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Physiology

Physiology

Location

Location

  • Department of Physiology
  • McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
  • 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
  • Montreal, QC H3G 1Y6
  • Canada

About Physiology

About Physiology

The Physiology Department offers training leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The scope of the ongoing research, and close connections with the McGill teaching hospitals, offer excellent opportunities for collaborations with hospital-based scientists. Research in the Department covers a broad range of topics from systems neuroscience to molecular and cellular biology. Interests include studies of nuclear and membrane receptors, transporters, channels, and signal transduction pathways, to the broader integration of physiological systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, immune, and central nervous systems) using an array of molecular and cellular approaches as well as quantitative techniques in data collection, analysis, and mathematical modelling by computational means. All graduate students in Physiology receive financial support. Any faculty member who agrees to supervise a student who does not hold a fellowship is obliged to provide financial support.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Physiology (Thesis) (49 credits)
The M.Sc. program is intended for students from an academic background wishing to pursue careers in academia, industry, or in medicine. The multidisciplinary nature of the Department exposes students to a vast array of research interests and experimental approaches. Thesis work is available in a broad range of disciplines from molecular and cellular to systems physiology covering multiple organ systems. Students wishing to continue to the doctoral program have the option of transferring to the Ph.D., and waiving the M.Sc. thesis submission.
Master of Science (M.Sc.); Physiology (Thesis) — Bioinformatics (49 credits)
The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train M.Sc. students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating of bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics. Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field. The option consists of a number of interdisciplinary courses and a seminar designed to bring students from many backgrounds together and to provide a thorough overview of research in this field.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Physiology
The doctoral program is intended for students from a strong academic background wishing to pursue research-intensive careers in academia, industry, or in medicine. The multidisciplinary nature of the Department exposes students to a vast array of research interests and experimental approaches. Thesis work provides in-depth training in a broad range of disciplines from molecular and cellular to systems physiology covering multiple organ systems.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Physiology — Bioinformatics
The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train Ph.D. students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating of bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics. Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option will be fluent in concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field. The option consists of a number of interdisciplinary courses and a seminar designed to bring students from many backgrounds together and to provide a thorough overview of research in this field.

Physiology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Physiology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program is based on an evaluation by the Graduate Student Admissions and Advisory Committee (GSAAC), and on being accepted by a research supervisor. Final acceptance is contingent upon approval of the recommendation of the applicant by Enrolment Services, from whom official notification will be received.

Candidates for the M.Sc. degree must hold a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent. Candidates who have completed an M.Sc. may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. M.Sc. students interested in a Ph.D. may transfer to the Ph.D. program after 12–18 months, following successful completion of the comprehensive exam. The M.Sc. thesis requirement is then waived. Candidates with exceptional academic records may be considered to proceed directly to the Ph.D. degree from the B.Sc. degree.

The GRE General Test is required for anyone who does not have a degree from a North American university.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 600 on paper-based test (or 100 on the Internet-based test with each component score not less than 20). Only those whose mother tongue is English, who graduated from a North American institution (anglophone or francophone) or who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction are exempt from providing proof of competency in English.

A minimum CGPA of 3.2 or a GPA of 3.4 in the last two years is required for an application to be considered.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Applications should be submitted as early as possible in order to facilitate processing. However, no applications will be considered after the application deadlines.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE – for applicants whose undergraduate degree is not from a North American university

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: June 1 Fall: March 15 Fall: Same as Canadian/International
Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Interested candidates should refer to the Department's website at www.medicine.mcgill.ca/physio for details regarding application procedures, as well as other important information.

