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Developmental Biology

Developmental Biology: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Medicine

Participating Degree Programs

Biochemistry — MSc, PhD
Biomedical Engineering — MASc, PhD
Cell and Systems Biology — MSc, PhD
Clinical Engineering — MHSc
Immunology — MSc, PhD
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology — MSc, PhD
Medical Science — MSc, PhD
Molecular Genetics — MSc, PhD
Physiology — MSc, PhD

Overview

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Developmental Biology. The objectives of the specialization are to:

  • promote and foster excellence in developmental biology research in Toronto;

  • provide a means for master's and PhD graduate students working on developmental biology projects to be exposed to a broad range​ of issues and approaches in modern developmental biology;

  • provide a single, comprehensive, advanced PhD-level graduate course to complement a number of introductory courses provided by different graduate units;

  • provide a forum for interaction between investigators in developmental biology in different graduate units via participation in student seminars, supervisory committees, journal clubs, retreats, and seminars/symposia.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the ​participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Developmental Biology” on their transcript.

Contact and Address

Web: http://devbio.utoronto.ca
Email: bret.pearson@sickkids.ca
Telephone: (416) 813-7654 ext. 328370

Dr. Bret Pearson, Director
Collaborative Specialization in Developmental Biology
Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
686 Bay Street, Room 18-9-712
Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A4 Canada

Developmental Biology: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units.

Program Requirements

Students must:

  • Be registered in the master's program of one of the participating graduate units and must be undertaking research in developmental biology under the supervision of a member of the collaborative specialization.

  • Complete all degree program requirements of the participating graduate unit. In addition, they must complete the interdepartmental course JDB 1024Y.

  • Complete an MSc thesis in the topic area of developmental biology.

Developmental Biology: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units.

  • Prospective students should contact the collaborative specialization director for additional details on admission procedures and course requirements.

Program Requirements

Students must:

  • Meet all respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, the home graduate unit, and the collaborative specialization.

  • Be registered in the doctoral program of one of the host graduate units and must be undertaking research in developmental biology under the supervision of a member of the collaborative specialization.

  • Complete all degree requirements of the participating graduate unit. In addition, they must complete the interdepartmental course JDB 1025H and the seminar course JDB 1026Y. These courses may be taken in place of some host graduate unit courses.

  • Complete a PhD thesis in the topic area of developmental biology.

Developmental Biology: Courses

The following courses are offered every year:

​JDB 1024Y0
​​Topics in Developmental Biology
​JDB 1025H
Developmental Biology​
​JDB 1026Y0
​Student Seminars in Developmental Biology

​0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.​​