Supervisor's Name: Simon Gravel
Supervisor's Email: simon.gravel [at] mcGill.ca
Supervisor's Phone: 5144342326
Supervisor's Website: http://simongravel.lab.mcgill.ca/
Supervisor's department: Human Genetics
Course number: HGEN 396 (Human Genetics)
Term: Fall 2015-2016
Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015
Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015
Project title: Cellular and genetic modeling of tumor growth
Project description (50-100 words suggested): There is increasing data available about the fine-scale structure of tumors and metastases, but we lack an understanding of the interplay between the evolutionary genetics of tumors and their biophysical properties. This project goal is to develop a toy model of tumor evolution that encompasses both physical and genetic information, which will then be used to guide our intuition about the drivers of tumor growth and metastasis.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on an evaluation of laboratory (or equivalent) performance (40%), a final written report (50%), and an oral presentation (10%) by the supervisor. Details of the evaluation scheme will be provided by HGEN to supervisors and applicants
Other project information: The project will build upon an existing model developed by student Z.A. The student must have a strong background in mathematics, statistics, or programming.
Project status: This project is open to applicant.
How students can apply / Next steps: For HGEN: After all of the parts of this application forms are completed and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring the application form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Department of Human Genetics (to the attention of Dr. Patricia N. Tonin, Stewart Biology Building N5.13) during office hours.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.