Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

LMP: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Degree Programs

Laboratory Medicine

MHSc

  • Fields:
    • Clinical Embryology;
    • Pathologists' Assistant

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

MSc and PhD

Translational Research in the Health Sciences

MHSc

Combined Degree Programs

Collaborative Specializations

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

Overview

As part of the Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology offers unparalleled access to more than 350 expert faculty including basic scientists, pathobiologists, laboratory physicians, and scientists; outstanding case material; a stunning array of research opportunities; diverse training sites; engaging student-run organizations.

Research Foci

Antimicrobial Resistance: Surveillance and Mechanisms
Bone and Connective Tissue Diseases including Disorders of Mineral Metabolism
Cancer Pathogenesis and Prevention Cardiovascular Disease
Cell-Matrix Interactions
Development: Cell Cycle, Differentiation, Signalling Diabetes
Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Disorders
Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine
Immunopathology and Transplantation
Inflammatory Disorders
Lipid Disorders
Lymphatic Pathobiology
Microbial Pathogenesis
Molecular Biomarkers
Neurodegenerative Disorders
Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Protein Structure and Function
Toxicology
Translational Research
Vascular Cell Biology
Viral Diseases

For details, consult the departmental website.

Contact and Address

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Program

Web: www.lmp.utoronto.ca
Email: lmp.grad@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-2663
Fax: (416) 978-7361

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building
Room 6209, 1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
Canada

Translational Research in the Health Sciences Program

Web: trp.utoronto.ca
Email: trp@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-4474

University of Toronto
Old Administration Building
263 McCaul, Room 120
Toronto, ON, M5T 1W7
Canada

