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Application for graduate studies

The Centre for the Study of Host Resistance functions outside of University departments and so does not itself grant graduate degrees. Graduate students in the Centre must fulfill the admission and degree requirements of the particular department in which their supervisor holds an academic appointment, such as the Department of Biochemistry, the Division of Experimental Medicine (PhD only), the Department of Human Genetics, the Department of Physiology, or the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

If you want to study within the Centre, you are encouraged to contact a prospective supervisor directly as a first step. Alternatively, you can apply first to the McGill department of your choice and then select a Host Resistance supervisor who is appointed within that department.


There are numerous opportunities for salary support during your graduate studies. The links provided below contain information for Canadian as well as foreign students:

Individual departments offer funding for graduate studies. Inquire within your home department: Faculty of Medicine: Departments, Schools & Centres. Also see the website of the Faculty of Medicine Research Office, which includes information on federally and provincially funded graduate programs. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO) has extensive information as well.

International students should also see International Student Services.

Web searches for funding opportunities:

Host Resistance courses at McGill

There are five McGill courses established and taught by faculty from the Centre for the Study of Host Resistance. These courses are intended for upper level undergraduate students and graduate students. Links to the course descriptions may be found within the individual departments.

Division of Experimental Medicine
516-602B: Advanced Techniques in Molecular Genetics
(Coordinators: Dr Danielle Malo and Dr Danuta Radzioch)

Department of Physiology
552-531B: Topics in Applied Immunology: Host Resistance to Infection
(Coordinator: Dr Mary Stevenson)

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
528-509B: Cellular and Molecular Features of the Inflammatory Process
(Coordinator: Dr Marianna Newkirk)

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
528-465A: Bacterial Pathogenesis and Host Defences

Department of Human Genetics
528-HGEN-691: Host Responses to Pathogens
(Coordinator: Dr Erwin Schurr)

Other activities for Centre students

An important part of the Centre's teaching program is the Centre for the Study of Host Resistance Seminar Series, which often features speakers from the US and abroad. If you would like to be informed of the seminar schedule by email, you may contact naima [dot] abbadi [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Naima Abbadi)

We have bi-monthly research meetings of graduate/postdoctoral students where research presentations are made in a relaxed atmosphere.