The Department of Molecular Genetics offers Specialist and Major programs in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, which emphasize the molecular aspects of both disciplines. Genetics, the science of heredity, and microbiology, the study of microorganisms (microbes), have long served as meeting grounds for a variety of biological disciplines. Developments in genetics and microbiology have contributed greatly to our basic understanding of the fundamental processes of life as well as to the treatment of genetic and infectious diseases.
Career opportunities for graduates include employment in research institutes, universities and other educational institutions, as well as industry. The programs provide excellent preparation for post-graduate research and professional programs.
is a research-intensive program and is designed to provide strong in-depth training in science, including critical analyses of scientific concepts and literature, advanced laboratory experience, and detailed understanding and application of molecular biology.
offers students fundamental training in molecular genetics and microbiology. Students tailor their own program and may focus on a microbiology major, a genetic major, or a combination; they choose a path to suit their specific interests.
If you are interested in doing undergraduate research please contact faculty via e-mail early in the fall term (September to December) for the possibility of doing research in the following summer or next school year. Note that faculty members receives several requests each year and are therefore unable to provide slots to everybody.
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We also encourage students to visit the "Graduate and Life Sciences Education" website http://www.glse.utoronto.ca for more information about doing graduate and undergraduate research. This website holds a lot of information about research opportunities in other departments and in the hospitals affiliated with U of T.
Other useful information for prospective researchers:
There are many opportunities to do research during the summer in one of our active research laboratories. These positions provide a small stipend. Please click the link above for details on how to find a lab and apply.
An opportunity for specialized individual research for 4th year students in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Students with an interest in graduate research are encouraged to participate.
Awarded to a 4th year (graduating) student who is enrolled in the Genetics Stream of the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Specialist Program, and has been accepted into graduate school.
To be awarded to an outstanding graduate of the Specialist Program in Microbiology
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