Your Scientific Career Starts Here
Your Scientific Career Starts Here
The major strength of the Department of Molecular Genetics is its widely recognized Faculty who run a remarkable variety of world-class research programs in diverse areas such as:
Our Faculty have made important contributions in many fields and have been the recipients of numerous national and international awards. As a Department, our major focus is on graduate training. Graduates from our programs regularly gain postdoctoral positions in prestigious laboratories and staff positions in major universities, research institutes and industry throughout the world.
Research in molecular genetics is increasingly driven by technology and the analysis of the systems-level datasets that new technology has enabled. As a result, there is a high demand for researchers who have a solid grounding in quantitative sciences as well as biology. Because few students will have fully achieved this goal as undergraduates, we have developed two Ph.D. ?tracks? within the Molecular Genetics graduate orogram aimed at training this next generation of scientists.
The Quantitative Biology in Molecular Genetics Track (QBMG): This Ph.D. track has been crafted for students who initially specialized in computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, engineering, and other quantitative disciplines as an undergraduate and/or M.Sc student. The QBMG Track will provide quantitative scientists with a foundation in modern biology and mentor them towards leadership in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
The Computational Biology in Molecular Genetics Track (CBMG): Computational biology is playing an increasingly critical role in molecular genetics. The CBMG Ph.D. track will provide students who have been primarily trained in biology, but also have an aptitude for quantitative science, with an immersive computational biology curriculum, and leadership in the new discipline of computational molecular genetics.
Members of the department participate in two interdepartmental collaborative graduate programs that provide students with the opportunity to benefit from the wealth of expertise in the University of Toronto community in areas of research that span the boundaries between traditional departments. More information on each of these programs can be found on their web sites:
For a list of Faculty members participating in these collaborative programs see here.
Graduate students in the Department of Molecular Genetics are not required to hold teaching assistantships as part of their guaranteed funding. The department, however, does offers courses which require teaching assistants each year. All qualified students are invited to apply.
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.