Cell Biology Graduate Program

Congratulations to:

- Akihiro Yamashita (PhD student in the group of Heidi McBride) is the recipient of a prestigious Lloyd Carr-Harris Fellowship

- Deanna MacNeil for receiving a CIHR Doctoral Research Award

- Emile Brule for receiving an NSERC Fellowship
- Heena Kumra for receiving funding from CIHR to attend the CIHR Research Poster Presentation at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum, in Winnipeg on June 7th, 2017
- Jeffery Wang for receiving the Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters (CGS M) award
- Corina DeKraker for receiving the Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters (CGS M) award

- Libin Zhou for receiving an Alzheimer Society of Canada doctoral award.

 

Welcome

 

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University offers unprecedented opportunities for the training of Master's, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral students and fellows in the application of cutting-edge technologies to molecular cell biology. In addition to the graduate training program in hypothesis-driven research carried out by leading investigators in the Department, there is also a new program in Human Systems Biology. This program provides training in the application of high throughput proteomics, genomics, and bioinformatics to the study of human and animal tissues.


Our Department's researchers and mentors have been recognized for excellence in research and teaching. We have recipients of 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 conducive to cutting-edge research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of biological systems and disease.

The Department houses the University's Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR), featuring the first Titan Krios 300 kV cryo-transmission electron microscope in Canada, used by Departmental investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students for single-particle imaging and cryotomography. For studying spatio-temporal and protein-protein interactions at the molecular level in real time, the Department houses an advanced Confocal Facility for live-cell imaging of dynamic processes, including Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) technology. In addition, the Department is home to the Proteomics Centre, featuring the application of tandem 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 cell migration to the extracellular matrix to the cytoskeleton to fundamental aspects of membrane trafficking.


The graduate programs in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offer exciting opportunities for challenging graduate studies at the M.Sc. or Ph.D. levels, in well-equipped laboratories in a variety of disciplines such as developmental biology, bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, molecular biology, and cellular biology.

Applying

 

Application Deadlines

 

 

McGill Students

(any citizenship; includes fast-track and back-tracking)

Canadian Students International Students
Winter 2018 November 10, 2017 November 10, 2017 September 1, 2017
Fall 2018 June 21, 2018 June 21, 2018 April 21, 2018

Academic Requirements

 

MASTER'S (MSc) PROGRAM

 

Applicants must hold a B.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, with an overall Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0, or a Grade Point Average of 3.2/4.0 within the last two full-time academic years.

 

DOCTORAL (PhD) PROGRAM

 

Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, with an overall Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0, or a Grade Point Average of 3.2/4.0 within the last two full-time academic years. Such candidates will be registered at the Ph.D. 2 level.

Applicants who wish to be fast-tracked from a B.Sc. to a Ph.D. 1 level may apply to the Ph.D. 1 program, but must have a minimum CGPA of 3.5/4.0.

 

*For International Applicants: Please visit the International Degree Equivalency page to find further information. __________________________________________________

 

Application Requirements: MSc & PhD

 

CONFIRM A SUPERVISOR


All applicants must first arrange with a faculty member of the department for acceptance into his/her laboratory to carry out the thesis research. It is important to carefully consider the research interests of individual faculty members and contact them to discuss possible projects. Please visit the Connecting with Supervisors page for more information, tips, and advice on finding a potential supervisor.

You may find information about our academic staff in our Departmental Directory and Associate Members pages. Please note that Adjunct Members may serve only as co-supervisors, and the primary supervisor must be a Full or Associate Member of the Department.


All applicants must complete the Supervisor Confirmation Form  to be considered for acceptance into our graduate studies program. This form can be found under the "Forms" tab of this webpage. For more details, please see the "How to Apply" tab below.
 

Once you have secured a supervisor, please review the Letter of Understanding. This will be completed by both the student and supervisor once admitted into the program. The form can be found under the "forms" tab of this webpage.

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TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE

On the online application form, you must provide the names and e-mail addresses of at least two professors who are familiar with both your academic and laboratory work (and who will not be your prospective supervisors). McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. Letters must be from academic or other professional employers who can evaluate your potential for graduate studies and/or speak knowledgeably about your accomplishments. You must provide a valid institutional e-mail address for each referee (unfortunately Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc., will not be accepted).

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PROOF OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH (if applicable)

All international applicants whose mother tongue is not English and 1) have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized Canadian institution OR 2) have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction MUST submit examination results from the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).

Notes on McGill's TOEFL requirements

Paper-Based Test (PBT) A minimum score fo 550 is required.
Internet-Based Test (IBT) A minimum score of 86, with each component score no less than 20, is required.
Computer-Based Test (CBT) CBT results are no longer accepted.
 
