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Currently Recruiting

The IPN office was notified that the following P.I.s may be recruiting IPN graduate students for Fall 2023. While the following list is created to help you, it is not comprehensive and you should also browse through our P.I. database to contact any P.I.s whose research interests you. 

If you are an IPN P.I. and are actively recruiting potential IPN students for Fall 2023, please e-mail projects.ipn [at]

Dr. Alyson Fournier. alyson.fournier [at]

Research in molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying axon degeneration and regeneration
Dr. Danilo Bzdok. danilo.bzdok [at] Looking for PhD students with skills and interest in programing, quantitative pattern-learning analysis, and brain imaging.
Dr. Boris Bernhardt. boris.bernhardt [at] Looking for PhD students with skills and interest in programing, network analysis, and neuroimaging.
Dr. Reza Sharif Naeini. reza.sharif [at] We are looking for motivated trainees to undertake an ambitious project examining the molecular bases of mechanosensing (touch, pain). The project will involve electrophysiological recordings from human neurons, calcium imaging, and behavioural assays of somatosensation.
Dr. Artur Kania artur.kania [at] Not accepting International M.Sc. Students.
Dr. Stephen Lomber stephen.lomber [at]  
Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang wei-hsiang.huang [at] Looking for M.Sc. or Ph.D. students interested in projects related to mouse model or human iPSC model of neurodevelopmental disorders (autism/epilepsy).
Dr. Jonathan Britt jonathan.britt [at]  
Dr. Alanna Watt alanna.watt [at]  
Dr. Jeremy Van Raamsdonk jeremy.vanraamsdonk [at]  
Dr. Tomoko Ohyama tomoko.ohyama [at] Our lab is studying the neural circuit underlying the action selection using simple nerve system. We are looking for motivated new students.
Dr. Cecilia Flores cecilia.flores [at] Experience in Molecular biology is an incentive.
Dr. Nicolas Cermakian nicolas.cermakian [at] PDF icon More Info
Dr. Stuart Trenholm stuart.trenholm [at] Programming skills an asset.
Dr. Nancy Braverman nancy.braverman [at]

Recruiting a graduate student to assist in retinal gene therapy project, CNS therapy and clinical natural history study for peroxisome disorders.

Dr. Pia Wintermark pia.wintermark [at] www.neobrainlab.rog Recruiting motivated PhD and MSc students for research projects related to basic research in neonatal neuroscience and high-resolution neonatal brain imaging research.
Dr. Donald Van Meyel donald.vanmeyel [at] Motivated PhD students with experience and interest in developmental biology and molecular neuroscience are encouraged to apply.
Dr. David Stellwagen david.stellwagen [at]

Recruiting at all levels.

Dr. Masha Prager-Khoutorsky masha.prager-khoutorsky [at]

Dr. Suresh Krishna suresh.krishna [at]  
Dr. Rachel Rabin rachel.rabin [at] The Addiction Imaging and Mental Health (AIMH) lab is currently recruiting motivated MSc and PhD students to study the effects of cannabis use on cognition and the brain
Dr. Arkady Khoutorsky arkady.khoutorsky [at]

To study molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying chronic pain in animal models.

Dr. Justine Cléry justine.clery@mcgillca
Looking for a PhD student with skills and interest in neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral analysis to study sensory processing in nonhuman primates.

When should I start searching for an IPN supervisor? 

If you are an undergraduate student considering graduate school, you should start thinking about securing a thesis supervisor as early as the start of your penultimate semester. It can take a considerate amount of time to decide on where you want to go to study, which university you want to study in, and who you want to train with. Hence, the earlier you start searching, the better. Furthermore, there are various studentship awards you can apply for in the last year of your undergraduate studies. Many of these awards have early deadlines, hence make sure to talk to your program's Administration Staff to learn more. 

If you are a graduate student considering graduate studies in IPN, you are in a slightly different position. For instance, if you are an M.Sc. candidate wishing to pursue a Ph.D. degree in IPN, you should start looking for a supervisor as soon as you can after you decide to finish your M.Sc. in your current location (even if you don't have permission to write your thesis just yet, you can still start looking). This will be important for funding deadlines as well. We advise you to inform your current supervisor that you are considering pursuing your Ph.D. in a different program, under the direction of a different supervisor, because your current supervisor may be contacted by your prospective ones to obtain a reference report. 

Having said all of this, we encourage you to apply to the IPN by submitting your online application form and supporting documents by the appropriate application deadline, even if you have not confirmed a supervisor as of yet. After having applied, you can then continue your search for a supervisor. Note that you must inform our admissions office as to who your supervisor will be by the second application deadline.

How do I secure an IPN supervisor? 

  1. Search through our comprehensive database of IPN supervisors
  2. Once you've gathered a list of supervisors you would like to work with, start contacting them. 
  3. When contacting your preferred supervisors, you are highly encouraged to follow our advice listed down below: 
    • Your e-mails should be concise and well-written;
      • Indicate the reason(s) for wanting to join their lab;
      • Demonstrate, through your text, that you have a good understanding of their research (hence, read a few of their publications);
      • Explain why you believe joining their lab will help propel you towards your research goals;
      • Mention that you are interested in applying for awards.
    • Attach your Curriculum Vitae, which should not only include your academic achievements, but should also list your extra-curricular activities that demonstrate qualities of determination, creativity, and perseverance.
  4. Once you've reached out to your preferred supervisors, you must now wait for a response. Do not feel discouraged if you do not receive any replies.
  5. Once you have confirmed a supervisor for your IPN studies, inform our admissions office at ipn.admissions [at]


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