Our M.Sc. program is designed to train students as competent scientists; our Ph.D. program is designed to train students as independent scientists.
There is a world of opportunity for our graduates. With a degree from the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, our students have the competitive edge over other graduates because of the reputation of excellence that is associated with our Department.
One traditional career path that our Ph.D. graduates take is to become a Professor at an academic institution or a Scientist at a research institute. To do this, our Ph.D. graduates embark on ‘post-doctoral’ studies at another university or research institution. Typically, this involves 2 to 4 years of scientific investigation under the tutelage of a senior investigator (i.e. a Professor or Senior Scientist) to further demonstrate their scientific independence. Upon authoring additional prominent scientific works, our alumni place themselves in very competitive positions to land much sought after jobs at respected institutions around the world. A Ph.D. from our department, in combination with a few solid publications, has facilitated the placement of our alumni who are interested in post-doctoral work in the best labs in the best institutions in the world. A small sample of our alumni who have followed the path of becoming prominent Professors include Brenda Andrews at the University of Toronto, Ian Chin-Sang at Queen’s University; Zhigang He at Harvard Medical School; Nevan Krogan at UCSF; Cecilia Moens at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Steven Scherer at the Hospital for Sick Children; and Terry Yamaguchi at the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute, to name but a few.
Our graduate program also gives our M.Sc. and Ph.D. alumni a competitive edge in pursuing many other career paths that include dentistry, genetic counselling, law, medicine, teaching, and becoming a research associate. In addition, many of our graduates have become involved in the development, establishment and operation of several biotechnological enterprises. These are but a few of the potential career paths that our graduate program may help prepare our graduates for.