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Anatomy and Cell Biology

Anatomy and Cell Biology

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  • Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building
  • 3640 University Street, Rooms M21-M31
  • Montreal QC H3A 0C7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-6350
  • Fax: 514-398-5047
  • Website: mcgill.ca/anatomy

About Anatomy and Cell Biology

About Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Department offers graduate programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Research in the Department investigates the dynamics and organization of molecules, organelles, cells, and tissues in several major systems of the body. The work makes fundamental contributions to a number of established and emerging multidisciplinary fields such as:

  • cell and molecular biology;
  • cellular immunology and hematology;
  • reproductive biology;
  • calcified tissue biology;
  • tumour cell biology;
  • developmental biology;
  • neurobiology;
  • aging.

The Department offers contemporary facilities for the wide range of techniques currently employed in research. Modern methods of cell and molecular biology, immunology, and biochemistry are used in conjunction with specialized microscopy in a variety of experimental systems.

The Department has one of the largest and best-equipped electron microscope facilities in the world. Currently in use are four modern electron microscopes which include a Tecnai F20 and a Titan Krios. Combined with some of these microscopes are computer-aided analytical equipment capable of elemental microanalysis, histomorphometry, reconstruction, and quantitation. The high-voltage microscope is particularly useful for certain analytical electron optical procedures such as electron diffraction, lattice imaging, and three-dimensional electron microscopy.

Funding

The minimum yearly stipend for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents is $20,000 for MSc students, and $22,000 for PhD students. MSc and PhD International students will receive a minimum yearly stipend of $24,000 to compensate for tuition fees higher than Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Quebec-resident students. The minimum stipend for International students is guaranteed for the duration of the residency period in which students pay their highest fees."

All students are financially supported either by their supervisor or through fellowships or scholarships. Prospective students are urged to make every effort to secure their own funding. Applications may be made for a variety of fellowships administered by the University or by various federal, provincial, or private agencies. For more information on fellowships and awards, see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Departmental Seminars

Nationally and internationally recognized scientists present their research findings to the Department at a regular seminar series throughout the academic year. On a regular basis, graduate students also present their own research progress and results to other students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in the Department through the Research in Progress Seminar Series.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Cell Biology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Graduate research activities leading to the presentation of the M.Sc. Thesis involve original experimental work in one of the areas being actively investigated by the Department's research supervisors. Our graduate program offers training in a personal, unique, and multidisciplinary environment in a top Canadian university with worldwide recognition. The thesis-based Master's training is intended for students with a B.Sc. or B.A. degree in life sciences from a university of recognized reputation. Candidates with an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree are also welcome. Students are trained in how to address biological problems with an integrative understanding of cell biology by conducting hypothesis-driven projects. The training provides all the tools required for successful careers in academic settings as well as in industry or other fields.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Cell Biology

Graduate research activities leading to the presentation of the Ph.D. thesis involve original experimental work in one of the areas being actively investigated by the Department's research supervisors. Our graduate program offers training in a personal, unique, and multidisciplinary environment in a top Canadian university with worldwide recognition. The thesis-based Ph.D. training is intended for students with a B.Sc., B.A., or M.Sc. degree in life sciences from a university of recognized reputation. Candidates with an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree are also welcome. Students are trained in how to address biological problems with an integrative understanding of cell biology by conducting hypothesis-driven projects. The training provides all the tools required for successful careers in academic settings as well as in industry or other fields.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 9, 2021) (disclaimer)

Anatomy and Cell Biology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Anatomy and Cell Biology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the candidate’s academic record and letters of recommendation. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 is required. Once a student has submitted all the required documents, the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Files that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered. Applicants must also be accepted by a research supervisor who is a faculty member or an associate member of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology (Adjunct members may serve only as co-supervisors while the primary supervisor must be a full or associate member of the Department). Recommendation for admission will be made once the applicant has secured a supervisor and adequate financial support. Financial support should be in the form of a stipend from the supervisor's research grant or a fellowship held by the student.

Master’s Program (Cell Biology)

  1. A B.Sc. degree in life sciences or any of M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees from a university of recognized reputation
  2. Evidence of a high academic achievement with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 as indicated in the general guidelines set up by GPS

Ph.D. Program (Cell Biology)

  1. An M.Sc. degree in life sciences or any of M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees from a university of recognized reputation
  2. Evidence of a high academic achievement with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 as indicated in the general guidelines set up by GPS

International Applicants

Graduate studies applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit the following:

TOEFL: Minimum score of 86 on the Internet-based test (iBT) with each component score 20 or higher.

or

IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures. Further details from the department can be found under the "Applying" tab at mcgill.ca/anatomy/graduate.

All applicants are advised to contact potential research supervisors before the application process since supervisor acceptance is required. Information about the research interests of faculty members can be found in our Departmental Directory.

Program guidelines are listed under the "Master's" and "Doctorate" tabs at mcgill.ca/anatomy/graduate.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Agreement of a faculty member to act as Thesis Supervisor and to provide adequate financial support

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 April 21 June 21 June 21
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 1 Nov. 10 Nov. 10
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 9, 2021) (disclaimer)

Anatomy and Cell Biology Faculty

Anatomy and Cell Biology Faculty

Chair
Craig Mandato
Emeritus Professors
Gary C. Bennett; B.A., B.Sc.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
John J.M. Bergeron; B.Sc.(McG.), D.Phil.(Oxf.)
James R. Brawer; B.Sc.(Tufts), Ph.D.(Harv.)
Louis Hermo; B.A.(Loyola), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Sandra C. Miller; B.Sc.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Dennis G. Osmond; C.M., B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., D.Sc.(Brist.), M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., F.R.S.C.
Hershey Warshawsky; B.Sc.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
Chantal Autexier; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(McG.)
Samuel David; Ph.D.(Manit.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Elaine Davis; B.Sc., M.Sc.(UWO), Ph.D.(McG.)
Timothy Kennedy; B.Sc.(McM.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Nathalie Lamarche-Vane; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
Marc D. McKee; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Dentistry)
Peter McPherson; B.Sc.(Manit.), Ph.D.(Iowa) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Carlos R. Morales; D.V.M.(UNNE, Argentina), Ph.D.(McG.)
Joaquin Ortega; B.Sc.(Zaragoza), Ph.D.(Autonoma, Madrid)
Barry I. Posner; M.D.(Manit.), F.R.C.P.(C) (joint appt. with Medicine)
Dieter Reinhardt; M.S.(Kaiserslautern), Ph.D.(Munich) (joint appt. with Dentistry)
Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva; M.D., Ph.D.(U.Porto) (joint appt. with Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Wayne Sossin; S.B.(MIT), Ph.D.(Stan.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Stefano Stifani; D.Chem.(Rome), Ph.D.(Alta.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Hojatollah Vali; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Munich)
Dominique Walker; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Geneva) (joint appt. with Psychiatry)
Associate Professors
Orest W. Blaschuk; B.Sc.(Winn.), M.Sc.(Manit.), Ph.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with Surgery)
Craig Mandato; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Geoffroy P. Noël; Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
John F. Presley; B.A., Ph.D.(Texas)
Assistant Professors
Susanne Bechstedt; B.Sc.(Flor. St.), M.Sc.(Friedrich Schiller), Ph.D.(Max Planck)
Khanh Huy Bui; B.Sc.(UNSW), M.Sc.(Chalmers), Ph.D.(ETH Zürich)
Wafa Djerboua; M.Ed (Ottawa), M.D. University of Constantine (Algeria)
Sean McWatt; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Guelph)
Michael Strauss; B.Ed.(Trent), B.Sc.(W. Laur.), M.Sc.(Tor.), D.Phil.(Goethe)
Gabriel Venne; Ph.D.(Qu.)
Nicole Ventura; Ph.D.(Qu.)
Mina Zeroual; M.D.(Hassan II Casablanca)
Natalie Zeytuni; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Ben-Gurion)
Associate Members
Rosetta Antonacci (Ingram School of Nursing)
Daniel Bernard (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Claire Brown (Physiology)
Colin Chalk (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Jean-François Cloutier (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Claudio Cuello (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Giovanni Di Battista (Medicine)
Allen Ehrlicher (Bioengineering)
Alyson Fournier (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Lisbet Haglund (Surgery)
Janet Henderson (Medicine)
Loydie A. Jerome-Majewska (Pediatrics and Human Genetics)
Mari T. Kaartinen (Dentistry)
Svetlana Komarova (Dentistry)
David Labbé (Surgery and Urology)
Stephane Laporte (Medicine)
Andréa Leblanc (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Stéphanie Lehoux (Medicine)
Heidi McBride (Montreal Neurological Institute)
Peter Metrakos (Surgery)
Makato Nagano (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Christian Rocheleau (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
Edward S. Ruthazer (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Peter Siegel (Medicine and Biochemistry)
Charles E. Smith; D.D.S., Ph.D.(McG.)
Thomas Stroh (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Jason Tanny (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)
Adjunct Professors
Gregor Andelfinger; M.D.(Ulm)
Philippe Campeau; M.D.(Laval)
Michel Cayouette; Ph.D.(Laval)
Frédéric Charron; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Jean-François Côté; Ph.D.(McG.)
Daniel Cyr; B.Sc., M.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Manit.)
Jacques Drouin; B.Sc., D.Sc.(Laval)
Jennifer Estall; Ph.D.(Tor.)
Patrick Freud; B.Sc., D.C.(Parker)
Michael Greenwood; B.Sc., M.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(McG.)
David Hipfner; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.)
Artur Kania; Ph.D.(Baylor)
Justin Kollman; Ph.D.(Calif.-San Diego)
Stéphane Lefrançois; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Alexei Pshezhetsky; Ph.D.(Moscow St.)
Isabelle Rouiller; Ph.D.(Hert.)
Michael Sacher; Ph.D.(McG.)
Elitza Tocheva; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Javier Vargas; Ph.D. (UCM, Spain)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Apr. 21, 2021) (disclaimer)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Cell Biology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Cell Biology

