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Anatomy and Cell Biology

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Location

Location

  • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building
  • 3640 University Street, Room 1/59
  • Montreal QC H3A 0C7
  • Canada

About Anatomy and Cell Biology

About Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Department offers graduate programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Research in the Department investigates the dynamics and organization of molecules, organelles, cells, and tissues in several major systems of the body. The work makes fundamental contributions to a number of established and emerging multidisciplinary fields such as: cell and molecular biology; cellular immunology and hematology; reproductive biology; calcified tissue biology; tumour cell biology; developmental biology; neurobiology; and aging.

The Department offers contemporary facilities for the wide range of techniques currently employed in research. Modern methods of cell and molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry are used in conjunction with specialized microscopy in a variety of experimental systems.

The Department has one of the largest and best-equipped electron microscope facilities in the world. Currently in use are four modern electron microscopes which include a Tecnai F20 and a Titan Krios. Combined with some of these microscopes are computer-aided analytical equipment capable of elemental microanalysis, histomorphometry, reconstruction, and quantitation. The high-voltage microscope is particularly useful for certain analytical electron optical procedures such as electron diffraction, lattice imaging, and three-dimensional electron microscopy.

Funding

M.Sc. and Ph.D. students receive a minimum yearly stipend of $18,000 and $20,000 respectively. All students are financially supported either by their supervisor or through fellowships or scholarships. Prospective students are urged to make every effort to secure their own funding. Applications may be made for a variety of fellowships administered by the University or by various federal, provincial, or private agencies. For more information on fellowships and awards, see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website at www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students-postdocs.

Departmental Seminars

Nationally and internationally recognized scientists present their research findings to the Department at a regular seminar series throughout the academic year (see www.mcgill.ca/anatomy/seminar-series). On a regular basis, graduate students also present their own research progress and results to other students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in the Department through the Research in Progress Seminar Series.

The Human Systems Biology Stream is offered as a complementary stream to the existing M.Sc. program entailing a multidisciplinary approach to achieving an M.Sc. in Cell Biology and Anatomy. The primary objective of this stream is to offer graduate students academic training in Human Systems Biology. This is an exciting and new multidisciplinary field that aims to understand molecular human diseases at the systems level.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Cell Biology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Graduate research activities leading to the presentation of the M.Sc. Thesis involve original experimental work in one of the areas being actively investigated by the Department's research supervisors. Our graduate program offers training in a personal, unique, and multidisciplinary environment in the top Canadian university with worldwide recognition. The thesis-based Master's training is intended for students with a B.Sc. or B.A. degree in life sciences from a university of recognized reputation. Candidates with an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree are also welcome. The students are trained in how to address biological problems with an integrative understanding of cell biology by conducting hypothesis-driven projects. The training provides all the tools required for a competitive career in academic settings as well as in industry or other fields.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Cell Biology
Graduate research activities leading to the presentation of the Ph.D. thesis involve original experimental work in one of the areas being actively investigated by the Department's research supervisors. Our graduate program offers training in a personal, unique, and multidisciplinary environment in the top Canadian university with worldwide recognition. The thesis-based Ph.D. training is intended for students with a B.Sc., B.A., or M.Sc. degree in life sciences from a university of recognized reputation. Candidates with an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree are also welcome. The students are trained in how to address biological problems with an integrative understanding of cell biology by conducting hypothesis-driven projects. The training provides all the tools required for a competitive career, in academic settings as well as in industry or other fields.

Anatomy and Cell Biology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Anatomy and Cell Biology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the candidate’s academic record and letters of recommendation. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 is required. Once a student has submitted all the required documents, the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Files that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered. Applicants must also be accepted by a research supervisor who is a faculty member or an associate member of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (Adjunct members may serve only as co-supervisors while the primary supervisor must be a full or associate member of the Department). Recommendation for admission will be made once the applicant has secured a supervisor and adequate financial support. Financial support should be in the form of a stipend from the supervisor's research grant or a fellowship held by the student.

Master’s Program (Cell Biology)

1) A B.Sc. degree in life sciences or any of M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees from a university of recognized reputation

2) Evidence of a high academic achievement with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 as indicated in the general guidelines set up by GPS at McGill

Ph.D. Program (Cell Biology)

1) An M.Sc. degree in life sciences or any of M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees from a university of recognized reputation

2) Evidence of a high academic achievement with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 as indicated in the general guidelines set up by GPS at McGill

International Applicants

Graduate studies applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit the following:

TOEFL: Minimum score of 567, or 86 on an Internet-based test with each component score of not less than 20.

or

IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5.

