Ph. D. Program in Developmental Biology

   
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Developmental Biology Research Initiative (DBRI) of the McGill Biology Department announces the introduction of a new Ph.D. program in Developmental Biology.

The program will capitalize on major funding to DBRI from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and foster an enriched environment for graduate studies and research in this area. The program is intended to provide broad training in Developmental Biology and research opportunities with a variety of vertebrate, invertebrate and plant model systems, including Drosophila, C. elegans, Arabidopsis and mice. Participating faculty are drawn from a number of research institutions in Montreal in addition to the Department of Biology, including the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre. It is expected that the synergies arising from this network will provide a unique training environment that will set the stage for a future career in science.

The primary criterion for admission to the program is a strong background in research at the undergraduate level. It is also expected that candidates will have a CGPA of 3.5 or better, although exceptions may be made for applicants with outstanding research experience.  Once admitted to the program, students will rotate through a series of laboratories, then choose a supervisor on the basis of experience gained from exposure to a number of research environments. Students will also participate in courses, retreats and symposia specific to the program.

The abundant research opportunities available through this program employ a variety of vertebrate, invertebrate and plant model systems, including Drosophila, C. elegans, Arabidopsis and mice, to address fundamental issues in developmental biology, including: 

  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Pattern formation
  • Cell polarity and the cytoskeleton
  • Transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene regulation
  • Regulation of cell shape and epithelial morphogenesis
  • Oncogenes and development
  • Cell physiology and aging
  • Developmental biology and evolution
  • Plant developmental biology

 

Updated: Sept. 7/10