Cell Biology Graduate Program
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, there 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 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 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 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 harbors the proteomics center with 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. Training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is a priority of the department.
The Graduate program in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy offers 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, and molecular and cellular biology. In these laboratories, the students will find the opportunity to be well trained in a stimulating environment favouring collaborations with colleagues in other laboratories.
The primary goal of the department is to offer a world-class training program in molecular, cellular and high throughput technologies encompassing systems biology. Internationally competitive stipends are offered to assure the recruitment of highly qualified and motivated students. As well, international, national, provincial and internal studentship opportunities are available. The quality of training and the highly competitive research available within this department provide an invaluable environment to pursue graduate and post-graduate studies.