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Abdelhaleem, Mohamed - MSc, MBChB, PhD
Adeli, Khosrow - DipChem, MSc, PhD
Andrulis, Irene - BA, PhD
Aubert, Isabelle - BSc, PhD
Bapat, Bharati - BSc, MSc, PhD
Barber, Dwayne - BSc, PhD
Bartlett, John M.S. - PhD
Bendeck, Michelle - BSc, PhD
Boggs, Joan - MSc, PhD
Bozec, Laurent - BSc, PhD
Branch, Donald - BA, BSc, PhD
Bremner, Roderick Angus - BSc, PhD
Brown, Martha - BSc, MSc, PhD
Brown, Theodore - BSc, PhD
Buchan, Alison - BSc, MASc, PhD
Chandran, Vinod - MBBS, PhD
Coburn, Bryan - BSc, DrMed
Cole, David - BSc, MD, PhD
Connelly, Philip - BA, PhD
Crowcroft, Natasha - BA, MA, MSc, MBBS, PhD
Cutz, Ernest - MD
Cybulsky, Myron - MD
Das, Sunit - DrMed
Dennis, James - PhD
Diamandis, Eleftherios - BSc, MD, PhD
Diamandis, Phedias - BS, MD, PhD
Dirks, Peter Benjamin - MD, PhD
Dittakavi, Sarma - BSc, MSc, PhD
Done, Susan - BA, BCh, MB, MA, MBA, PhD
Drucker, Daniel - MD
Elsholtz, Harry - BSc, MSc, PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Epelman, Slava - MD, DrMed
Fairn, Gregory - BSc, PhD
Gallinger, Steven - MSc, MD
Gilbert, Richard - MBBS, PhD
Girardin, Stephen - BSc, PhD
Gotlieb, Avrum - BSc, MDCM
Grynpas, Marc - MSc, PhD
Hamel, Paul - BSc, PhD
Hamilton, Robert - BSc, MD, PhD
Harrison, Rene - BS, MS, PhD
Hawkins, Cynthia - MD, PhD
Hazrati, Lili-Naz - BSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Hedley, David - MD
Hegele, Richard - MD
Hinek, Aleksander - MD, PhD
Hu, Jim - BSc, PhD
Huang, Annie - MD
Husain, Mansoor - MB, MD
Hwang, David - BSc, MD, PhD
Irwin, David - BSc, PhD
Jamieson, Frances - MD
Jarvi, Keith - MD
Jothy, Serge - MSc, MD, PhD
Juvet, Stephen - DrMed, PhD
Kain, Kevin - MD
Kalia, Lorraine - BSc, MD, PhD
Kalia, Suneil - BSc, MD, PhD
Kamel-Reid, Suzanne - BA, MA, PhD
Kandel, Rita - MD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Kapoor, Mohit - BPhm, MSc, PhD
Khokha, Rama - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kovacs, Gabor - MD, PhD
Laflamme, Michael - BS, MD, PhD
Lee, Jeffrey - BSc, PhD
Lee, Warren - MD, PhD
Levy, Gary - BSc, MD
Licht, Christoph - MD
Lingwood, Clifford - BSc, PhD
Marsden, Philip - MD
Mazzulli, Tony - MD
McCulloch, Christopher - BSc, DDS, PhD
McGeer, Allison - BSc, MSc, MD
McKerlie, Colin - DVSM, DVM
McLaurin, Joanne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Mekhail, Karim - BSc, PhD
Mitchell, Jennifer - DSc
Mogridge, Jeremy - BSc, PhD
Moriarty, Tara - BA, BSc, PhD
Ni, Heyu - MSc, MD, PhD
Ohh, Michael - BSc, PhD
Opas, Michal - MSc, PhD
Ostrowski, Mario - MD
Palaniyar, Nades - MSc, PhD
Post, Martin - PhD
Poutanen, Susan - MPH, MD
Pritzker, Kenneth - BSc, MD
Prud'homme, Gerald - MD
Rajalakshmi, Srinivasan - BSc, MA, PhD
Rand, Margaret - BSc, PhD
Richardson, Susan - BSc, MDCM
Robbins, Clinton Shane - BS, PhD
Robertson, Janice - BSc, PhD
Rosenblum, Norman - MD
Rozakis-Adcock, Maria - BSc, PhD
Rudzicz, Frank - PhD
Rutka, James - BSc, LMCC, MD, PhD
Schmitt-Ulms, Gerold - BSc, MSc, DrRerNat
Scott, James - BSc, PhD
Semple, John - PhD
Seth, Arun - MS, PhD
Shaw, Patricia - SB, MD
Sherman, Philip - MD
Shlien, Adam - BS, PhD
Singh, Karun - PhD
Sivak, Jeremy - PhD
Strauss, Bradley - MD
Swallow, Carol - BA, MD, PhD
Taylor, Michael - BSc, DrMed, PhD
Templeton, Douglas - BSc, MD, PhD
Tenenbaum, Howard - DipPerio, DDS, PhD
Thorner, Paul - MD, DPhil
Tsao, Ming-Sound - BSc, MD
van der Kwast, Theodorus - MD, PhD
Wang, Bo - BS, MS, PhD
Wang, Chen - MD, PhD
Wilson, Gregory - MSc, MD
Winer, Daniel - BS, MD
Wong, Pui-Yuen - BSc, PhD
Yang, Burton - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yousef, George - MSc, MD, PhD
Yucel, Yeni - MD
Yuen, Darren - BSc, MD, PhD
Yuzwa, Scott - BS, PhD
Zacksenhaus, Eldad - PhD
Zhang, Li - MSc, MD, PhD

Members Emeriti

Butany, Jagdish - MBBS, MS
Marks, Alexander - MD, PhD
Shek, Pang - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yeger, Herman - BSc, MScPhm, PhD