  • McGill's IELTS requirements:  A minimum overall band score of 6.5 or greater is required.
  • Note: The official English Language Proficiency Test results must be sent directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service. Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available.
  • Note: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are not required.

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How to Apply

 

Only electronic graduate applications are now accepted by McGill University.  For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the electronic applications, please see here.

 

 1) PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION

 

  • Arrange with a faculty member of the department for acceptance into his/her laboratory to carry out the thesis research.
  • Ensure you have the required supporting documents to apply online. 

Documents Required

1. Unofficial transcript(s) of complete university-level academic records to date (this also applies to McGill University transcripts).

Note: All transcripts received via the upload process are considered unofficial. If you are offered admission, you will be required to send the official transcript(s) to the following location. Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. Please do not send these official records until they are requested.

2. Two letters of recommendation: McGill will request the letters of recommendation on your behalf from referees you identify on the application form.

3. Applicants must have the Supervisor Confirmation Form signed by their prospective supervisor in order to be considered for acceptance into our graduate studies program.

4. Test scores (i.e. TOEFL, ILET), if applicable, to be sent directly from the testing agency. You must indicate the McGill University institution code: 0935.

 

2) SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

 


 

Visit the FAQ page for further assistance with your online application. Application fees and other charges are listed on the student accounts website.

 

For further information, please contact:

Joelle Denomy-Hasilo
Student Affairs & Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca
T 514.398.6357
 

 

Professors Accepting Graduate Students

 

 

Professors

Students

Term

daniel.bernard [at] mcgill.ca (Bernard, Daniel) MSc and PhD 2017-2018
claire.brown [at] mcgill.ca (Brown, Claire) MSc and PhD 2017-2018
phil.campeau [at] mcgill.ca (Campeau, Philippe) Msc and Phd 2017-2018
elaine.davis [at] mcgill.ca (Davis, Elaine) MSc 2017-2018

Ehrlicher, Allen

(Lab Positions Available)

PhD 2017-2018

stephane.laporte [at] mcgill.ca (Laporte, Stéphane)

PhD Position Available

PDF Position Available

PhD 2017-2018
joaquin.ortega [at] mcgill.ca (Ortega, Joaquin) MSc and PhD 2017-2018

alexei.pchejetski [at] umontreal.ca (Pchejetski, Alexei)

Position Available

PhD or Postdoc. 2017-2018
Reinhardt, Dieter MSc and PhD 2017-2018
isabelle.rouiller [at] mcgill.ca (Rouiller, Isabelle) MSc and PhD 2017-2018
thomas.stroh [at] mcgill.ca (Stroh, Thomas) MSc and PhD 2017-2018
jason.tanny [at] mcgill.ca (Tanny, Jason) PhD 2017-2018
javier.vargasbalbuena [at] mcgill.ca (Vargas, Javier) PhD and MSc 2017-2018

 

The Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building: front façade.

Master of Science (MSc)

Under the guidance of a Supervisor the student carries out a research study in an approved subject area. Following the completion of course requirements, a thesis presenting the student's original research work is presented to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office and evaluated by two examiners.

Requirements

 

Under the guidance of a Supervisor, the student carries out a research study in an approved subject area. Following the completion of course requirements, a thesis presenting the student's original research work is presented to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office and evaluated by two examiners.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

M.Sc. students need a total of 45 credits to complete the program; a minimum of 42 credits are obtained from compulsory courses, and 3 from a complimentary course.

 

SEMINAR ATTENDANCE

Students enrolled in ANAT 695, 696, or 697 must attend at least 12 seminars per term in order to receive a passing grade. Seminars attended can be from the Anatomy and Cell Biology departmental seminar series, from other McGill departments, or from local institutes, and the research topic must be related to biomedical sciences (Graduate Student Seminars do not count). Conferences (such as ASCB, Biophysics, Gordon Conference, etc.) are also acceptable, but will only count as one seminar. Attendance forms must be completed for each seminar. At the end of the term, students must submit all attendance forms to the GPC. An e-mail will be sent in advance of the submission deadline.

Related Seminars at McGill:
McGill Centre for Bioinformatics
Department of Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Department of Physiology

Seminars offered by other departments are also advertised on McGill Channels.

 

MSc THESIS PREPARATION SEMINAR (ANAT 601)

The guidelines and evaluation form related to the MSc Seminar can be found under the "Forms" tab on this webpage.

Three months before submission of their thesis, M.Sc. students must successfully present a M.Sc. Thesis Preparation Seminar. The seminar guidelines and evaluation sheet can be found under the "Forms" tab.  Students must notify the joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca (subject: MSC%20Thesis%20Seminar) (GPC) joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca ( )when a date has been confirmed for the seminar. To book a room for the seminar, please contact anatomysec.med [at] mcgill.ca.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY DAY

As of Fall 2014, all new students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology must attend a mandatory Academic Integrity Day Workshop. This workshop is only offered once per academic year, so should there be a conflict with your schedule, you must notify the Graduate Program Coordinator.