Physiology Faculty

Physiology Faculty

Chair
John Orlowski
Graduate Program Director
John White
Emeritus Professors
Thomas M.S. Chang; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C)
Kresmir Krnjevic; O.C., B.Sc., Ph.D., M.B., Ch.B.(Edin.), F.R.S.C.
Wayne S. Lapp; M.S.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Mortimer Levy; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C) (joint appt with Medicine)
George Mandl; B.Sc.(C'dia); Ph.D.(McG.)
Geoffrey Melvill Jones; B.A., M.A., M.B., B.Ch., M.D.(Cant.)
Joseph Milic-Emili; M.D.(Milan) (joint appt with Medicine)
C. Polosa
Douglas G.D. Watt; M.D., Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
Monroe W. Cohen; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Ellis J. Cooper; B.Eng.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc.(Surr.), Ph.D.(McM.)
Kathleen Cullen; B.Sc.(Brown), Ph.D.(Chic.) (William Dawson Scholar)
Leon Glass; B.S.(Brooklyn), Ph.D.(Chic.) (Rosenfield Professor of Medicine)
Phil Gold; M.Sc., Ph.D., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C.) (Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine)
David Goltzman; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C) (Antoine G. Massabki Professor of Medicine) (joint appt. with Medicine)
John Hanrahan; Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Gergely Lukacs; M.D., Ph.D.(Budapest)
Michael Mackey; B.A., Ph.D.(Wash.) (Drake Professor of Medicine)
Sheldon Magder; M.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with Medicine)
Jacapo P. Mortola; M.D.(Milan)
John Orlowski; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) (James McGill Professor)
Premsyl Ponka; M.D., Ph.D.(Prague)
Alvin Shrier; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Dal.) (Hosmer Professor of Physiology)
John White; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Car.), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Associate Professors
Maurice Chacron; Ph.D.(Ott.)
Erik Cook; Ph.D.(Baylor Coll., Tx)
Riaz Farookhi; B.Sc., M.Sc.(MIT), Ph.D.(Tufts)
Mladen Glavinovic; B.Sc.(Zagreb), M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Michael Guevara; Ph.D.(McG.)
Pejmun Haghighi; Ph.D.(McG.)
Sheldon Magder; M.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with Medicine)
Julio Martinez-Trujillo; Ph.D.(Tubingen)
Ursula Stochaj; Ph.D.(Cologne)
Teresa Trippenbach; M.D., Ph.D.(Warsaw)
Ann Wechsler; B.A.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Associate Professor – Part-Time
Nicole Bernard; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Duke)
Assistant Professors
Claire Brown; B.Sc.(St. Mary's), Ph.D.(W. Ont.)
Anmar Khadra; B.Sc.(C'dia), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Russell Jones; Ph.D.(Tor.)
Anastasiya Nyzhmyk; M.Biochem., Ph.D.(Oxf.)
Reza Sharif-Naeini; B.Sc.(Montr.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Associate Members
Anaesthesia: Steven Backman, Fernando Cervero
Biochemistry: Imed Gallouzi
Biomedical Engineering: Robert Kearney, Satya Prakash
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Sam Musallam
Kinesiology and Physical Education: Dilson Rassier
Medicine: Volker Blank, Mark Blostein, Andrey Cybulsky, Raymonde Gagnon, Geoffrey Hendy, Louise Larose, Anne-Marie Lauzon, James Martin, Mariana Newkirk, Barry Posner, Shafaat Rabbani, Mary Stevenson, Elena Torban, Simon Wing, Hans Zingg
Nephrology: Serge Lemay, Tomoko Takano
Neurology: David Ragsdale
Neurology and Neurosurgery: Jack Antel, Massimo Avoli, Charles Bourque, Sal Carbonetto, Daniel Guitton, Christopher Pack, Ed Ruthazer, Amir Shmuel, Melissa Vollrath
Opthamology: Curtis Baker
Otolaryngology: Bernard Segal
Pediatrics: Charles Rohlicek
Pharmacology: Terence Hebert
Psychiatry: Nicolas Cermakian, Bernardo Dubrovsky

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Physiology (Thesis) (45 credits)

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.); Physiology (Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Physiology (Thesis) — Bioinformatics (45 credits)

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.); Physiology (Thesis) — Bioinformatics (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Physiology

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Physiology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Physiology — Bioinformatics

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Physiology — Bioinformatics .

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