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Cell Biology.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

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Location

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
  • 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
  • Montreal QC H3G 1Y6
  • Canada
  • Christine Laberge: Student Affairs Officer/Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Telephone: 514-398-2423
  • Email: christine.laberge [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/biochemistry

About Biochemistry

About Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, which emphasize laboratory research. Our research interests include:

  • molecular and cell biology;
  • the regulation of gene and protein expression;
  • signal transduction;
  • protein structure and function;
  • membrane biology;
  • cell death and differentiation;
  • embryonic development;
  • neurobiology;
  • bioinformatics;
  • cancer.

Specialized graduate training programs in Chemical Biology, Human Systems Biology (Bioinformatics), Cancer Research/Oncology, and Structural Biology are available. Laboratories are located in the new Bellini Life Sciences Building and Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, and the renovated McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, together comprising one of the best-equipped research facilities in Canada. The outstanding quality of our research has been recognized by recent awards including a Gairdner Award, two Killam Prizes, and eight Canada Research Chairs.

Funding

Master's students receive a minimum stipend of $20,000 annually; doctoral students receive $22,000. The Department is committed to helping graduate students secure adequate funding for their research. All students are financially supported either by their supervisor or through fellowships or scholarships. Prospective students are urged to make every effort to secure their own funding. Applications may be made for a variety of fellowships administered by the University or by various federal, provincial, or private agencies. For more information on fellowships and awards, see the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Departmental Seminars

Visiting scientists and senior doctoral students present their research findings to the Department at a regular seminar series throughout the academic year. All graduate students are required to attend the regular seminars and additional special lectures, and are encouraged to attend scientific conferences and symposia.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry (Thesis) (45 credits)

The M.Sc. in Biochemistry introduces students to laboratory-based research at an advanced level. The M.Sc. program offers core courses in advanced biochemistry topics, but focuses on laboratory research. The program provides sophisticated training in the technical as well as theoretical aspects of biochemistry, at one of the leading Biochemistry departments in Canada. The M.Sc. program is an excellent preparation for skilled positions in the biomedical sciences, in industry or the public sector, or for superior research in a Ph.D. program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)

Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyse datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics.

Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option at the M.Sc. level will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field.

The option consists of a number of interdisciplinary courses and a seminar designed to bring students from many backgrounds together and to provide a thorough overview of research in this field.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry (Thesis): Chemical Biology (47 credits)

The Chemical Biology Thematic Group is engaged in a diverse range of research topics, which span structural biology, enzymology, nucleic acid research, signalling pathways, single molecule biophysics, and biophysical chemistry of living tissues. Among the themes that unite the research being performed in this group is the attempt to learn new chemistry and physics from biological systems. We have projects relating to pharmaceutically relevant enzymes such as those involved in drug metabolism and antibiotic resistance; development of therapeutic agents in the control of inflammation, cancer, and viral infections; the chemical biology of NO; quantification of bioenergetic markers of metabolism; self-assembly mechanisms of the HIV-1 virion capsid; liposome microarray systems to address membrane protein dynamics and recognition; studies on reactive oxygen species translocation across the aqueous/lipid membrane interface; RNAi/antisense technologies; dynamic combinatorial chemistry; protein dynamics and function; mechanistic aspects involved in cellular adhesion and transport in membrane and zeolite channels; and cutting-edge microscopes used to examine transport, motility, and reactivity in cells.

The Chemical Biology graduate option is centred on the pursuit of an original research project under the direction of one or more mentors. The program is supported by McGill University and by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through its Strategic Training Initiatives program.

The program of training incorporates several important features, including a diverse curriculum and programs of seminars, workshops, and discussion groups designed to provide students with a well-rounded exposure to both the chemical and biological aspects of the discipline. The M.Sc. option provides a foundation in the concepts and approaches of Chemical Biology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry

The Ph.D. in Biochemistry trains students in laboratory-based research at the highest level. The Ph.D. program is streamlined to emphasize independent research, and the many areas of biochemistry studied in our Department offer a wide choice of specialties. Students gain in-depth expertise in biochemistry and the biomedical sciences, with the opportunity to carry out research projects at a world-class level and build collaborations with other leading research groups.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program are outstandingly prepared for leadership careers in the basic health sciences in industry, the public sector, or academia.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry: Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyse datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating Bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics.

Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option at the Ph.D. level will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field, and have the capability of developing an independent Bioinformatics research program.

The option consists of a number of interdisciplinary courses and a seminar designed to bring students from many backgrounds together and to provide a thorough overview of research in this field.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry: Chemical Biology

The Chemical Biology Thematic Group is engaged in a diverse range of research topics which span structural biology, enzymology, nucleic acid research, signalling pathways, single molecule biophysics, and biophysical chemistry of living tissues. Among the themes which unite the research being performed in this group is trying to learn new chemistry and physics from biological systems. We have projects relating to pharmaceutically relevant enzymes such as those involved in drug metabolism and antibiotic resistance; development of therapeutic agents in the control of inflammation, cancer and viral infections; the chemical biology of NO; quantification of bioenergetic markers of metabolism; self-assembly mechanisms of the HIV-1 virion capsid; liposome microarray systems to address membrane protein dynamics and recognition; studies on reactive oxygen species translocation across the aqueous/lipid membrane interface; RNAi/antisense technologies; dynamic combinatorial chemistry; protein dynamics and function; mechanistic aspects involved in cellular adhesion and transport in membrane and zeolite channels; and cutting-edge microscopes used to examine transport, motility, and reactivity in cells.

The Chemical Biology graduate option is centred on the pursuit of an original research project under the direction of one or more mentors. The program is supported by McGill University and by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through its Strategic Training Initiatives program.

The program of training incorporates several important features, including a diverse curriculum and programs of seminars, workshops, and discussion groups designed to provide students with a well-rounded exposure to both the chemical and biological aspects of the discipline. The Ph.D. option provides advanced training in Chemical Biology based on independent research.

Financial support for students in the program is available from a variety of sources, including competitively awarded CIHR-funded Chemical Biology Scholarship awards.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Biochemistry Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Biochemistry Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the candidate’s academic record, letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and personal statement. A minimum grade point average of 3.2/4.0 (B+) is required. Once a student has submitted all the required documents, the applicant’s file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Files that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered. Applicants must also be accepted by a research supervisor who is a faculty member or associate member of the Department of Biochemistry. Recommendation for admission will be made once the applicant has secured a supervisor and adequate financial support. Financial support should be in the form of a stipend from the supervisor's research grant or a fellowship held by the student.

Master's Program

Candidates for the M.Sc. degree must hold a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent in Biochemistry or in related disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology).