The event is very relevant to Master's students and first- or second-year PhD students who may not understand the complexity of the student/supervisor relationship, authorship, and plagiarism.

Although plagiarism is brought to students' attention in many ways, this half-day interactive workshop builds on that information and is an excellent opportunity for students to discuss and understand some of the complexities that are not easily accessed in handbooks, policies, and guidelines.  Students will leave this workshop with a far more sophisticated understanding of the issues, and it is a great opportunity to network!

To register: Please go to the Skillset Calendar and Registration webpage. If you have any questions regarding the workshop itself, please contact the Skillset Team by email (skillsets [at] mcgill.ca) or by telephone at 514.398.6648.

To confirm your attendance: You must sign in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival. When signing out after the workshop is complete, you will receive a “Proof of Attendance” certificate. A copy of this certificate must be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Mrs. Joelle Denomy-Hasilo (in person or by email).

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Supervision

 

SUPERVISOR AND MENTOR


Prior to being accepted into the program, students should have a supervisor who has competence in the proposed area of research. Each graduate student, in addition to having a Supervisor, will be assigned a Mentor. The Mentor will be a member of the student’s advisory committee. The student will meet with his/her mentor on a yearly basis. The student will have ongoing contact with both the supervisor and the mentor throughout his/her graduate studies and should be familiar with their roles and responsibilities.

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING (as of Fall 2015)

 

The Letter of Understanding is designed to promote dialogue between the supervisor(s) and the student, in order to define expectations and to increase awareness of the rights and responsibilities governing the training program and the student-supervisor relationship. The aim is to achieve a positive and mutually beneficial experience.

Students should review the letter of understanding in advance and then, upon admission, complete it with their supervisor. Once signed, a copy must be submitted to the studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Letter%20of%20Agreement) (Graduate Program Coordinator). This form can be found under the "Forms" tab of this webpage.

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Advisory Committee

In agreement with the thesis supervisor, students must select an Advisory Committee by the end of their first admission term (December or April). Once the committee members are confirmed, the student must notify the joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Program Coordinator) (GPC) of the committee membership.

 

An Advisory Committee is composed of:

  • Student's Supervisor
  • Mentor (acting as representative of the Graduate Affairs Committee)
  • Internal Faculty Member
  • External Faculty Member (can be either from another department within McGill or from another institution entirely).

 

Under exceptional circumstances, the composition of the advisory committee can be modified by the graduate program director or with the approval of the graduate program director, in particular to ensure progress towards the degree.

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The guidelines and forms related to the Advisory Committee Meeting can be found under the "Forms" tab on this webpage.

All graduate students are required to complete mandatory progress reporting for each year that they are registered in a Graduate-level Thesis or Research Program with the university.

In compliance with this policy, all students must organize an Advisory Committee Meeting (ACM) at least once per year to discuss the progress of their research and to obtain constructive advice on the continuation of their project. In the event that a student may not be progressing according to the objectives set out in the Graduate Student Progress Report, another meeting should be held to review any issues that have arisen.

The ACM may be held at the institution where a majority of the committee members are located.

Policies related to research tracking can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

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Research in Progress

 

SEMINAR SERIES

 

Throughout the academic year, graduate students are given the opportunity to present their research in an informal setting among other students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in the Department. This seminar series is compulsory for all graduate students and is designed to provide them with a platform to exchange ideas and discuss science. Students are not evaluated on their presentations.

At the beginning of the academic year, the Graduate Program Coordinator will circulate the Research in Progress Schedule to all graduate students and faculty members.

The format of the presentation is the following:  20 minute presentation + 10 minute question period.

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Thesis

 

THESIS SUBMISSION

 

M.Sc. students are required to submit a thesis meeting all of the thesis guidelines for submission, as determined by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Helpful Links: Thesis Submission DeadlinesInitial e-thesis checklist, Final e-thesis submission instructions

When submitting both the initial and final e-thesis, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology require students to 'cc the studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Program Coordinator).

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND SIGNATURES

 

As of September 16, 2013, initial thesis submission is performed electronically, and students must first obtain the Graduate Program Director's (GPD's) signature before initial submission.  To do so, they must send an e-mail to the studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Program Coordinator)joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca ( )and attach a full copy of the electronic thesis along with all submission forms, duly completed (including the conflict-of-interest statements).  The GPD will review the thesis and forms, and the signed form will be sent back to the student within 1-5 working days upon receipt of the e-mail.  This time delay must be taken into account with respect to thesis submission deadlines.

