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Cell Biology (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cell Biology offered by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes challenging and forward-thinking learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in literature synthesis, research design, and scientific communication to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

Keywords: cell biology, structural biology, quantitative biology, cell matrix biology/extracellular matrix, cryo-electron microscopy, membrane trafficking, multiscale 3D image, molecular genetics, cytoskeleton.

Unique Program Features

  • Students are trained in how to address biological problems with an integrative understanding of cell biology by conducting hypothesis-driven projects;
  • The Department has one of the largest and best-equipped electron microscope facilities in the world which houses four modern electron microscopes including a Tecnai F20 and a Titan Krios;
  • The program has a Harmonized Funding Policy to ensure that every graduate student in the Faculty will be paid adequately (e.g., guaranteed minimum funding package);
  • Graduates pursue careers in academic settings as well as in industry.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

PhD in Cell Biology website

Department Contact

Graduate Program studentaffairs.acb [at] (subject: PhD%20in%20Cell%20Biology) (email)

Available Intakes



Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 June 21
WINTER February 15 August 1 November 10

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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