Doctoral Program

Candidates who have completed their M.Sc. degree may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. Candidates who are admitted to the M.Sc. program and who are interested in the Ph.D. may transfer into the Ph.D. program after successfully completing the transfer seminar (BIOC 701) and all course requirements. The M.Sc. thesis requirement is then waived.

International Applicants

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Minimum acceptable scores are: IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

    or

    IELTS: (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module)

  • International students who have received their degree outside North America should submit GRE scores: The GRE is not required but is recommended for international students. The Biochemistry subject test is now part of the Biology test. The most important sub-score is "Cellular and Molecular Biology", followed by "Evolution"; "Organismal Biology and Ecology" is less important.

For additional information, please consult the department's website.

Admission Requirements – Bioinformatics or Chemical Biology Option (options are not offered at this time- in review)

As for the regular graduate programs of the Biochemistry Department, acceptance into the Bioinformatics or Chemical Biology option consists of two steps:

  1. Preliminary approval by the Department's Graduate Admission Committee based on the student's transcript, references, and other documents submitted with the application. The criteria for assessment at this level are the same as for the regular graduate programs of the Department.
  2. Acceptance by a Bioinformatics or Chemical Biology research director. The director must propose a research project for the student that provides training in the methods and philosophy of Chemical Biology. Project proposals are assessed by the Bioinformatics or Chemical Biology Program Committee.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures. Information for prospective students is also available on the Department of Biochemistry's website.

All applicants are advised to contact potential research supervisors during or before the application process since supervisor acceptance is required. Information about the research interests of faculty members can be found at mcgill.ca/biochemistry/research and mcgill.ca/biochemistry/about-us/department/faculty-members.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Agreement of a faculty member to act as Thesis Supervisor and to provide adequate financial support
  • Acceptance by a Bioinformatics or Chemical Biology research director

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Biochemistry and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 April 20 June 15 June 15
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 1 Nov. 1 Nov. 1
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Biochemistry Faculty

Biochemistry Faculty

Chair
Albert Berghuis
Emeritus Professors
Rhoda Blostein; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.S.C.
Philip E. Branton; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.), F.R.S.C. (Gilman Cheney Professor of Biochemistry)
Peter E. Braun; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Robert E. MacKenzie; B.Sc.(McG.), M.N.S., Ph.D.(Cornell)
Walter E. Mushynski; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
John R. Silvius; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Alta.)
Clifford P. Stanners; B.Sc.(McM.), M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Maria Zannis-Hadjopoulos; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Oncology and Medicine)
Professors
Nicole Beauchemin; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.) (joint appt. with Oncology and Medicine)
Albert Berghuis; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Groningen), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Maxime Bouchard; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval)
Josée Dostie; B.Sc.(Sher.), Ph.D.(McG.) (CIHR New Investigators Award; Chercheure-boursière du FRSQ)
Thomas Duchaine; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.) (Chercheur-boursier du FRSQ)
Imed Gallouzi; Maitrise, D.E.A., Ph.D.(Montp.)
Kalle Gehring; B.A.(Brown), M.Sc.(Mich.), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.) (Chercheur National du FRSQ)
Vincent Giguère; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval) (joint appt. with Oncology and Medicine)
Philippe Gros; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.S.C. (James McGill Professor)
Alba Guarné; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Barcelona)
Roderick R. McInnes; B.Sc., M.D.(Dal.), Ph.D.(McG.)
William Muller; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (Canada Research Chair in Molecular Oncology)
Bhushan Nagar; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Alain Nepveu; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Sher.) (James McGill Professor) (joint appt. with Oncology and Medicine)
Morag Park; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Glas.), F.R.S.C. (Diane and Sal Guerrera Chair in Cancer Genetics) (James McGill Professor) (joint appt. with Oncology and Medicine)
Arnim Pause; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Konstanz), Ph.D.(McG.)
Jerry Pelletier; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (James McGill Professor)
Martin Schmeing; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Yale) (Canada Research Chair in Macromolecular Machines)
Nahum Sonenberg; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Weizmann Inst.), F.R.S.C., F.R.S. (James McGill Professor) (Gilman Cheney Chair in Biochemistry)
David Y. Thomas; B.Sc.(Brist.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(UCL; UK), F.R.S.C. (Canada Research Chair in Molecular Genetics)
Michel L. Tremblay; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Sher.), Ph.D.(McM.), F.R.S.C. (Jeanne and Jean-Louis Levesque Chair in Cancer Research)
Associate Professors
Sidong Huang; B.A.(Boston), Ph.D.(Calif. San Francisco) (Canada Research Chair in Functional Genomics)
Selena M. Sagan; B.Sc., (McG.), Ph.D. (Ott.)
Jose G. Teodoro; B.Sc.(UWO), Ph.D.(McG.) (CIHR New Investigators Award; Chercheur-boursier du FRSQ)
Jason C. Young; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McM.)
Assistant Professors
Natasha C. Chang; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.)
Maxime Denis; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
Lawrence Kazak; Ph.D.(Camb.)
William Pastor; Ph.D.(Harv.)
Maria Vera Ugalde; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Navarra)
Ian Watson; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (Canada Research Chair in Functional Genomics of Melanoma)
Associate Members
Gary Brouhard (Dept. of Biology)
Marc Fabian (Dept. of Oncology)
Robert S. Kiss (Dept. of Medicine)
Gergely Lukacs (Dept. of Physiology)
Luke McCaffrey (Dept. of Oncology)
Joaquin Ortega (Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology)
Janusz Rak (Dept. of Medicine)
Stéphane Richard (Depts. of Medicine, and Oncology)
Reza Salavati (Inst. of Parasitology)
Erwin Schurr (Ctr. for Host Resistance, MGH)
Peter Siegel (Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Dept. of Medicine)
Ivan Topisirovic (Dept. of Oncology)
Youla S. Tsantrizos (Dept. of Chemistry)
Bernard Turcotte (Dept. of Medicine)
Josie Ursini-Siegel (Dept. of Oncology)
Simon Wing (Dept. of Medicine)
Xiang-Jiao Yang (Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Dept. of Medicine)
Natalie Zeytuni; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
Adjunct Professors
Jacques Drouin; B.Sc., D.Sc.(Laval) (IRCM)
Enrico Purisima; B.Sc.(Ateneo de Manila), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Cornell) (NRC/BRI)
Julie St-Pierre; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Laval), Ph.D.(Trin. Coll., Cambridge) (Ott.)
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Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biochemistry (Thesis): Chemical Biology (47 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry: Bioinformatics

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biochemistry: Chemical Biology

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Location

Location

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Duff Medical Building
  • 3775 University Street, Room 316
  • Montreal QC H3A 2B4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-6736
  • Fax: 514-398-7461
  • Website: mcgill.ca/bme

About Biomedical Engineering

About Biomedical Engineering

Excellent laboratory facilities for basic and applied research are available in the Department and in the laboratories of associated staff located elsewhere on campus. The Department operates a network of high-performance workstations and well-equipped mechanical and electronics workshops.

Basic research in the Department concentrates on the application of quantitative engineering analysis methods to basic biomedical research problems. Currently active areas of research include:

  • neuromuscular and postural control;
  • muscle mechanics;
  • the vestibular system;
  • oculomotor control;
  • the auditory system;
  • joint prosthetics;
  • biomaterials;
  • artificial cells and organs;
  • cell and tissue engineering;
  • drug delivery;
  • microencapsulation;
  • microbiome and probiotics;
  • functional food and neutraceuticals;
  • medical imaging;
  • microfluidics;
  • nanomedicine and nanotechnology;
  • bioinformatics in genomics and proteomics.

Staff members are also active in more applied research related to the development of quantitative analysis tools and instruments for biomedical research. Areas of activity here include: signal analysis, system identification, modelling, simulation and parameter estimation, image processing, pattern recognition, ultrasound, and biorobotics.

Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Translational Biomedical Engineering (15 credits)

This program will enable students to translate advances in biomedical engineering research to clinical and commercial solutions. Students will learn the complementary skills needed to take early-stage research results from the bench to the bedside and bridge the gap between invention and product innovation.

The graduate certificate responds to the demand from students for such training and addresses the needs of the biomedical industry for such highly qualified personnel.