 

TIME LIMITATION POLICY

 

The maximum amount of time granted for the completion of one's degree must be respected by all graduate students in our program. For more information, please see the following:  Time Limitation Memo and Time Limitation Policy

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Fast-Track to PhD

 

PROMOTION TO THE PhD FROM THE MSc ("Fast-Tracking")

The guidelines and forms related to Fast Tracking can be found under the "Forms" tab of this webpage.

Students who are already registered in the M.Sc. program in Anatomy and Cell Biology may apply to transfer into the Ph.D. program if they meet the following requirements at the time of application:

  1. The student has been registered full-time in the M.Sc. program in Anatomy of Cell Biology for a minimum period of 2 terms and a maximum of 4 terms (including the summer term). A student who has reached Additional Session can no longer apply to fast-track.
  2. The student has maintained a CGPA of 3.5 or higher throughout his/her M.Sc. studies.
  3. The student has successfully defended a MSc to PhD Transfer Seminar and received favourable assessment from the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC). The decision to promote a student will be based on the criteria presented in the MSc to PhD Transfer Seminar Evaluation Form, as well as on the GAC’s recommendation.

    At the student’s first annual Advisory Committee Meeting, the student should receive recommendation by the Committee to move forward with the Transfer Seminar. The student must inform both the Committee and the Graduate Program Coordinator of his/her intention to fast-track to the Ph.D. program (i.e. at the time when the notice of the meeting is sent to all committee members).

    It should be emphasized that fast-tracking represents a serious long-term commitment by both student and supervisor. To obtain recommendation for the Transfer Seminar, the Advisory Committee must be satisfied that the student has an adequate understanding of the scope of his/her project and sufficient knowledge of background material.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR FAST-TRACKING

 

  • The student must contact the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) to notify her of the intention to transfer into the PhD program and to verify that the above criteria have been met.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not apply to fast-track until you have contacted the GPC, as a profile must be created on the uApply system specifically for fast-track applications in order for supporting documentation to be waived.
  • Once the GPC notifies the student via e-mail that the profile has been created, the student can complete the online application.
  • Once the application has been approved, the student will enter the doctoral program at the PhD2 level and must complete the PhD Program requirements.

 

FAST-TRACK APPLICATION DEADLINES

Summer  Admission April 1
Fall  Admission June 21
Winter  Admission November 10

Please note that there are no exceptions to the application deadlines above, so it is important that students contact the GPC as early as possible.

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Human Systems Biology Stream

This stream is currently under review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctorate (PhD)

Under the guidance of a Supervisor, the student carries out a research study in an approved subject area. Following the completion of course requirements and a comprehensive exam, a thesis of original research on a unified topic must be presented to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office and successfully evaluated by external and internal examiners. In addition, the thesis must be successfully defended during an oral presentation in front of an examining committee.

Requirements

 

PhD students need a total of 15 credits from compulsory courses, and they must successfully complete the comprehensive examination.

 

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS SEMINAR SERIES

 

Throughout the academic year, graduate students are given the opportunity to present their research in an informal setting among other students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in the Department. This seminar series is compulsory for all graduate students and is designed to provide them with a platform to exchange ideas and discuss science. Students are not evaluated on their presentations.

At the beginning of the academic year, the Graduate Program Coordinator will circulate the Research in Progress Schedule to all graduate students and faculty members.

The format of the presentation is the following:  20 minute presentation + 10 minute question period.

 

SEMINAR ATTENDANCE (ANAT 695, 696, 697)

 

Students enrolled in ANAT 695, 696, or 697 must attend at least 12 seminars per term in order to receive a passing grade. Seminars attended can be from the Anatomy and Cell Biology departmental seminar series, from other McGill departments, or from local institutes, and the research topic must be related to biomedical sciences (Graduate Student Seminars do not count). Conferences (such as ASCB, Biophysics, Gordon Conference, etc.) are also acceptable, but will only count as one seminar.  Attendance forms must be completed for each seminar. At the end of the term, students must submit all attendance forms to the GPC. An e-mail will be sent in advance of the submission deadline.

Related Seminars at McGill:
McGill Centre for Bioinformatics
Department of Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Department of Physiology

Seminars offered by other departments are also advertised on McGill Channels

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (ANAT 701)

The guidelines and evaluation forms related to the Comprehensive Exam can be found under the "Forms" tab on this webpage.

With the first 18 months in the Ph.D. program, the student must successfully pass his/her Comprehensive Exam.

The Comprehensive Examination comprises a written exam (with two sections: a written thesis proposal and a critique of a primary research article) and an oral exam (with three sections: a presentation of the student’s doctoral research project and thesis proposal, a discussion of the primary research article chosen by the student with elaboration of the proposed research project, and questions on general knowledge). For further information, please read the Comprehensive Exam Guidelines under the "forms" tab.

In an effort to provide appropriate feedback to the student, each section of the Comprehensive Exam will be evaluated independently.

