators of the department is also a new program in Human Systems Biology. Here, training in the application of high throughput proteomics, genomics, and bioinformatics to the study of human and animal tissues in health and disease is featured with the leading investigators of this program.

Our Department's mentors have been recognized for excellence in research and teaching. We have recipients of several Canada Research Chairs, the McLaughlin Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, and the Pew Award. The work in the Department is competitively funded by grants from national and international funding agencies, creating an exciting intellectual environment conductive to leading edge research into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological systems and disease.

The Department houses the university's Facility for Electron Microscopy Research, as well as the faculty's confocal facility for live cell imaging of dynamic processes in real time. In addition the Department harbors the proteomics center with the application of mass spectrometry technology including Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance mass spectrometry to the characterization of proteins in a cell biological context. Departmental labs span interests ranging from the molecular mechanisms of axonal guidance to the extracellular matrix to the cytoskeleton to fundamental aspects of membrane trafficking. Training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is an important goal of the department as well as the training of medical and dental students and of undergraduate science students.

Seminar series

The focus of the department's seminar series is on current cell biology topics in systems ranging from single cell organisms to the complexity of the human brain. We host speakers from the McGill community, as well as from institutes around the world.