ANAT 541 - Cell and Molecular Biology of Aging (3 credits) (Winter)

Complex aging process, including theories and mechanisms of aging, animal model systems used to study aging and age-dependent diseases. For example; Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and cancer, and age-related diseases, for example, Werner's syndrome and dyskeratosis congenita.

ANAT 542 - Transmission Electron Microscopy (3 credits) (Winter)

Comprehensive study of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Theory, principles and practical applications of imaging, analysis, and advanced sample preparation relevant to biological and non-biological materials.

ANAT 565 - Diseases-Membrane Trafficking (3 credits) (Winter)

This course will examine how research into diseases has played a key role in unraveling the intricate molecular mechanisms controlling membrane trafficking in mammalian cells. Membrane trafficking disorders fall into two groups: a) membrane-associated or b) cytoskeletal defect. Topics include: a) mechanisms of endosomal maturation, lysosomal storage disorders and rab protein-mediated vesicular trafficking, and b) rho GTPase and cytoskeletal binding protein mediated trafficking associated with neurological diseases and cancer

ANAT 663D Histology (6 credits) (currently not offered)

The study of the cytology and structure of tissues and organs.

ANAT 690D - Cell and Developmental Biology (6 credits)

Current developments in molecular cell biology and developmental biology will be presented by course coordinators from primary papers in the scientific literature. These will be discussed and critiqued by students through weekly oral presentations.

ANAT 698D - M.Sc. Thesis Research 1 (24 credits)

Independent research work under the direction of a Supervisor.

ANAT 601 - MSc Seminar Examination (3 credits)

The term before the student graduates, the student is to present a 30-minute seminar on his/her thesis work in a public seminar open to all members of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, followed by a question period lasting 15 to 20 minutes. All faculty, cross-appointed academic staff, post-docs, and students are expected to attend the seminar.

ANAT 701- Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination (no credits assigned)

The Comprehensive Examination is composed of a written exam (with two sections: a written thesis proposal and a critique of a primary research article) and an oral exam (with three sections: a presentation of the student’s doctoral research project and thesis proposal, a discussion of the primary research article chosen by the student with elaboration of the proposed research project, and general knowledge questions).

ANAT 695, 696, and 697 - Seminars in Cell Biology 1, 2, and 3 (3 credits each)

The Seminar in Cell Biology courses must be taken in consecutive terms.

Gaining general knowledge is key in the training of graduate students. These courses will not only provide the tools to do so, but they will also help teach students how to better develop their communication skills (i.e. how to present a good seminar, how to network in order to develop collaborative relationships, etc.). In addition, these courses will allow students to develop their writing skills by summarizing the topic of the seminar and the most pertinent information.

On a weekly basis, experts in the field of biomedical science, from within and outside of McGill, will offer a seminar examining their recent research experience. Students must attend 12 seminars per term, but are not restricted to attending seminars that are offered by the Anatomy & Cell Biology Seminar Series. We encourage students to attend seminars that are offered outside of the department, but which are related to biomedical sciences. Conferences (such as ASCB, Biophysics, Gordon Conference, etc.) are also acceptable, but will only count as one seminar. Seminars offered by other departments are often advertised on McGill Channels.

Method of student assessment:

  • Students must attend 12 seminars per term.
  • After each seminar, students must complete the Seminar Attendance Form, for which they are expected to write a 5-10 sentence summary and have it signed by a professor who was present and can attest to their attendance. At the end of each term, students submit all 12 attendance forms to the GPC. Attendance forms can be found on the Forms tab of this webpage.
  • A grade of Pass or Fail will be assigned based on attendance.