Research Opportunities

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry provides a unique learning experience including access to state-of-the-art research facilities and mentorship by internationally recognized leaders in clinical and basic medical science research. Below, please find some of the current research opportunities available (by basic science program).

For trainees/students/postdocs: Interested MSc or PhD students must still apply to a graduate program. In the application portal, you will be able to indicate a supervisor you would like to consider. Please note there are other faculty members that are accepting students that have not posted their opportunities here. Students are also encouraged to include information about their interest in their statement of interest:

Anatomy and Cell Biology

The Anatomy & Cell Biology Program offers a modern collaborative training experience catering to the needs of the individual student pursuing an MSc or PhD degree. Our dedicated, award-winning mentors and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich training environment in which students can immerse themselves in one or more academic disciplines, including cell biology, neurobiology, anatomical sciences, and/ or education scholarship. The Biological Research field is a research-intensive, thesis-based program designed to prepare students for a career as a research scientist in academia or industry. Our Clinical Anatomy field offers a unique training experience consisting of course work, research, and hands-on teaching experience; and is intended to prepare the next generation of medical educators and scholars.

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The Department of Biochemistry offers MSc and PhD graduate degrees. PhD and thesis based MSc degrees require completion of a research-intensive thesis, course work, and participation in a seminar program.

Research programs are categorized into six major areas: genome dynamics, epigenetics & gene expression; human genetics & clinical biochemistry; macromolecular structure & dynamics; signal transduction & intracellular communication; proteomics; bioinformatics. State-of-the-art facilities are available in the areas of protein structure, genetics and proteomics and cellular signal transduction.

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Graduate Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers thesis-based MSc and PhD degrees, with a field of study in either Epidemiology or Biostatistics. Trainees are exposed to a full breadth of policy-relevant methodologies from the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, health economics, clinical trials, and program evaluation. Trainees have many opportunities to conduct and present research, to attend our seminar series and to participate in extracurricular activities organized by the Western Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Council (WEBSC).

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Medical Biophysics

This graduate program is internationally known for multidisciplinary research in the fields of medical imaging; medical physics and radiobiology in cancer treatment and research; microcirculation and cellular biophysics; orthopedic biomechanics and biomaterials; and hemodynamics and cardiovascular biomechanics. Our motto is "learning through research" and we accept students from a wide range of backgrounds including physics, biology, computer science and engineering.

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Microbiology & Immunology

The graduate program in Microbiology and Immunology offers research-intensive, thesis-based graduate training at the Masters and Doctoral levels. We possess world class facilities and a motivating training environment, with high profile research programs overseen by internationally distinguished faculty members.

The Graduate Program of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology revolves around two major fields of scientific endeavour: i) The molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms, and ii) The molecular and cellular biology of the immune system. These fields involve studies on bacteria, viruses, parasites, cancer cells, and immune cells with an emphasis on molecular biology, biochemistry, and pathogenesis.

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Neuroscience (Interdisciplinary)

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience.  The Program is designed for students with a variety of interests and backgrounds. These can include such areas as computer science, mathematics, engineering, chemistry and physics as well as the more traditional areas of anatomy, pharmacology, psychology, physiology, zoology, neurology, ophthalmology and physical therapy.

The Neuroscience graduate program provides a strong foundation in Neuroscience and help students to develop skills and competencies necessary for a career in variety of fields, including academia and industry.

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM)

Graduate Studies in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are offered to those interested in acquiring a more extensive knowledge of the mechanisms of cell and tissue injury and of the etiology, pathogenesis and behaviour of disease. Normally the research supervised will be within the principal interests and funded research areas of staff members of the Department.

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Physiology & Pharmacology

The goals of this graduate program are to train students in Physiology and Pharmacology. Graduates of the Master's program will be capable of active participation in a research program, and of teaching the disciplines as well as applying physiological, pharmacological and/or toxicological principles in industrial and professional contexts.

Graduation from the Doctoral program is an essential step towards a career as an independent researcher in academia, and to obtain higher level professional positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as government agencies and research-funding organizations.

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