The Comprehensive Exam may be held at the institution where a majority of the committee members are located.

Click here for more information on comprehensive exams.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY DAY

 

As of Fall 2014, all new students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology must attend a mandatory Academic Integrity Day Workshop. This workshop is only offered once per academic year, so should there be a conflict with your schedule, you must notify the Graduate Program Coordinator.

The event is very relevant to Master's students and first- or second-year PhD students who may not understand the complexity of the student/supervisor relationship, authorship, and plagiarism.

Although plagiarism is brought to students' attention in many ways, this half-day interactive workshop builds on that information and is an excellent opportunity for students to discuss and understand some of the complexities that are not easily accessed in handbooks, policies, and guidelines.  Students will leave this workshop with a far more sophisticated understanding of the issues, and it is a great opportunity to network!

To register: Please go to the Skillset Calendar and Registration webpage. If you have any questions regarding the workshop itself, please contact the Skillset Team by email (skillsets [at] mcgill.ca) or by telephone at 514.398.6648.

To confirm your attendance: You must sign in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival. When signing out after the workshop is complete, you will receive a “Proof of Attendance” certificate. A copy of this certificate must be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Mrs. Joelle Denomy-Hasilo (in person or by email).

_______________________________________________

 

 

Supervision

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING (as of Fall 2015)

 

The Letter of Understanding is designed to promote dialogue between the supervisor(s) and the student, in order to define expectations and to increase awareness of the rights and responsibilities governing the training program and the student-supervisor relationship. The aim is to achieve a positive and mutually beneficial experience.

Students should review the letter of understandingt in advance and then, complete it with their supervisor(s) upon admission. Once signed, a copy must be submitted to the studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Letter%20of%20Agreement) (Graduate Program Coordinator).

SUPERVISOR AND MENTOR

Prior to being accepted into the program, students should have a supervisor who has competence in the proposed area of research. Each graduate student, in addition to having a Supervisor, will be assigned a Mentor. The Mentor will be a member of the student’s advisory committee. The student will meet with his/her mentor on a yearly basis. The student will have ongoing contact with both the supervisor and the mentor throughout his/her graduate studies and should be familiar with their roles and responsibilities.

_______________________________________________

Advisory Committee

 

In agreement with the thesis supervisor, students must select an Advisory Committee by the end of their first admission term (December or April). Once the committee members are confirmed, the student must notify the studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca (Graduate Program Coordinator) (GPC) of the committee membership.

An Advisory Committee is composed of:

  • Student's Supervisor
  • Mentor (acting as representative of the Graduate Affairs Committee)
  • Internal Faculty Member
  • External Faculty Member (can be either from another department within McGill or from another institution entirely).

Under exceptional circumstances, the composition of the advisory committee can be modified by the Graduate Program Director in order to ensure progress towards the degree.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The guidelines and forms related to the Advisory Committee Meeting can be found under the "forms" tab of this webpage.

All graduate students are required to complete mandatory progress reporting for each year that they are registered in a Graduate-level Thesis or Research Program with the university.

In compliance with this policy, all students must organize an Advisory Committee Meeting (ACM) at least once per year to discuss their research progress and to obtain constructive advice on the continuation of their project. In the event that a student may not be progressing according to the objectives set out in the Graduate Student Progress Report, interim meetings should be held to review any issues that have arisen.

The ACM may be held at the institution where a majority of the committee members are located.

Policies related to research tracking can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

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Thesis

 

PhD THESIS PREPARATION SEMINAR

The guidelines and evaluation form related to the PhD Seminar can be found under the "Forms" tab of this webpage.

At least six months before submission of their thesis, Ph.D. students must successfully present a PhD Seminar, which will be evaluated following these guidelinesStudents must notify the joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca (subject: PhD%20Thesis%20Seminar) (Graduate Program Coordinator) when a date has been confirmed for the seminar.  To book a room for the seminar, please contact anatomysec.med [at] mcgill.ca.

 

THESIS SUBMISSION AND DEFENSE

 

Ph.D. students are required to submit and defend a thesis that follows all of the thesis guidelines for submission as determined by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. 
 

All students (including those who work in a laboratory off campus) must hold their Oral Defence in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building. To book a room, please contact anatomysec.med [at] mcgill.ca

*When submitting both the initial and final e-thesis, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology require students to 'cc the GPC.

Helpful Links: Submission Deadlines,  Initial e-Thesis Submission Checklist, Oral Defence InformationFinal e-Thesis Submission Step by Step Guide, File thesis_submission_information_acb_may_2017.pptx

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND SIGNATURES

 

As of September 16, 2013, initial thesis submission is performed electronically, and students must first obtain the Graduate Program Director's (GPD's) signature before initial submission.  To do so, students must send an e-mail to the joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca (GPC) and attach a full copy of the electronic thesis along with all submission forms, duly completed (including the conflict-of-interest statements).  The GPD will review the thesis and forms, and the signed Nomination of Examiners & Thesis Submission Form will be sent back to the student within 1-5 working days upon receipt of the e-mail.  This time delay must be taken into account with respect to thesis submission deadlines.