For additional information, see the Biomedical Engineering website.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 9, 2021) (disclaimer)

Biomedical Engineering Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Biomedical Engineering Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Admission Requirements (Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission). In addition, please see the Department's website: mcgill.ca/bme/programs/certificate.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Please address enquiries directly to the Department.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 May 1 June 21 June 21
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 10 Nov. 10 Nov. 10
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Note: Applications for Summer term admission will not be considered.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 9, 2021) (disclaimer)

Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Chair
D. Juncker
Emeritus Professors
T.M.S. Chang; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C), F.R.S.(C) (joint appt. with Physiology)
H.L. Galiana; B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
D.L. Collins; B.Sc., M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Neurology and Neurosurgery)
D. Juncker; Dipl., Ph.D.(Neuchâtel)
R.E. Kearney; B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.)
S. Prakash; B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Tech.(BHU), Ph.D.(McG.)
M. Tabrizian; B.Sc.(Iran), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Paris VI), M.B.A.(HEC) (joint appt. with Dentistry)
Associate Professor
W.R.J. Funnell; B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.) (joint appt. with Otolaryngology)
Assistant Professors
D. Bzdok; M.D.(UNIL/Harv.), Ph.D.(Jülich/Texas SA), Ph.D.(HHU)
G. Chen; B.S.(Nankai), Ph.D.(Wisc.Madison)
A. Haidar; B.Sc.(Kuwait), M.Sc.A.(École Poly., Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)
D.A. Rudko; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc.(Vic., BC), Ph.D.(UWO)
C.L. Tardif; B.Eng.(McG.), M.Sc.(Imperial Coll.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Associate Members
M. Amabili (Mechanical Engineering)
S. Baillet (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
C. Baker (Ophthalmology)
S. Blain-Moraes (Physical and Occupational Therapy)
M. Chacron (Physiology)
X. Chai (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
M. Chakravarty (Psychiatry)
M. Driscoll (Mechanical Engineering)
A. Ehrlicher (Bioengineering)
S. Enger (Oncology)
A. Evans (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
J. Gotman (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
D. Guitton (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
A. Hendricks (Bioengineering)
C. Hoesli (Chemical Engineering)
R. Hoge (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Y. Iturria-Medina (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
A. Kamen (Bioengineering)
A. Katsarkas (Otolaryngology)
J. Kildea (Medical Physics)
J. Kinsella (Bioengineering)
S. Komarova (Dentistry)
A.-M. Lauzon (Medicine)
R. Leask (Chemical Engineering)
I. Levesque (Medical Physics and Oncology)
J. Li (Mechanical Engineering)
N. Li-Jessen (Communications and Science)
G. Mitsis (Bioengineering)
L. Mongeau (Mechanical Engineering)
R. Mongrain (Mechanical Engineering)
C. Moraes (Chemical Engineering)
J. Near (Psychiatry)
D. Nicolau (Bioengineering)
C. Pack (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
D. Pasini (Mechanical Engineering)
W. Reisner (Physics)
A. Shmuel (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
B. Willie (Pediatric Surgery)
Y.B. Xia (Bioengineering)
Adjunct & Affiliate Members
P.G. Charette; Ph.D.(McG.) (Sher.)
K. Cullen; Ph.D.(Chic.) (Physiology)
I. El Naqa; Ph.D.(Ill. IT) (Mich.)
C. Grova; Ph.D.(Rennes) (C'dia)
D. Kroo; B.Eng, Ph.D.(McG.)
L. Malic; Ph.D.(McG.)(NRC)
H. Motallebzadeh; Ph.D.(Harvard)
J.-M. Lina; Ph.D.(Montr.) (ETS)
M. Mekhail; Ph.D.(McG.) (Shriners)
J.L. Nadeau; Ph.D.(Minn.) (Caltech)
P. Nguyen; B.Eng, Ph.D.(McG.)
G.B. Pike; Ph.D.(McG.) (Calg.)
A. Reader; Ph.D.(Lond.) (King's, Lond.)
T. Veres; Ph.D.(Montr.) (NRC)
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Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Translational Biomedical Engineering (15 credits)

Human Genetics

Human Genetics

Location

Location

  • Department of Human Genetics
  • Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building
  • 3640 University Street, Room W-315
  • Montreal QC H3A 0C7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4198
  • Fax: 514-398-2430
  • Email: dept.humangenetics [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/humangenetics
Administration
Ross MacKay – Student Affairs Advisor
  • Email: ross.mackay [at] mcgill.ca
Rimi Joshi – Student Affairs Coordinator
  • Email: grad.hg [at] mcgill.ca

About Human Genetics

About Human Genetics

M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in the Department of Human Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics offers a clinical master’s program, M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling, as well as research training at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels in Human Genetics. Both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Human Genetics research programs require the completion of a thesis, which is the major focus of the student's effort. A minimal amount of coursework is required, but specific course choices are flexible and vary according to the student's previous training and current research interest.

Most of the faculty members of the Human Genetics Department are located in McGill teaching hospitals, reflecting the medically learned knowledge at the core of human genetic studies.

Faculty members have a wide variety of research interests, which embrace:

  • cancer genetics;
  • cytogenetics;
  • reproductive biology;
  • neurogenetics;
  • genomic and genetic basis of human diseases.

Detailed information regarding faculty research interests can be found on the Department website.

The Graduate Training Committee requires that students who have been accepted into the M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Human Genetics research graduate program have a guaranteed minimum stipend of $15,000, plus the full amount of tuition and fees. Detailed information regarding financial matters can be found on the Student Funding webpage.

Tuition Assistance Packages

A certain number of tuition assistance packages will be offered to incoming out-of-province/international students for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Human Genetics thesis program who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Students who have a CGPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or above (as converted by the McGill GPS guidelines) and who submit online application and documents by March 31 (Fall), or Sept. 10 (Winter) will automatically be considered eligible for assistance. Once applications have been received by the deadline, the Graduate Training Committee will review all eligible applications and award tuition assistance to certain top eligible candidates at the time of admission into the program.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis) (45 credits)

The Department of Human Genetics provides a unified curriculum of study in genetics. Areas of specialization include:

  • biochemical genetics
  • genetics of development
  • animal models of human diseases
  • cancer genetics
  • molecular pathology
  • gene therapy
  • genetic dissection of complex traits
  • genetics of infectious and inflammatory diseases
  • non-mendelian genetics
  • bioinformatics
  • behavioural genetics
  • neurogenetics
  • bioethics
  • genomics

Many of our faculty hold cross-appointments in various departments (including: biochemistry, biology, cardiology, medicine, microbiology, immunology, neurology, pathology, pediatrics, pharmacology, psychiatry, etc.) within the Faculties of Science and Medicine. This enables numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. The Department conducts research on all sites of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, the McGill Life Sciences Complex, the McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, the Biomedical Ethics Unit, and the Centre for Genomics and Policy.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis): Bioethics (45 credits)

McGill University offers specialized education in bioethics to graduate students in the Faculties of Medicine and Law, the School of Religious Studies, and the Department of Philosophy. The Master's degree Specialization in Bioethics is an interdisciplinary academic program that emphasizes both the conceptual and the practical aspects of bioethics.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)

**This program is currently not offered.****

Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option at the M.Sc. level will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field. Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics Option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases and the use of algorithms and statistics.

Enrolment in the Bioinformatics option can only be approved after a student has been admitted into the Department. There is an agreement for the option that must be signed by the student, supervisor, and Department, and enrolment in the option is subject to space availability and other constraints that the Department cannot assess at the time of admission. For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Genetic Counselling (Non-Thesis) (48 credits)

The M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling program provides the academic foundation and clinical training required for the contemporary practice of genetic counselling. Genetic counsellors are health professionals who provide information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. Genetic counsellors investigate the problem present in the family, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and review available options with the family. Some counsellors also work in administrative and academic capacities, and many engage in research activities.

