Cell and Systems Biology

Cell and Systems Biology: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Cell and Systems Biology

MSc and PhD

Collaborative Specializations

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

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: csb.utoronto.ca
Email: grad.csb@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
Arruda Carvalho, Maithe - BSc, MSc, PhD
Berleth, Thomas - BSc, MSc, PhD
Braeutigam, Katharina - MA, MA, PhD
Bruce, Ashley - BA, PhD
Buck, Leslie - BSc, PhD
Calarco, John Anthony - PhD, CRC
Campbell, Malcolm - DPhil
Chang, Belinda - AB, PhD, CRC
Cheng, Mary - MSc, PhD
Christendat, Dinesh - PhD
Corbit, Laura - PhD
Currie, Mark Allister - BSc, PhD
Desveaux, Darrell - BSc, MSc, PhD
Edwards, Elizabeth - BEng, PhD
Ensminger, Ingo - PhD
Erb, Suzanne - BSc, MA, PhD
Erclik, Teddy - BSc, PhD
Espie, George - PhD
Fernandez-Gonzalez, Rodrigo - BSc, PhD
Filion, Guillaume - BA, MA
Gazzarrini, Sonia - BA, PhD
Gerlai, Robert - MSc, PhD
Gilbert, Penney - PhD
Godt, Dorothea - MS, DrRerNat
Gonzales-Vigil, Eliana - BS, PhD
Goring, Daphne - PhD
Guttman, David - BS, PhD
Guzzo, Christina - BSc, PhD
Harris, Tony - BSc, PhD
Harrison, Rene - BS, MS, PhD
Hasenkampf, Clare - BSc, MS, PhD
Holmes, Melissa - BA, MA, PhD
Ito Lee, Rutsuko - BA, PhD
Kanelis, Voula - PhD
Kim, Junchul - BSc, MSc, PhD
Koyama, Minoru - BA, MSc, PhD
Lange, Angela - BSc, PhD
Levine, Joel - BA, PhD
Liu, Baohua - BSc, MSc, PhD
Lovejoy, David - PhD
Lovejoy, Nathan Richard - BSc, MS, PhD
Mason, Andrew - MS, PhD
Master, Emma - BSc, PhD
McCourt, Peter - PhD
McFarlane, Heather - DSc
McGowan, Patrick - BSc, MA, PhD
McMillen, David - BSc, MS, PhD
Mitchell, Jennifer - DSc
Monks, Ashley - BSc, MA, PhD
Moses, Alan - BA, PhD
Mott, Adam - BSc, PhD
Nambara, Eiji - MS, PhD
Nash, Joanne - BS, MSc, PhD
Ness, Robert - BSc, PhD
Nguyen Ba, Alex - BSc, PhD
Orchard, Ian - BSc, PhD, DSc
Peever, John - MSc, PhD
Phillips, Michael - BSc, PhD
Plotnikov, Sergey - DSc
Porteus, Cosima Sandra - BSc, MSc, PhD
Provart, Nicholas - PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Reid, Stephen - BS, PhD
Resulaj, Arbora - BASc, PhD
Rhee, Ho-Sung - BS, MS, PhD
Riggs, Dan - BS, PhD
Ringuette, Maurice - BSc, PhD
Senatore, Adriano - BSc, MSc, PhD
Sokolowski, Marla - BSc, PhD, CRC
Stephenson, Richard - BSc, PhD
Stewart, Bryan - BSc, MS, DPhil
Takehara, Kaori - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tepass, Ulrich - MSc, PhD, CRC, FRSC
Terebiznik, Mauricio - BSc, PhD
Thiele, Tod - BS, PhD
Treanor, Bebhinn Lucy - BSc, PhD
Tropepe, Vince - BSc, PhD
Vanlerberghe, Greg - BSc, MSc, PhD
Welch Jr., Ken - BS, MA, PhD
Westwood, Tim - PhD
Winklbauer, Rudolf - MSc, PhD
Woodin, Melanie - MSc, PhD
Yoshioka, Keiko - PhD
Zhao, Rongmin - BSc, PhD
Zhen, Mei - PhD

Members Emeriti

Coleman, John - BSc, PhD
Varmuza, Susannah - BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Members

Fittipaldi, Nahuel Vicente - BS, MS, PhD
Pressey, Jessica - PhD
Saltzman, Arneet - BSc, PhD
Subramaniam, Rajagopal - PhD
Walters, Brandon - BA, MS, 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 CSB1010Y 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

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

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.

    • CSB1011Y PhD Seminar Series (1.0 FCE, minimum 24 seminars per year).

    • A PhD proposal, which involves three components:

      • preparation of a written research proposal

      • presentation to the department and questioning by the public

      • 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 CSB1011Y 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:

    • preparation of a written research proposal

    • presentation to the department and questioning by the public

    • 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 CSB1011Y 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:

    • preparation of a written research proposal

    • presentation to the department and questioning by the public

    • 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.

CSB1010Y0
MSc Seminar Series
CSB1011Y0
PhD Seminar Series
CSB1018H
Advanced Microscopy and Imaging
CSB1020H
Topics in Cell and Systems Biology
CSB1025H
Methods in Genomics and Proteomics
CSB1472H
Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics
CSB1482H
Readings in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics

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