 

TIME LIMITATION POLICY

 

The maximum amount of time granted for the completion of one's degree must be respected by all graduate students in our program. For more information, please see the following: Time Limitation Memo and Time Limitation Policy.

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ANAT 541 - Cell and Molecular Biology of Aging (3 credits) (Winter)

Complex aging process, including theories and mechanisms of aging, animal model systems used to study aging and age-dependent diseases. For example; Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and cancer, and age-related diseases, for example, Werner's syndrome and dyskeratosis congenita.

ANAT 542 - Transmission Electron Microscopy (3 credits) (Winter)

Comprehensive study of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Theory, principles and practical applications of imaging, analysis, and advanced sample preparation relevant to biological and non-biological materials.

ANAT 565 - Diseases-Membrane Trafficking (3 credits) (Winter)

This course will examine how research into diseases has played a key role in unraveling the intricate molecular mechanisms controlling membrane trafficking in mammalian cells. Membrane trafficking disorders fall into two groups: a) membrane-associated or b) cytoskeletal defect. Topics include: a) mechanisms of endosomal maturation, lysosomal storage disorders and rab protein-mediated vesicular trafficking, and b) rho GTPase and cytoskeletal binding protein mediated trafficking associated with neurological diseases and cancer

ANAT 663D Histology (6 credits) (currently not offered)

The study of the cytology and structure of tissues and organs.

ANAT 690D - Cell and Developmental Biology (6 credits)

Current developments in molecular cell biology and developmental biology will be presented by course coordinators from primary papers in the scientific literature. These will be discussed and critiqued by students through weekly oral presentations.

ANAT 698D - M.Sc. Thesis Research 1 (24 credits)

Independent research work under the direction of a Supervisor.

ANAT 601 - MSc Seminar Examination (3 credits)

The term before the student graduates, the student is to present a 30-minute seminar on his/her thesis work in a public seminar open to all members of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, followed by a question period lasting 15 to 20 minutes. All faculty, cross-appointed academic staff, post-docs, and students are expected to attend the seminar.

ANAT 701- Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination (no credits assigned)

The Comprehensive Examination is composed of a written exam (with two sections: a written thesis proposal and a critique of a primary research article) and an oral exam (with three sections: a presentation of the student’s doctoral research project and thesis proposal, a discussion of the primary research article chosen by the student with elaboration of the proposed research project, and general knowledge questions).

ANAT 695, 696, and 697 - Seminars in Cell Biology 1, 2, and 3 (3 credits each)

The Seminar in Cell Biology courses must be taken in consecutive terms.

Gaining general knowledge is key in the training of graduate students. These courses will not only provide the tools to do so, but they will also help teach students how to better develop their communication skills (i.e. how to present a good seminar, how to network in order to develop collaborative relationships, etc.). In addition, these courses will allow students to develop their writing skills by summarizing the topic of the seminar and the most pertinent information.

On a weekly basis, experts in the field of biomedical science, from within and outside of McGill, will offer a seminar examining their recent research experience. Students must attend 12 seminars per term, but are not restricted to attending seminars that are offered by the Anatomy & Cell Biology Seminar Series. We encourage students to attend seminars that are offered outside of the department, but which are related to biomedical sciences. Conferences (such as ASCB, Biophysics, Gordon Conference, etc.) are also acceptable, but will only count as one seminar. Seminars offered by other departments are often advertised on McGill Channels.

Method of student assessment:

  • Students must attend 12 seminars per term.
  • After each seminar, students must complete the Seminar Attendance Form, for which they are expected to write a 5-10 sentence summary and have it signed by a professor who was present and can attest to their attendance. At the end of each term, students submit all 12 attendance forms to the GPC. Attendance forms can be found on the Forms tab of this webpage.
  • A grade of Pass or Fail will be assigned based on attendance.

 

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Graduate Funding Opportunities

 

Stipends

 

M.Sc. and Ph.D. students receive a minimum yearly stipend of $18,000 and $20,000 respectively.

This minimum stipend can come from a fellowship or from the supervisor grant(s). It is at the supervisor’s discretion to determine if a student should receive more than the minimum stipend amount.

Recruitment awards, merit awards, and extra funds received from teaching assistant (TA) activities are not included in the minimum stipend.  Students are financially responsible for their tuition fees. More information about tuition fees can be found here.

Graduate students in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology are expected to apply for various internal and external fellowships (e.g. CIHR, NSERC or FRSQ studentship).

