Cell and Systems Biology

Cell and Systems Biology: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science​

Degree Programs​

Cell and Systems Biology

MSc
PhD

​​Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Developmental Biology
    • Cell and Systems Biology, MSc, PhD
  2. Genome Biology and Bioinformatics
    • Cell and Systems Biology, PhD
  3. Neuroscience
    • Cell and Systems Biology, MSc, PhD

Overview

Students undertaking graduate programs in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology pursue research related to fundamental mechanisms in the growth, development, and behaviour of organisms ranging from unicellular microbes to more complex organisms in the plant and animal kingdoms. Research projects extend from the molecular level to that of whole organisms interacting with each other and their environment.​​

​​Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and make use of cutting-edge approaches including functional genomics, genetics, metabolomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, and physiology.

Contact and Address

Web: http://csb.utoronto.ca
Email: csb.grad@utoronto.ca 
Telephone: (416) 978-3477
Fax: (416) 978-8532

Department of Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto
Ramsay Wright Building
Room 424, 25 Harbord Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G5
Canada

Cell and Systems Biology: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

AbouHaidar, Mounir - DipdESup, BSc, PhD, CAP
Anderson, James - BA, PhD
Arruda Carvalho, Maithe - BSc, MSc, PhD
Barrett, F Michael - BSc, MSc, PhD
Berleth, Thomas - BSc, MSc, PhD
Boonstra, Rudy - BSc, PhD
Braeutigam, Katharina - MA, MA, PhD
Brown, Ian - BSc, PhD
Bruce, Ashley - BA, PhD
Buck, Leslie - BSc, PhD
Calarco, John Anthony - PhD
Campbell, Malcolm - DPhil
Chang, Belinda - AB, PhD, CRC
Cheng, Mary - MSc, PhD
Christendat, Dinesh - PhD
Coleman, John - BSc, PhD
Desveaux, Darrell - BSc, MSc, PhD, CRC
Edwards, Elizabeth - BEng, PhD
Ensminger, Ingo - PhD
Erb, Suzanne - BSc, MA, PhD
Espie, George - PhD
Fernandez-Gonzalez, Rodrigo - BSc, PhD
Fitzpatrick, Mark - BS, MS, PhD
Fulthorpe, Roberta - BSc, MSc, PhD
Gazzarrini, Sonia - BA, PhD
Gerlai, Robert - MSc, PhD
Godt, Dorothea - MS, DrRerNat
Goring, Daphne - PhD, CRC
Guttman, David - BS, PhD, CRC
Guzzo, Christina - BSc, PhD
Harris, Tony - BSc, PhD, CRC
Harrison, Rene - BS, MS, PhD
Hasenkampf, Clare - BSc, MS, PhD
Holmes, Melissa - BA, MA, PhD
Horgen, Paul - BA, MS, PhD
Ito Lee, Rutsuko - BA, PhD
Kanelis, Voula - PhD
Kohn, Linda - BS, PhD
Kronzucker, Herbert - PhD
Lange, Angela - BSc, PhD
Larsen, Ellen - BSc, MSc, PhD
Levine, Joel - BA, PhD
Liu, Baohua - BSc, MSc, PhD
Lovejoy, David - PhD
Lovejoy, Nathan Richard - BSc, MS, PhD
Martin, Loren - BSc, MSc, PhD
Mason, Andrew - MS, PhD
Master, Emma - BSc, PhD
McCourt, Peter - PhD
McGowan, Patrick - BSc, MA, PhD
McMillen, David - BSc, MS, PhD
Milstein, Josh - BS, PhD
Mitchell, Jennifer - DSc
Monks, Ashley - BSc, MA, PhD
Moses, Alan - BA, PhD
Nambara, Eiji - MS, PhD
Nash, Joanne - BS, MSc, PhD
Ness, Robert - BSc, PhD
O'Day, Danton - BSc, MSc, PhD
Orchard, Ian - BSc, PhD, DSc
Peever, John - MSc, PhD
Phillips, Michael - BSc, PhD
Plotnikov, Sergey - DSc
Provart, Nicholas - PhD
Reid, Stephen - BS, PhD
Rhee, Ho Sung - BS, MS, PhD
Richards, Blake - BS, MS, PhD
Riggs, Charles - BS, PhD
Ringuette, Maurice - BSc, PhD
Romans, Patricia - BSc, MSc, PhD
Ryu, William - AB, PhD
Senatore, Adriano - BSc, MSc, PhD
Shin, Jumi - AB, DPhil
Smith, J.J. Berry - BA, MA, PhD
Sokolowski, Marla - BSc, PhD, CRC
Stephenson, Richard - BSc, PhD
Stewart, Bryan - BSc, MS, DPhil
Takehara, Kaori - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tepass, Ulrich - MSc, PhD
Terebiznik, Mauricio - BSc, PhD
Thiele, Tod - BS, PhD
Tobe, Stephen - BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSC
Treanor, Bebhinn Lucy - BSc, PhD
Tropepe, Vince - BSc, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Vanlerberghe, Greg - BSc, MSc, PhD
Varmuza, Susannah - BSc, MSc, PhD
Welch Jr., Kenneth Collins - BS, MA, PhD
Westwood, J. Timothy - PhD
Winklbauer, Rudolf - MSc, PhD
Woodin, Melanie - MSc, PhD
Yoshioka, Keiko - PhD
Zhao, Rongmin - BSc, PhD
Zovkic, Iva - BA, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Currie, Joshua - PhD
Fittipaldi, Nahuel Vicente - BS, MS, PhD
Lumba, Shelley - PhD
Revers, Leigh - PhD
Saltzman, Arneet - BSc, PhD
Subramaniam, Rajagopal - PhD
Wang, Pauline - DSc

Cell and Systems Biology: Cell and Systems Biology MSc

Master of Science​

Program Description

The MSc program in Cell and Systems Biology provides ideal training for career paths in education, business, and policy where science-based decision-making and the interpretation and transmission of scientific information are becoming increasingly important, particularly in many of the “knowledge-based” economies that are emerging the world over. 