The curriculum includes a variety of required courses in human genetics and other departments, and 40 weeks of supervised clinical training spread over four semesters. Graduates will be eligible to sit for both the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and the American Board of Genetic Counselling certification examinations. Upon completion of the M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling program, students will demonstrate competence in, or satisfactory knowledge of: principles of human genetics, including cytogenetics, biochemical, molecular, and population genetics; methods of interviewing and counselling, and the dynamics of human behaviour in relation to genetic disease; and social, legal, and ethical issues in genetics. Enrolment will be limited to four students.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics provides a unified curriculum of study in genetics. Areas of specialization include: biochemical genetics, genetics of development, animal models of human diseases, cancer genetics, molecular pathology, gene therapy, genetic dissection of complex traits, genetics of infectious and inflammatory diseases, non-mendelian genetics, bioinformatics, behavioural genetics, neurogenetics, bioethics, and genomics. Many of our faculty hold cross-appointments in various departments (including: biochemistry, biology, cardiology, medicine, microbiology, immunology, neurology, pathology, pediatrics, pharmacology, psychiatry) within the Faculties of Science and Medicine. This enables numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. The Department conducts research on all sites of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, the McGill Life Sciences Complex, the McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, the Biomedical Ethics Unit, and the Centre for Genomics and Policy.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Genetics: Bioinformatics

**This program is currently not offered.**

Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option at the Ph.D. level will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field and have the capability of developing an independent Bioinformatics research program. Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics.

Enrolment in the Bioinformatics option can only be approved after a student has been admitted into the Department. There is an agreement for the option that must be signed by the student, supervisor, and Department, and enrolment in the option is subject to space availability and other constraints that the Department cannot assess at the time of admission. For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Human Genetics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Human Genetics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's or medical degree – minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two full-time academic years;
  • Recent (within the past five years) university-level courses in molecular/cell biology, biochemistry, advanced genetics (preferably human), statistics, and a minimum of two courses in psychology;
  • Some experience (either paid or volunteer) working with adults in a counselling or advisory capacity, ideally in a crisis setting.

For detailed information, visit the Genetic Counselling Program website.

M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Human Genetics

Prerequisites:

  • B.Sc. – minimum CGPA of 3.2 out of 4.0;
  • A minimum of 6 credits in cellular and molecular biology or biochemistry, 3 credits in mathematics or statistics, and 3 credits in genetics.

Admission is based on acceptance by a research supervisor, confirmed funding for the duration of the academic program, and an online application form evaluated by the Graduate Training Committee.

Prospective graduate students should complete the online application form and indicate the name of the secured research supervisor.

For detailed information, visit the Human Genetics program website.

Language Requirements

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit a TOEFL or IETLS test score to McGill University. Minimum scores of 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the Internet-based test are required. Each component or subsection score requires a minimum score of 20. On the IELTS the minimum standard for consideration is 7.

Note: TOEFL scores must be sent electronically by the testing agency to McGill University using our institution code of 0935. Scanned copies of results or hard copies sent in the mail will not be entered as received in your application. IELTS scores also must be submitted electronically by the test centre to McGill University.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Human Genetics and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

M.Sc. Genetic Counselling program* (Non-Thesis)
  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 Jan. 01 Jan. 01 Jan. 01
Winter Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A
M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D. Human Genetics programs
  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 March 31 March 31 March 31
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 10 Sept. 10 Sept. 10
Summer Term: May 15 Jan. 15 Apr. 1 Apr. 1

Applications for thesis programs submitted after these deadlines may be considered, if a suitable supervisor can be secured. However, these applications will not be considered for departmental funding or entrance awards.

* The M.Sc. Genetic Counselling program accepts applications for the Fall term only. No late applications or applications for Summer or Winter terms for the Genetic Counselling program will be considered under any circumstances.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Human Genetics Faculty

Human Genetics Faculty

Chair
E.A. Shoubridge
Program Directors
J. Fitzpatrick – M.Sc. in Genetic Counselling
A. Naumova – M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Human Genetics
Emeritus Professors
F. Kaplan; B.A.(Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)
K. Morgan; Ph.D.(Mich.)
L. Pinsky; M.D.(McG.)
C. Scriver; B.A., M.D.,C.M.(McG.)
Professors
E. Andermann; M.Sc., Ph.D., M.D.,C.M.(McG.) (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
B. Brais; M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.) (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
W. Foulkes; B.Sc., MB.BS., Ph.D.(Lond.) (Medicine)
B. Knoppers; Ph.D.(Paris IV), Ad.E., O.C. (Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy)
M. Lathrop; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Wash.) (Director, McGill University-Genome Quebec Innovation Centre)
D. Malo; D.V.M., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.) (William Dawson Scholar) (Medicine)
R. McInnes; C.M.,M.D., Ph.D.(McG.) F.R.S.C. (Alva Chair in Human Genetics) (Director, Lady Davis Research Institute)
R. Palmour; B.A.(Texas W.), Ph.D.(Texas-Austin) (Psychiatry and Biology)
D. Radzioch; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Jagiellonian) (Medicine)
D.S. Rosenblatt; M.D.,C.M.(McG.) (Medicine, Pediatrics, and Biology)
R. Rozen; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (Pediatrics and Biology)
E. Schurr; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Freiburg) (Medicine)
E.A. Shoubridge; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.) (Neurogenetics)
R. St-Arnaud; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Laval) (Surgery)
P. Tonin; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (Medicine)
J. Trasler; M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.) (William Dawson Scholar) (Pathology and Pediatrics)
S. Vidal; Ph.D.(Geneva) (Medicine)
Associate Professors
A. Ao; Ph.D.(UCL)
G. Bourque; B.Sc.(Montr.), M.A., Ph.D.(USC) (Genome Quebec)
N. Braverman; B.Sc.(Cornell), M.Sc.(Sarah Lawrence), M.D.(Tulane) (Pediatrics)
K. Dewar; Ph.D.(Laval) (Genome Quebec)
R. Hernandez; Ph.D.(Cornell) (Genome Innovation Centre)
Y. Joly; Ph.D.(McG.) (Centre of Genomics and Policy)
J. Majewski; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Stan.), Ph.D.(Wesl.)
P. Moffatt; M.Sc.(UQAM), Ph.D.(Montr.) (Pharmacology)
R. Nadon; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(C’dia)
I. Ragoussis; Ph.D.(Tübingen)
L. Russell; B.A., M.D.(Ind.) (Pediatrics)
A. Ryan; Ph.D.(Qu.)
R. Sladek; B.A.Sc., M.D.(Tor.)
R. Slim; M.Sc.(Lebanese), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Paris VII)
Y. Yamanaka; Ph.D.(Osaka) (Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre)
Assistant Professors
D. Buhas; M.D.(Craiova) (Montreal Children's Hospital)
L. Cartier; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.)
G. Chong; Ph.D.(Kansas St.)
C. Crist; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tokyo)
M-D. D'Agostino; M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.
I. De Bie; M.D.(Laval), Ph.D.(McG.) (Montreal Children's Hospital)
J. Fitzpatrick; M.S.(Mich.) (Pediatrics and Medicine)
S. Gravel; Ph.D.(Physics)(Cornell) (Numerical methods)
C. Kleinman; Ph.D.(Montr.) (Bioinformatics)
D. Langlais; Ph.D.(Montr.)
B. Mucha-Le Ny; M.D.(Freiburg)
H. Najafabadi; Ph.D.(Montr.) (Genome Innovation Centre)
L-C. Palma; M.Sc.(Tor.)
I. Ragoussis; Ph.D.(Tübingen) (Genome Innovation Centre)
Y. Riaz Alhosseini; Ph.D.(Heidel.) (Genome Quebec)
J.-B. Rivière; Ph.D.(Montr.) (RI MUHC)
A. Ruchon; Ph.D.(Montr.) (Biomedical Sciences)
V. Soleimani; Ph.D.(Ott.) (Jewish General Hospital)
D. Torgerson; Ph.D.(McM.)(Genome Innovation Centre)
Y. Trakadis; M.D.(Montr.) (Montreal Children's Hospital)
L. Walsh; Ph.D.(UWO)
Lecturers
N. Anoja (Medicine)
L. Baret (Medicine)
C. Bascunana (Medicine) *currently on mat. leave
K-E. Canales (Medicine)
S. Drury (Pediatrics)
S. Fox (Medicine)
M. Lalous (Medicine)
L. Macrae (Medicine)
M. Richard (Pediatrics)
G. Sillon (Medicine)
E. Weber (Medicine)
L. Whelton (Medicine)
N. Wong (Medicine)
Adjunct Professors
C-M. Chisholm (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
T. Chiu (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
M. Cloutier (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
E. Creede (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
L. Gallagher (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
D. Gauguier (Cordeliers Research Centre)
C. Goldsmith (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
B. Gottleib (Medicine)
E-L. Grundberg (The Children's Mercy Hospital)
V.A. Hastings (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
C. Honeywell (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
T-M. Pastinen (The Children's Mercy Hospital)
J. Rutberg (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
Adjunct Member
D. Vinh; M.D. (Dept. of Medical Microbiology; Medicine)
Associate Members
Biochemistry: P. Gros, D. Thomas
Bioethics: J. Kimmelman
Cardiology: J. Genest
Core Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory - Cytogenetics: J. Lavoie
Dentistry: L. Diatchenko
Endocrinology: C. Polychonakos, B. Richards
Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health: C. Greenwood
Experimental Medicine: S. Ali, S. Richard, S-A. Rabbani
Law: R. Gold
Medicine: D. Cournoyer, J. Engert, L. Garzia, B. Gilfix, C. Gilpin, G.Hendy, R. Koenekoop, A. Peterson, F. Rauch, M. Trifiro
Nephrology: I. Gupta
Neurology: G. Rouleau, Z. Gan-Or, M. Srour
Obs.-Gyn.: A. Naumova
Pediatrics: C. Goudie, N. Jabado, L. Majewska, J. Mitchell, J. Rak
Psychiatry: R. Joober, G. Turecki, C. Ernst
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Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)

** This program is currently not offered. **

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits).