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Department Awards

 

ANATOMY & CELL BIOLOGY GRADUATE EXCELLENCE FELLOWSHIPS (GEF)

 

TUITION ASSISTANCE FELLOWSHIP

Fellowships for Tuition Assistance are awarded to new incoming students in compensation for tuition fees higher than Quebec-resident students. The values listed below are subject to change without notice.

Effective Summer 2017
  MSc Canadian
(Non-QC)
MSc International PhD International
Year 1 $3,500 $9,000 $8,000
Year 2 $2,000 $3,500 $6,000
Year 3 - - $6,000

 

Important Notes:
- International MSc students fast tracking to the PhD program are eligible
- Students applying for a transfer from departments within the McGill Faculty of Medicine are not eligible for tuition assistance.
- Students who already have an existing scholarship that covers tuition fees will not qualify for tuition assistance.
- International students who qualify for an International Fee Exemption are not eligible for tuition assistance.

GRADUATE RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT & TRAVEL (GREAT) AWARDS

The GREAT Awards program provides financial assistance for graduate student travel and research dissemination. The funds for these awards are provided by McGill University.

Criteria used in the selection process for the Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Award may vary depending on the number of applicants, the funds requested, and the available funds. Preference may be given to students applying for an oral presentation, students applying to attend an international conference,  students who have not previously received a GREAT award, and students who may otherwise not be able to attend the conference.The award amount will be announced after all applications are submitted.

For the academic year 2017-2018, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has been allocated a total of $2,500 to use for the GREAT Awards, which will be divided amongst more than one applicant. The award amount per student will be determined based on the total number of applicants, the travel justification, and the location. The award amount will be announced after all applications are submitted.

Application deadlines for GREAT awards:

Deadline Date Validity
OCTOBER 1, 2017 For any conference/research-related travel between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
MARCH 1, 2018 For any conference/research-related travel between April 1, 2018 and September 31, 2019.

 

NOTE:  GREAT applications must be submitted via e-mail to the studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca (subject: GREAT%20Award%20Application) (Graduate Program Coordinator).  Applications can be found under the "forms" tab of this website.

NOTE: The GREAT Award may not be used for workshops outside of Canada.  For these, students should apply to the Graduate Program for International Travel by the Faculty of Medicine.

NOTE:  Should the deadline date fall on a weekend or a holiday, the effective deadline date will be the previous working day.

 

MAX STERN RECRUITMENT FELLOWSHIP

These fellowships are awarded to outstanding students (GPA ≥3.70/4.00) seeking first admission to graduate studies in any of the selected departments at McGill University. All applicants for first-time graduate admission are automatically considered by departments for a recruitment fellowship, if the unit has one to offer. There are no application forms, since awards are based exclusively on departmental nomination.

Estimated Value: $14,000 for one year, consisting of a $10,000 award from the Max Stern Estate, plus $4,000 from the award holder's department.

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Please note that the disbursement of any departmental award is subject to change at the discretion of the department.

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Faculty of Medicine Awards

 

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

To support Faculty of Medicine graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions or workshops outside of Canada.

TOMLINSON DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowships are for the purpose of recruiting new graduate students to McGill.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSHIPS

Internal Studentships are open to highly-qualified graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine who are registered full-time in a research training program leading to a MSc or PhD degree.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Internal Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to highly-qualified fellows working under the direction of a Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Medicine.

COLE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS

The Cole Foundation offers fellowships to Clinical Fellows (holders of a medical degree), Post-Doctoral students, and Doctoral students in an effort to promote research in pre-leukemia, leukemia, and other leukemia-related diseases in children and young adults, as well as the development of clinical care for patients affected by these diseases.

MCGILL MEDSTAR AWARD

This award recognizes the excellence of research done at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University by undergraduate (B.Sc.) and graduate students (M.Sc., Ph.D.), post-doctoral fellows, as well as residents in all fields and disciplines covered by the Faculty.

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External Awards (Provincial & National)

 

External awards are granted by federal (e.g. CIHR, NSERC) and provincial (e.g. FRSQ) government agencies, along with various private agencies who rely on McGill University to recommend worthy candidates.

The application process is usually held one academic year in advance of receipt of the award.  Eligibility can be dependent on residency status and other factors. While some awards will be announced, students are asked to verify their eligibility and determine their calendar of application.

Please consult the website of the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Office (GPSO) for more information on on how to apply for external fellowships.Teaching Assistantships

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Additional Funding Possibilities

 

Please consult the following link for more general student funding opportunities.

**Funding opportunities for international students in particular include Differential Fee Waivers and the Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (programme de bourses d'excellence pour étudiants étrangers-PBEE).

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Teaching Assistantships

 

REGULATIONS

 

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers more than 25 Teaching Assistant (TA) positions per term, open to currently-registered graduate students.  The hourly salary rate is $26.83 as of January 1, 2014, and this includes 4% vacation pay.

