Genome Biology and Bioinformatics

Genome Biology and Bioinformatics: Introduction

Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Biochemistry — PhD
Biomedical Engineering — PhD
Cell and Systems Biology — PhD
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry — PhD
Computer Science — PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology — PhD
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology — PhD
Medical Biophysics — PhD
Medical Science — PhD
Molecular Genetics — PhD


The availability of complete genome sequences of many organisms has led to the appreciation that our knowledge of the function of the genome and other omes of any given organism is far from complete. A wide range of computational, theoretical, biochemical, structural, cell biological, and genetic approaches need to cooperate to establish the connections between sequence and function. The Collaborative Specialization in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics addresses this need for cooperation with a coherent course of study that educates, trains, and provides community for doctoral graduate students across these diverse disciplines.

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics. Upon successful completion of the PhD requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics" on their transcript.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 978-8879

Collaborative Specialization in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics
Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto
25 Harbord Street, RW 424D
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G5

Genome Biology and Bioinformatics: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants 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. Since this is a doctoral-level course of study, students must be registered in the doctoral program of one of the host graduate units and must be undertaking research with a significant genome biology and/or bioinformatics component under the supervision of a member of the collaborative specialization.

Specialization Requirements

  • Complete a PhD thesis in the area of the collaborative specialization, and any core courses as required by the student's host graduate unit.
  • Complete the seminar series in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics (GBB1001H; 0.5 FCE). Students will be required to present and discuss their research projects in this seminar series.
  • Participate in collaborative traineeships in which an aggregate time of two to four months is spent in a collaborating laboratory, thematically working on an aspect of the thesis project but with a complementary method. The goal of the collaborative traineeship is ideally a joint publication between the two member labs.

Genome Biology and Bioinformatics: Courses

Students are required to enrol in the seminar course GBB1001H.

Required Seminar Series

GBB1001H Seminar in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics


CSB1482H Readings in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics