Cell Biology Graduate Program


Congratulations to the following studentship recipients:

Jian Qin (Chantal Autexier’s Lab) , 2019-2020 Faculty of Medicine Internal Studentship

Siobhan Schenk (Susanne Bechstedt's lab), CIHR CGS-M award

Muthu Lakshmi Muthu (Dieter Reinhardt's lab), FRQS Doctoral award

Yamashita Akihiro (Heidi McBride's lab), FRQS Doctoral award

Hannah Zhang (Jennifer Estall’s lab), CIHR CGS-M award

Deanna MacNeil (Chantal Autexier's lab), CIHR Travel Award and Honourable Mention for her poster presentation at the 2019 Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) held June 11 to 14, 2019 in Winnipeg


A close up of cells







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.