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Human Genetics (Thesis): Bioethics (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Genetic Counselling (Non-Thesis) (48 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Genetics

Candidates entering Ph.D. 1 must complete at least three years of full-time resident study (six terms). The normal and expected duration of the Ph.D. program is four to five years. A student who has obtained a master's degree at McGill in a related field, or at an approved institution elsewhere, and is proceeding in the same subject toward a Ph.D. degree may, upon...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Genetics.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Genetics: Bioinformatics

** This program is currently not offered. **

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Human Genetics: Bioinformatics.

Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology

Location

Location

  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Duff Medical Building, Room 511
  • 3775 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 2B4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-3061
  • Fax: 514-398-7052
  • Email: grad.microimm [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/microimm

About Microbiology and Immunology

About Microbiology and Immunology

The Department offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of M.Sc. and Ph.D.. Each program is tailored to fit the needs and backgrounds of individual students. The graduate program is designed to offer students state-of-the-art training, concentrating on four key areas of research:

  • cellular and molecular immunology;
  • microbial physiology and genetics;
  • molecular biology of viruses;
  • medical microbiology.

Basic research discoveries in microbiology may lead to improved drug design and vaccine development to treat and prevent diseases. The Department has many notable facilities and resources, including a cell sorter, ultra centrifuges, confocal microscope, real-time PCR facilities, cryostat for immunocytochemistry, and facilities for radio-isotope studies and infectious diseases. We foster close ties with McGill’s teaching hospitals and research centres to promote multidisciplinary research.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Microbiology and Immunology (Thesis) (45 credits)

The primary goal of this program is to provide students with unique opportunities to learn experimental designs and fundamental research techniques, and objectively synthesize information from scientific literature. These tools enable the students to focus on major research topics offered by the Department: molecular microbiology, mycology, microbial physiology, virology, genetics, immunology, drug design, and aspects of host-parasite relationships. Each M.Sc. student chooses their preferred major research area and research supervisor. Following an interview, the student is presented with a research topic and offered a studentship (amounts vary). Each student must register for our graduate courses (two seminars, two reading and conference courses, and three current topics). If pertinent to the student’s research program, the research adviser may advise the student to take additional courses.

Most of our students, after one year, are proficient researchers, and some first authors of a research publication. M.Sc. students may fast-track to the Ph.D. program after three terms of residency. The remaining students advance their microbiology background by opting to enter into medicine, epidemiology, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical disciplines.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Microbiology and Immunology

The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to create a self-propelled researcher, proficient in experimental designs and advanced methodologies applicable to the varied and rapidly changing disciplines in microbiology and immunology. Close research supervision and bi-weekly laboratory sessions impart the requisite research discipline and objective assessment of acquired or published research data.

A Ph.D. student, if promoted from our M.Sc. program, without submitting the thesis, is required to register for one additional graduate seminar and one additional reading and conference course, but the bulk of their time is devoted to research. Other requirements include a yearly presentation of the accumulated research data to the Ph.D. supervisory committee, successfully clearing the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, two years after registration into the Ph.D. program, and finally submission of a thesis. The research theme must be original, and the acquired data and hypothesis must be defended orally by the student. Each student receives a stipend for the entire duration and a minimum six-semester residency is required for the completion of the program.

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Microbiology and Immunology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Microbiology and Immunology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Master's

Candidates are required to hold a B.Sc. degree in microbiology and immunology, biology, biochemistry, or another related discipline; those with the M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees are also eligible to apply. The minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for acceptance into the program is 3.2 out of 4.0.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available.

  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT): a minimum overall score of 86 (no less than 20 in each of the four components)
  • IELTS: a minimum overall band score of 6.5

The TOEFL Institution Code for McGill University is 0935.

Ph.D.

Students who have satisfactorily completed an M.Sc. degree in microbiology and immunology, a biological science, or biochemistry, or highly qualified students enrolled in the departmental M.Sc. program, may be accepted into the Ph.D. program provided they meet its standards.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

All applicants must approach academic staff members directly during or before the application process since no applicants are accepted without a supervisor.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 April 22 June 13 June 13
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Sept. 1 Nov. 1 Nov. 1
Summer Term: May 15 Jan. 6 March 25 March 25

Online applications and all required documents must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

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Microbiology and Immunology Faculty

Microbiology and Immunology Faculty

Chair
D. Sheppard
Emeritus Professors
N. Acheson, M. Baines, J.W. Coulton
Professors
J. Archambault; Ph.D.(Tor.)
A. Berghuis; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Groningen), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
S. Gruenheid; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)
G.J. Matlashewski; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Ohio)
R.A. Murgita; B.Sc.(Maine), M.S.(Vermont), Ph.D.(McG.)
M. Olivier; B.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)
C. Piccirillo; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
D. Sheppard; M.D.(Tor.)
M. Stevenson; M.Sc., Ph.D.(CUA)
Associate Professors
D.J. Briedis; B.A., M.D.(Johns Hop.)
B. Cousineau; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.)
S. Fournier; Ph.D.(Montr.)
J. Fritz; Ph.D.(Vienna)
G.T. Marczynski; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Ill.)
S. Sagan; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ott.)
Assistant Professors
I. King; B.A.(Ohio), M.Sc.(Pitt.), Ph.D.(Roch.)
C. Maurice; M.S., Ph.D.(Montpellier)
M. Richer; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Associate Members
Dentistry: E. Emami, S. Tran
Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases: M. Behr, A. Dascal, V. Loo
Genetics: E. Schurr
Immunology, Autoimmunity, Host Defense: J. Antel, M. Burnier, I. Colmegna, P. Gros, A. Kristof, J. Mandl, A. Orthwein, J. Rauch, M. Saleh, J. Spicer, C. Tsoukas, S. Vidal
Immunology and Parasitology: B. Brenner, C.T. Costiniuk, M. Ndao, P. Rohrbach, B. Ward, J. Zhang
Microbiology: D. Cuong Vinh, M. Divangahi, C. Liang, D. Nguyen, M. Reed
Molecular Biology: N. Cermakian, S. Hussain, A. Jardim, D. Langlais, A. Mouland, K. Pantopoulos, M. Tremblay, B. Turcotte, J. Xia
Virology: A. Gatignol, A.E. Koromilas, R. Lin, T. Mesplede, J.Teodoro
Immunology and Virology: M-A. Jenabian
Adjunct Professors
A. Bar-Or; B.Sc.(McM.), M.D.,C.M.(McG.)
E. Cohen; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Montr.)
A. Descoteaux; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(McG.)
J.M. Di Noia; Ph.D.(Buenos Aires)
A. Finzi; Ph.D.(Montr.)
N. Grandvaux; Ph.D.(Grenoble)
C. Krawczyk; Ph.D.(Tor.)
G. Kukolj; Ph.D.(McG.)
P. Lau; Ph.D.(Ott.)
S. Lesage; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
S.L. Liu; Ph.D.(Wash.)
J. Madrenas; M.D.(Barcelona), M.Sc.(Autonoma, Barcelona), Ph.D.(Alta.)
R. Moutih; Ph.D.(McG.)
C. Paradis-Bleau; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval)
A. Petronela; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Paris XI)
K. Pike; Ph.D.(Tor.)
W-K. Suh; Ph.D.(Tor.)
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Master of Science (M.Sc.) Microbiology and Immunology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Microbiology and Immunology

The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to create a self-propelled researcher, proficient in experimental designs and advanced methodologies applicable to the varied and rapidly changing disciplines in microbiology and immunology. Close research supervision and bi-weekly laboratory sessions impart the requisite research discipline and objective assessment of...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Microbiology and Immunology.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Location

Location

  • Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
  • 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Room 1325
  • Montreal QC H3G 1Y6
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-3623
  • Fax: 514-398-2045
  • Email: gradstudies.pharmacology [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/pharma

About Pharmacology and Therapeutics

About Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics offers training leading to M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D. degrees.