Teaching Assistant positions at McGill are unionized, and per the Collective Agreement, 2.5% union dues will be withheld by AGSEM.

For more information about the TA union please visit the AGSEM website. The full list of available positions, job descriptions and required qualifications will be posted on the CAPS website.

The posting dates are April 15 for Fall and Full-Year courses and October 15 for Winter courses.  The positions are posted for a period of 30 days.

In order to apply for the positions, please log in on the CAPS website and submit your application on-line.  Please make sure to fill out all required documents and upload them together with your application.  If you encounter any problems, or if you have any questions related to the on-line application process, please contact CAPS desk service.

 

WORKLOAD FORMS

 

Every course coordinator must meet with his/her TA(s) to discuss the proposed workload, as well as detailed functions that the student will be performing during his/her appointment.

The workload form should be signed by the instructor and the student before the end of the academic Add/Drop period.  All later changes made to the agreement between the course instructor and the student should be included in the revised workload form and resubmitted.  The student and the instructor should keep one copy each; one copy will be filed in the student employee record and another will be sent to Human Resources.

 

DOCUMENTS AND FORMS

    AGSEM Collective Agreement
    AGSEM Workload Form
    Graduate Student Application for Teaching Assistantship
    AGSEM Membership Form

 

CONTACT

 

For more information, please contact inna.roo [at] mcgill.ca or 514.398.5094

 

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Other

 

McGILL FELLOWSHIPS

This funding is awarded by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office either through nomination by academic departments or through student application directly to GPS.

These awards are usually granted during the winter or spring before the start of the award. Find the full list here.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FUNDING

For information on funding for international graduate students, please consult this website as well as this website.

 

MCGILL CAREER PLACEMENT SERVICES (CAPS) EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS DATABASE

For more information, please click here.

 

MCGILL FINANCIAL AID

The Scholarships & Student Aid Office administers an In-Course Financial Aid program that provides a modest amount of loans and bursaries for current graduate students in need of supplemental financial assistance.  For more information on this program, please click here.

 

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PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

  Forms Guidelines
Supervisor Confirmation                                         

Supervisor Confirmation Form

 

 

NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS

  Forms Guidelines
Cell Biology Graduate Program Letter of Understanding

 

Letter of Understanding

Upon admission, complete the form with your supervisor and submit a signed copy to the GPC.
Initial Objective Meeting 

Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report

First Objectives Guidelines

 

CURRENT STUDENTS

  Forms Guidelines
Advisory Committee Meeting Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report Advisory Committee Meeting Guidelines

 

 

Seminar in Cell Biology Series (ANAT 695/696/697)

 

Seminar Attendance Form

Write a 5-10 sentence summary of the seminar and have it signed by a professor who was present and can attest to your attendance.

 

MSc Thesis Prep Seminar

 

Evaluation Form

 

MSc Thesis Seminar

 

 

MSc-PhD Transfer Seminar

 

Evaluation Form

 

Transfer Seminar 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination

 

Evaluation Form

 

Comprehensive Exam

Timeline
 

 

 

PhD Thesis Prep Seminar

 

Evaluation Form

 

PhD Thesis Seminar

 

 

GREAT AWARD

 

Application Form

Applications must be submitted as 1 PDF document by the deadline.

 

 

 

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR

DENOMY, Joelle studentaffairs.acb [at] mcgill.ca

514.398.6357

3640 University St.

Room M29

 

GRADUATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE


AUTEXIER, Dr. Chantal
(Graduate Program Director)
chantal.autexier [at] mcgill.ca

BERNARD, Daniel

daniel.bernard [at] mcgill.ca

BUI, Dr. Huy

huy.bui [at] mcgill.ca

CATANIA, Vittoria
(Student Affairs Officer)
vittoria.catania [at] mcgill.ca

DAVIS, Dr. Elaine

elaine.davis [at] mcgill.ca
DENOMY-HASILO, Joelle
(Graduate Program Coordinator)
joelle.denomy [at] mcgill.ca

LAMARCHE-VANE, Dr. Nathalie

nathalie.lamarche [at] mcgill.ca

MANDATO, Dr. Craig
craig.mandato [at] mcgill.ca
ORTEGA, Joaquin

joaquin.ortega [at] mcgill.ca

REINHARDT, Dr. Dieter

dieter.reinhardt [at] mcgill.ca
ROCHELEAU, Christian christian.rocheleau [at] mcgill.ca

ROUILLER, Dr. Isabelle (Sabbatical as of Sept 2017)
 
isabelle.rouiller [at] mcgill.ca

 

RESOURCES

 

SKILLSETS provides interdisciplinary professional development offerings to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. There are over 250 free professional skills events and workshops throughout the year.