A warm welcome from Dr. Leah Cowen

Dr. Leah Cowen

Dr. Leah Cowen

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the Department of Molecular Genetics, which holds a leadership position in Canada and internationally as a premier venue for biomedical and life sciences research and education. We are an engaged and collaborative community that fosters exceptional innovation and discovery. Our faculty, fellows, and students are highly acclaimed for pioneering phenomenal advances in some of the most exciting areas of modern science with a profound impact on human health.

Our vibrant community is equipped with cutting-edge facilities in the heart of downtown Toronto’s Discovery District. We are situated in five geographic ‘nodes’ within a ten-minute walk from each other: two campus-based venues (the Medical Sciences Building and the Donnelly Centre) and two famous hospital-based research institutes (the Hospital for Sick Children Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and the Mt. Sinai Hospital Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute). We expanded to a fifth node, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in the MaRS Centre, and will be expanding to the MaRS Centre Phase 2 in the fall.

We have over 100 faculty members, including luminaries at the forefront of diverse fields that span the frontiers of biological research and discovery in the 21st Century: Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function; Computational and Systems Biology; Functional Genomics and Proteomics; Genetic Models of Development and Disease; Molecular Medicine and Human Genetics; and Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Each field has from 20 to 50 affiliated faculty members, providing an enormous breadth and depth of research expertise and training.

Our dynamic community of over 250 graduate students is engaged in our top-flight research M.Sc. and Ph.D. Program in Molecular Genetics. Our quantitative biology track provides quantitative scientists with a foundation in modern biology and mentors them towards leadership in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Our computational biology track provides biologists with an immersive curriculum towards leadership in the new discipline of computational molecular genetics. We also offer a professional M.Sc. in Genetic Counseling, which is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and is taught by 40 professorial faculty members, lecturers and instructors.

In addition to its enviable reputation in research and graduate education, the department also provides a rigorous undergraduate specialist and major in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, which combines outstanding courses with laboratory research experience and mentorship. We also offer a major in Genome Biology together with two of our sister departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Our graduate and undergraduate programs are vibrant and thriving, and provide an outstanding platform to successfully launch into diverse career paths including those in academia, teaching, consulting, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, scientific writing, patent law, ethics, and policy. We build on the strength of our alumni community to empower our trainees for success and to make amazing things happen in Molecular Genetics.