Pharmacology is a multidisciplinary science that deals with all aspects of drugs and their interactions with living organisms. Thus, pharmacologists study the physical and chemical properties of drugs, their biochemical and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic and other uses. The Department offers broad exposure and training in both basic and clinical research in a range of areas of specialty, including:

  • neuropharmacology;
  • reproductive pharmacology;
  • endocrine pharmacology;
  • receptor pharmacology;
  • cardiovascular pharmacology;
  • cancer;
  • developmental pharmacology;
  • autonomic pharmacology;
  • clinical pharmacology;
  • biochemical pharmacology;
  • molecular biology;
  • toxicology.

The present 51 full and affiliate members of the Department have research laboratories located in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building and in a variety of hospitals, institutes, and industry including the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Allan Memorial Institute, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Heart Institute, Lady Davis Research Institute, Pfizer Canada, and MUHC Research Institute. The participation of researchers from both industry and government ensures the relevance of the Department's applications-oriented training programs.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology (Thesis) (45 credits)

The objective of the M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D. degree training programs is to provide in-depth independent research experience in a specific area of pharmacology. The program leading to a master’s degree is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge in pharmacology, to conduct a research project, to analyze data, and to write a thesis. Students will also receive essential training in research professionalism and scientific communication.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology (Thesis): Environmental Health Sciences (45 credits)

The M.Sc. in Pharmacology; Environmental Health Sciences focuses on the interplay between the environment and health. Environmental health research is highly interdisciplinary; students will be given the opportunity to acquire a broad environmental perspective on exposure sciences, hazard screening methodologies, epidemiological approaches, health implications of environmental quality, and policy approaches.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacology

The objective of the M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D. degree training programs is to provide in-depth independent research experience in a specific area of pharmacology. The program leading to a doctoral degree is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire knowledge in pharmacology, to conduct an original research project, to analyze data, and to write a thesis. Students will also receive essential training in research professionalism and scientific communication.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacology: Environmental Health Sciences

The Ph.D. in Pharmacology; Environmental Health Sciences program is designed to train professionals for advanced research, teaching, and leadership positions in environmental health sciences. The Option will add a distinct focus on the interplay between the environment and health research. Students will acquire a broad environmental perspective, including exposure sciences, hazard screening methodologies, epidemiological approaches, health implications of environmental quality, and policy approaches.

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Pharmacology and Therapeutics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Pharmacology and Therapeutics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Candidates are required to hold a B.Sc. degree in a discipline relevant to the proposed field of study; those with the M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degrees are also eligible to apply. A background in the health sciences is recommended, but programs in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physical sciences may be acceptable.

Admission is based on a student's academic record, letters of assessment, and, whenever possible, interviews with staff members. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the equivalent, except as follows: in accordance with McGill policy, only those whose mother tongue is English, who graduated from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), or who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction are exempt from providing proof of competency in English.

Inquiries relating to all aspects of graduate study should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, as early as possible in each academic year.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE – required for degrees from outside North America

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 March 15 May 15 May 15
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Aug. 15 Oct. 15 Oct. 15
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Please refer to our website for complete deadlines.

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 9, 2021) (disclaimer)

Pharmacology and Therapeutics Faculty

Pharmacology and Therapeutics Faculty

Chair
G. Multhaup
Graduate Program Director
T. Hébert
Emeritus Professors
R. Capek; M.D., Ph.D.(Prague)
B. Collier; Ph.D.
P. McLeod, M.D., Ph.D. (Manit.)
H.H. Zingg; M.D., Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
D. Bernard; Ph.D.(Johns Hop.)
D. Bowie; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Lond.)
P.B.S. Clarke; M.A.(Camb.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
A.C. Cuello; M.D.(Buenos Aires), M.A., D.Sc.(Oxf.), F.R.S.C.
B.F. Hales; Ph.D.(McG.)
T. Hébert; Ph.D.(Tor.)
D. Maysinger; Ph.D.(USC)
A. McKinney; Ph.D.(Ulster)
G. Multhaup; Ph.D.(Cologne)
A. Ribeiro-da-Silva; M.D., Ph.D.(Oporto)
B. Robaire; Ph.D.(McG.)
H. Saragovi; Ph.D.(Miami)
M. Szyf; Ph.D.(Hebrew)
J. Trasler; M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.)
Associate Professors
B. Castagner; Ph.D.(Col.)
L. Münter; Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
J. Tanny; Ph.D.(Harv.)
J.F. Trempe; Ph.D.(Oxf.)
Assistant Professors
M. McKeague; Ph.D. (Car.)
A. Thanabalasuriar; Ph.D. (McG.)
Associate Members
C. Baglole; Ph.D.(Calg.)
S. Gauthier; M.D.(Montr.)
S. Laporte; Ph.D.(Sher.)
N. Luedtke; Ph.D. (Calif.-San Diego)
K. Mann; Ph.D. (Boston)
S. Nattel; M.D.,C.M.(McG.)
C. O'Flaherty; Ph.D.(Buenos Aires)
S. Rousseau; Ph.D.(Laval)
E. Zorychta; Ph.D.(McG.)
Adjunct Professors
B. Allen, S. Chemtob, Y. De Koninck, G. FitzHarris, J. S. Joyal, F. Le Boeuf, T. Sanderson, L. Stone
Affiliate Members
M. Boucher; Ph.D.(Montr.)
L. Breton; Ph.D.(Paris)
L. Garolalo; Ph.D.(McG.)
J. Gillard; Ph.D.(Tasmania)
J. Mancini; M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
K. Meerovitch; Ph.D.(McG.)
C. Wright; M.D. (Harv.), PhD (Vrije)
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Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology (Thesis) (45 credits)

The M.Sc. in Pharmacology focuses on research methodology, conducting a research project, analyzing data, and writing a thesis. It involves training in research professionalism, scientific communication, and statistics, critically analyzing scientific literature, and developing and conducting an original research project for scientific publication.

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology (Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology (Thesis): Environmental Health Sciences (45 credits)

The M.Sc. in Pharmacology; Environmental Health Sciences program is designed to train professionals for advanced basic research, teaching, and leadership positions in environmental health sciences. The Option will add a distinct focus on the interplay between the environment and health research, including a broad environmental perspective, exposure sciences, hazard...

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.) Pharmacology (Thesis): Environmental Health Sciences (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacology

The Ph.D. in Pharmacology focuses on research methodology, conducting a research project, analyzing data, and writing a thesis. It involves training in research professionalism, scientific communication, and statistics, critically analyzing scientific literature, and developing and conducting an original research project for scientific publication.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacology: Environmental Health Sciences

The Ph.D. in Pharmacology; Environmental Health Sciences program is designed to train professionals for advanced basic research, teaching, and leadership positions in environmental health sciences. The Option will add a distinct focus on the interplay between the environment and health research, including a broad environmental perspective, exposure sciences, hazard...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Pharmacology: Environmental Health Sciences.

Physiology

Physiology

Location

Location

  • Department of Physiology
  • McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
  • 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
  • Montreal QC H3G 1Y6
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4343
  • Website: mcgill.ca/physiology

About Physiology

About Physiology

The Physiology Department offers training leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The scope of the ongoing research, and close connections with the McGill teaching hospitals, offer excellent opportunities for collaborations with hospital-based scientists. Research in the Department covers a broad range of topics from systems neuroscience to molecular and cellular biology. Interests include studies of nuclear and membrane receptors, transporters, channels, and signal transduction pathways, to the broader integration of physiological systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, immune, and central nervous systems) using an array of molecular and cellular approaches as well as quantitative techniques in data collection, analysis, and mathematical modelling by computational means.

