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Graduate Studies

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology has a strong research focus. A vital component of our research activity is our commitment to training students for successful careers in academic, medical and industrial settings. This training includes not only laboratory work, but also guided seminar presentations and discussion groups to develop the well-rounded researcher. Our students' successes have established a reputation of excellence for our training program.

We offer strong programs in selected areas of our discipline; our research interests are described on this website under Areas of Research Specialization. Currently there are 43 graduate students, 32 postdoctoral fellows, and numerous research assistants in the department.

Our research strengths include molecular evolution, cell signalling, gene expression and protein chemistry. A vital component of our research activity is our commitment to training students for successful careers in academic, medical and industrial settings. This training includes not only laboratory work, but also guided seminar presentations and discussion groups to develop the well-rounded researcher. Our students' successes have established a reputation of excellence for our training program.

Acceptance into our graduate program is based on academic excellence and demonstrated research experienceóboth are essential. Undergraduate degree requirements usually come in the form of a B.Sc. Honours degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry or a related field such as biology, chemistry or relevant biomedical sciences. In the absence of an Honours degree with a formal research component, other research experiences may also be deemed acceptable (e.g., co-op work terms, summer lab jobs). In addition to an academic acceptance, enrolment in the program is subject to the identification of a research supervisor and stipend support. Scholarship support is available through the department, at minimum levels of $22,000/year (M.Sc.) or $23,000/year (Ph.D.); the actual value is often negotiable with the supervisor. However, the number of stipends each year is limited, so we strongly advise you to apply for scholarships from your own country and/or various granting agencies. Competitive scholarship awards may be supplemented to $29,000/year.