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.

All applicants are advised to contact potential research supervisors before the application process since supervisor acceptance is required. Information about the research interests of faculty members can be found at: www.mcgill.ca/anatomy/deparmental-directory.

Program guidelines are detailed at www.mcgill.ca/anatomy/graduate-studies/graduate-programs.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Agreement of a faculty member to act as Thesis Supervisor and to provide adequate financial support

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

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

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Anatomy and Cell Biology Faculty

Anatomy and Cell Biology Faculty

Chair
Craig Mandato
Emeritus Professors
Gary C. Bennett; B.A., B.Sc.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
James R. Brawer; B.Sc.(Tufts), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Yves Clermont; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.C.S.
Dennis G. Osmond; C.M., B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., D.Sc.(Brist.), M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., F.R.S.C.
Hershey Warshawsky; B.Sc.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
Chantal Autexier; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(McG.)
Philip Barker; B.Sc.(S. Fraser), Ph.D.(Alta.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Samuel David; Ph.D.(Manit.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Louis Hermo; B.A.(Loyola), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Timothy Kennedy; B.Sc.(McM.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Nathalie Lamarche-Vane; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
Marc D. McKee; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Dentistry)
Peter McPherson; B.Sc.(Manit.), Ph.D.(Iowa) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Sandra C. Miller; B.Sc.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Carlos R. Morales; D.V.M.(U.N., Argentina), Ph.D.(McG.)
Barry I. Posner; M.D.(Manit.), F.R.C.P.(C) (joint appt. with Medicine)
Dieter Reinhardt; M.S.(Kaiserslautern), Ph.D.(Munich) (joint appt. with Dentistry)
Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva; M.D., Ph.D.(Oporto) (joint appt. with Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Charles E. Smith; D.D.S., Ph.D.(McG.)
Wayne Sossin; S.B.(MIT), Ph.D.(Stan.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Stefano Stifani; Ph.D.(Rome), Ph.D.(Alta.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Dominique Walker; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Geneva) (joint appt. with Psychiatry)
Associate Professors
Orest W. Blaschuk; B.Sc.(Winn.), M.Sc.(Manit.), Ph.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with Surgery)
Eugene Daniels; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Manit.)
Elaine Davis; B.Sc., M.Sc.(W. Ont.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Craig Mandato; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Wat.)
John F. Presley; B.A., Ph.D.(Texas)
Hojatollah Vali; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Munich) (joint appt. with Earth and Planetary Sciences)
Assistant Professors
Justin Kollman; Ph.D.(Calif.)
Isabelle Rouiller; Ph.D.(Hertfordshire)
Associate Members
John J.M. Bergeron; B.Sc.(McG.), D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Albert Berghuis (Biochemistry)
Daniel Bernard (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Colin Chalk (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Jean-François Cloutier (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Claudio Cuello (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Giovanni DiBattista (Medicine)
Allen Ehrlicher (Bioengineering)
Alyson Fournier (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Lisbet Haglund (Surgery)
Janet Henderson (Medicine)
Svetlana Komarova (Dentistry)
Stephane Laporte (Medicine)
Andréa Leblanc (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Loydie A. Jerome-Majewska (Pediatrics and Human Genetics)
Peter Metrakos (Surgery)
Tommy Nilsson (Medicine)
Christian Rocheleau (Medicine)
Edward S. Ruthazer (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Peter Siegel (Medicine and Biochemistry)
Thomas Stroh (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Jacalyn Vogel (Biology)
Adjunct Professors
Christopher Brett; Ph.D.(Johns Hop.)
Michel Cayouette; Ph.D.(Laval)
Frédéric Charron; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Jean-François Côté; Ph.D.(McG.)
Miroslaw Cygler; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Lodz, Poland)
Daniel Cyr; B.Sc., M.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Manit.)
Jacques Drouin; B.Sc., D.Sc.(Laval)
Jennifer Estall; Ph.D.(Tor.)
David Hipfner; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.)
Artur Kania; Ph.D.(Baylor)
Stephane Lefrancois; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
André Nantel; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Laval), Ph.D.(Chapel Hill)
Alexei Pshezhetsky; Ph.D.(Moscow St.)
Joseph Schrag; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Ill.)
Faculty Lecturer
Ayman Behiery; M.B., Ch.B.(Cairo)

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

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Cell Biology

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

Faculty of Medicine—2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 30, 2014) (disclaimer)