The MSc program trains scientists who are well suited to fill this demand. The program’s objective is to provide students with skills in the generation, critical evaluation, assessment, and communication of data so that they are equipped to proceed with further post-graduate degrees, or other career opportunities where such skills are desired.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Cell and Systems Biology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with high academic standing from a recognized university, with a B+ (or equivalent) average in the final year of the bachelor's program, and a mid-B overall average in the previous year of study.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) of approved graduate coursework.

  • Complete the CSB 1010Y MSc Seminar Series (1.0 FCE, minimum 24 seminars per year).

  • Complete a thesis based on a research project.

  • Give a public presentation of thesis research and defend the thesis at an oral examination.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Cell and Systems Biology: Cell and Systems Biology PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program in Cell and Systems Biology trains scientists who will form part of the next generation of independent researchers in cell, molecular, and systems biology. Graduates will be the future high-level teachers, frontier expanders, and decision-makers in these fields of inquiry. 

PhD graduates are expected to emerge from the program as independent and autonomous scientists, producing a written thesis that describes original research that stands as a testimony to their ability to generate publishable, stand-alone contributions to the peer-reviewed scientific literature. As part of their training, PhD students acquire skills in the communication of scientific research (including teaching skills), and acquire broad-based knowledge of the theory and practice underpinning their chosen field.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MSc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc program; or 3) direct entry following completion of an honours bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Cell and Systems Biology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Students will be admitted only when they have made arrangements to secure a research supervisor by contacting professors in the department.

  • Applicants may be accepted who already hold an MSc degree from a recognized university, with a grade average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto A– during the MSc.

Program Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete: 

    • 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) of approved graduate coursework.

    • CSB 1011Y PhD Seminar Series (1.0 FCE, minimum 24 seminars per year).

    • A PhD proposal, which involves three components:

      1. preparation of a written research proposal

      2. presentation to the department and questioning by the public

      3. in-camera questioning by a PhD proposal examination committee immediately following the public presentation.

    • Their proposal examination between 13 and 20 months after the start date of enrolment in their graduate program.

  • Students must submit a thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Applicants may be accepted first into the University of Toronto MSc program and, conditional upon approval by the thesis supervisory committee, may transfer into the PhD program.

Program Requirements

Students must:

  • Be in good academic standing at the end of Year 1.

  • Successfully complete 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) of approved graduate coursework. Those who transfer into the PhD program from the MSc may apply 0.5 graduate FCE towards the PhD course requirements. 

  • Successfully complete CSB 1011Y PhD Seminar Series (1.0 FCE, minimum 24 seminars per year).

  • Successfully complete a PhD transfer examination between 13 and 20 months after the start date of enrolment in their graduate program. The transfer examination involves three components:

    1. preparation of a written research proposal

    2. presentation to the department and questioning by the public

    3. in-camera questioning by a PhD proposal examination committee immediately following the public presentation.

  • Deliver two public seminars in the department based on their thesis research.

  • Submit a thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Cell and Systems Biology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants will be admitted only when they have made arrangements to secure a research supervisor by contacting professors in the department.

  • Exceptional applicants with a BSc degree may be accepted by direct entry into the PhD program, with a grade point average equivalent to a University of Toronto A– or better in the final year of the BSc. Direct-entry PhD candidates should also display evidence of research potential. 

Program Requirements

Students must:

  • Be in good academic standing at the end of Year 1.

  • Successfully complete 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) of approved graduate coursework.

  • Successfully complete CSB 1011Y PhD Seminar Series (1.0 FCE, minimum 24 seminars per year).

  • Complete additional courses if their undergraduate preparation does not include the study of subjects deemed to be necessary for research in the chosen area. The courses will be chosen in consultation with the supervisory committee.

  • Successfully complete a PhD proposal, which involves three components:

    1. preparation of a written research proposal

    2. presentation to the department and questioning by the public

    3. in-camera questioning by a PhD proposal examination committee immediately following the public presentation.

  • Students must successfully complete their proposal examination between 13 and 20 months after the start date of enrolment in their graduate program.

  • Deliver two public seminars in the department based on their thesis research. 

  • Submit a thesis and defend it at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

Cell and Systems Biology: Cell and Systems Biology MSc, PhD Courses

Consult the graduate unit regarding course availability.

​CSB 1010Y0
MSc Seminar Series​
​CSB 1011Y0
PhD Seminar Series​
​CSB 1018H
​Advanced Microscopy and Imaging
​CSB 1020H
Topics in Cell and S​ystems Biology​
​CSB 1025H
​Methods in Genomics and Proteomics
​CSB 1472H​
​Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics
CSB 1482H​ Readings in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics

0 Course that continues over a program. The course is graded when completed.