All graduate students in Physiology receive financial support. Any faculty or associate member who agrees to supervise a graduate student who does not hold a fellowship is financially responsible for that student. Students are encouraged to apply for a fellowship; further information is available at mcgill.ca/physiology/graduate-studies/financial-other-assistance.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Physiology (Thesis) (45 credits)

The M.Sc. program is intended for students from an academic background wishing to pursue careers in academia, industry, or medicine. The multidisciplinary nature of the Department exposes students to a vast array of research interests and experimental approaches. Thesis work is available in a broad range of disciplines from molecular and cellular to systems physiology covering multiple organ systems. Students wishing to continue to the doctoral program have the option of transferring to the Ph.D., and waiving the M.Sc. thesis submission.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Physiology (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)

This program is currently not offered.

The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train M.Sc. students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating of bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics. Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option will be fluent in the concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field. The option consists of a number of interdisciplinary courses and a seminar designed to bring students from many backgrounds together and to provide a thorough overview of research in this field.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Physiology (Thesis): Chemical Biology (45 credits)

The Chemical Biology option is designed to expose students to aspects of drug design and development, as well as their application to the study of physiological and pathophysiological processes. In addition to thesis work with appropriate mentors, students will participate in lectures, seminar courses, and thematic workshops; all of which are designed to familiarize students with the current state of the field. This interdisciplinary approach will develop researchers interested in academic careers or in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology

The doctoral program is intended for students from a strong academic background wishing to pursue research-intensive careers in academia, industry, or medicine. The multidisciplinary nature of the Department exposes students to a vast array of research interests and experimental approaches. Thesis work provides in-depth training in a broad range of disciplines from molecular and cellular to systems physiology covering multiple organ systems.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology: Bioinformatics

This program is currently not offered.

The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train Ph.D. students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating of bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics. Students successfully completing the Bioinformatics option will be fluent in concepts, language, approaches, and limitations of the field. The option consists of a number of interdisciplinary courses and a seminar designed to bring students from many backgrounds together and to provide a thorough overview of research in this field.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology: Chemical Biology

The Chemical Biology option is designed to expose students to aspects of drug design and development, as well as their application to the study of physiological and pathophysiological processes. In addition to thesis work with appropriate mentors, students will participate in lectures, seminar courses, and thematic workshops -- all of which are designed to familiarize students with the current state of the field. This interdisciplinary approach will develop researchers interested in academic careers or in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

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Physiology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Physiology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program is based on an evaluation by the Graduate Student Admissions and Advisory Committee (GSAAC), and on being accepted by a research supervisor. Final acceptance is contingent upon approval of the recommendation of the applicant by Enrolment Services, from whom official notification will be received.

Candidates for the M.Sc. degree must hold a B.Sc. degree or its equivalent. Candidates who have completed an M.Sc. may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. M.Sc. students interested in a Ph.D. may fast track to the Ph.D. program after 12–18 months. The M.Sc. thesis requirement is then waived. Candidates with exceptional academic records may be considered to proceed directly to the Ph.D. degree from the B.Sc. degree.

A minimum CGPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 or a GPA of 3.4 in the last two years is required for an application to be considered.

The GRE General Test is no longer required.

Language Requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 86 on the Internet-based test with each component score not less than 20 OR IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall band of 6.5 or greater. Only those whose mother tongue is English, who graduated from a North American institution (anglophone or francophone) or who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction are exempt from providing proof of competency in English.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Applications should be submitted as early as possible in order to facilitate processing. However, no applications will be considered after the application deadlines.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL (if applicable)
  • List of supervisor preferences

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Physiology Department and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 March 1 May 15 May 15
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Aug. 15 Oct. 1 Oct. 1
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Interested candidates should refer to the Department's website for details regarding application procedures, as well as other important information.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Apr. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)

Physiology Faculty

Physiology Faculty

Chair
John White
Graduate Program Director
Alvin Shrier
Emeritus Professors
Thomas M.S. Chang; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M., Ph.D.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C)
Leon Glass; B.S.(Brooklyn Coll.), Ph.D.(Chic.) (Rosenfeld Professor of Medicine) (joint appt. with Medicine)
Kresimir Krnjevic; O.C., B.Sc., Ph.D., M.B., Ch.B.(Edin.), F.R.S.C. (In Memoriam)
Wayne S. Lapp; M.S.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Mortimer Levy; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C) (joint appt with Medicine )
Michael Mackey; B.A., Ph.D.(Wash.) (Joseph Morley Professor of Physiology)
George Mandl; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(McG.)
Geoffrey Melvill Jones; B.A., M.A., M.B., B.Ch., M.D.(Cant.)
Joseph Milic-Emili; M.D.(Milan) (joint appt with Medicine )
Canio Polosa; M.D., Ph.D.(McG.)
Douglas G.D. Watt; M.D., Ph.D.(McG.)
Professors
Maurice Chacron; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Ott.)
Monroe W. Cohen; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Ellis J. Cooper; B.Eng.(Sir G. Wms.), M.Sc.(Surr.), Ph.D.(McM.)
Phil Gold; C.C., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., M.D.,C.M.(McG.), F.R.C.P.(C), F.R.S.C. (Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine) (joint appt. with Medicine )
John Hanrahan; B.Sc.(Dal.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
David Goltzman; B.Sc., M.D.,C.M.(McG.) (Antoine G. Massabki Professor of Medicine) (joint appt. with Medicine )
Steve Lomber; B.Sc.(Roch.), Ph.D.(Boston)
Gergely Lukacs; M.D., Ph.D.(Semmelweis)
Sheldon Magder; M.D.(Tor.) (joint appt. with Medicine )
John Orlowski; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) (James McGill Professor)
Alvin Shrier; B.Sc.(C'dia), Ph.D.(Dal.) (Hosmer Professor of Physiology)
John White; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Car.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (joint appt. with Medicine )
Associate Professors
Claire Brown; B.Sc.(St. Mary's), Ph.D.(UWO)
Gil Bub; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Erik Cook; B.Sc.E.E., M.E.E.(Rice), Ph.D.(Baylor Coll.)
Mladen Glavinovic; B.Sc.(Zagreb), M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Michael Guevara; B.Sc., B.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.)
Suresh Krishna; Ph.D. (New York University)
Anmar Khadra; B.Sc.(C'dia), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Wat.)
Reza Sharif-Naeini; B.Sc.(Montr.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Ursula Stochaj; Ph.D.(Cologne)
Associate Professor (Part-time)
Nicole Bernard; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Duke)
Assistant Professors
Pouya Bashivan; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Iran), Ph.D.(Memp.)
Arjun Krishnaswamy; B.Sc. Ph.D.(McG.)
Judith Mandl; B.Sc.(Warw.), Ph.D.(Emory)
Anastasia Nijnik; M.Biochem., Ph.D.(Oxf.)
Masha Prager-Khoutorsky; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Hebrew)
Daniela Quail; B.Sc., Ph.D.(UWO)
Melissa Vollrath; B.Sc.(Wisc.), Ph.D.(BCM)
Associate Members
Anaesthesia: Steven Backman
Biomedical Engineering: Satya Prakash
Mathematics: Anthony Humphries
Medicine: Volker Blank, Mark Blostein, Andrey Cybulsky, Anne-Marie Lauzon, James Martin, Shafaat Rabbani, Simon Rousseau, Benjamin M. Smith, Mary Stevenson, Tomoko Takano, Elena Torban, Simon Wing
Microbiology and Immunology: Jörg Fritz
Neurology and Neurosurgery: Jack Antel, Daniel Guitton, Christopher Pack, Ed Ruthazer, Amir Shmuel, Jesper Sjöström, Jo Anne Stratton
Ophthalmology: Curtis Baker
Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Daniel Bernard, Derek Bowie, Terence Hebert
Psychiatry: Nicolas Cermakian
Research in Neuroscience: Charles Bourque
Adjunct Professors
M. Craig, K. Cullen, P. Haghighi, J. Martinez-Trujillo
Associate Professor Post-Retirement
Ann Wechsler; B.A.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Faculty Lecturer

Céline Aguer; M.Sc., Ph.D.(France), Outaouais campus

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated May. 20, 2021) (disclaimer)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Physiology (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Physiology (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)

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Master of Science (M.Sc.) Physiology (Thesis): Chemical Biology (45 credits)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology: Bioinformatics

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology: Chemical Biology

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Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences—2021-2022 (last updated Apr. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)
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