Associate Members

Berman, Hal K. - MD, PhD
Bowman, Kerry - BA, BSW, MSW, PhD
Callum, Jeannie - BA, MD
Chadwick, Dianne - BS, MSc, PhD
Chang, Hong - MSc, MD, PhD
Changoor, Adele - BS, MS, PhD
Charames, George - BS, MS, PhD
Chronis-Brown, Pat - BTech, MSc
Dickson, Brendan C. - BSc, MSc, MD
Drabovich, Andrei - MS, PhD
Faragalla, Hala - MS, MD, MBChB
Ferenbok, Joseph - PhD, PhD
Fittipaldi, Nahuel Vicente - BS, MS, PhD
Gao, Andrew - BSc, MSc, MD
Gauda, Estelle - MD
Ghaffar, Hasan - BSc, MD
Gnaneshan, Saravanamuttu - BS, PhD
Greenblatt, Ellen - BSc, MD
Greenfeld, Elena - MD, PhD
Gubbay, Jonathan B. - BSc, MSc, MBBS
Hojilla, Carlo - BS, MD, PhD
Hurtig, Mark - MSc, DVM
Jones, Claire - BSc, MD
Karoubi, Golnaz - BSc, PhD
Keating, Sarah - MSc, MD
Kingdom, John - DipCH, MB, MD
Kongkham, Paul - BSc, MD, PhD
Konvalinka, Ana - DrMed
Kulasingam, Vathany - BSc, PhD
Kus, Julianne - BS, MS, PhD
Lerner-Ellis, Jordan - BS, PhD
Li, Ren-Ke - MHSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Liu, Kimberly - BA, MD
Madjunkova, Svetlana - MSc, MD, PhD
Melano, Roberto - MSc, PhD
Mete, Ozgur - MD
Millar, Adam - BSc, MSc, MD
Moraes, Theo - MD
Moskovtsev, Sergey - MD, PhD
Mubareka, Samira - MD
Mullen, J. Brendan - BSc, MD
Munoz, David - MSc, MD
Ng, Dominic - MD
Nguyen, Lananh - BA, MS, MD
Noor, Abdul - BS, MPH, PhD
Ogawa, Shinichiro - MD, PhD
Parks, William - AB, MD
Pasic, Maria - BS, PhD
Pavenski, Katerina - BSc, MD
Pollanen, Michael - BSc, MD, PhD
Putra, Juan - MD
Radovanovic, Ivan - MD, PhD
Riddell, Robert - LMCC, LRCP, MBBS
Saleeb, Rola - MBChB, PhD
Shapiro, Heather - BSc, MD
Simor, Andrew - MD
Snelgrove, John - BSc, MSc, MD
So, Joyce - MD, PhD
Somers, Gino - MBBS, BMedSc, PhD
Spears, Melanie - BS, PhD
Stavropoulos, Dimitri James - BSc, MSc, PhD
Stockley, Tracy - BSc, PhD
Sung, Hoon-Ki - MS, MD, PhD
Tein, Ingrid - MD
Thu, Kelsie - BSc, PhD
Tran, Vanessa - BSc, PhD
Tsui, Hubert - BSc, MD, PhD
Weinreb, Ilan - MD
Wong, Amy - BS, MS, PhD
Zhang, Lingxin - MBBS

LMP: Laboratory Medicine MHSc

Master of Health Science

Program Description

The Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Laboratory Medicine is a two-year professional (coursework and practicum) master’s degree designed to educate and train highly skilled health laboratory scientists in one of two fields: Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) or Clinical Embryology (CE). The program imparts general core knowledge and skills and the specific basic and applied principles of anatomic pathology or of assisted reproductive technology (ART) required to work as laboratory scientists. These principles are the foundation upon which PAs or CEs develop fundamental applied and practical knowledge and skills to function as competent, high-quality clinical scientists.

The nature of this graduate program equips trainees to apply their knowledge to complex decision making, to serious ethical issues, and to develop a strong sense of personal accountability and intellectual rigour and independence.

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Admission is based on demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, using the following criteria:

    • One-page statement summarizing how this program will contribute to the advancement of the applicant's professional goals, identifying their field of preference.

    • Curriculum vitae (CV).

    • Two letters of reference, one of which should be familiar with the applicant’s scholarly activities.

  • Applicants must have an appropriate BSc degree from a recognized university, with an average of at least B+ in the last two years of study. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in human biological and life sciences, preferably with a major or specialist program in the life sciences. These programs prepare students for the study of biomedical science, for fluency in biomedical terminology, and for critical evaluation of biomedical literature. Courses in human anatomy and physiology are desirable.

    • All potential students will be interviewed prior to final acceptance into the program. The initial selection of students will be based on a combination of their academic record, individual statement, and letters of reference. These students will be asked to participate in an interview with the program coordinator to determine the fit with the program and student’s goals.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of the following tests:

Program Requirements

Field: Clinical Embryology
  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 9.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.0 FCEs taken by all students:

      • LMP2000H Cell and Molecular Biology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2001H Biomedical Research Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2002H Clinical Laboratory Management (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2003H Biomedical Ethics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2004H Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2005Y0 Capstone Project in Laboratory Medicine (1.0 FCE)

      • 0.5 elective FCE chosen from a course offered in LMP or any other graduate department, with approval of the field director.

    • 4.0 FCEs specific to this field:

      • LMP2100H Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Pathology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2102H Foundations in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2103H Reproductive Genetics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2104H Applied Methods in ART (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2105H Innovations in ART (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2106H Current Topics in Causes and Treatment of Infertility (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2107H Applied ART Laboratory Decision Making (0.5 FCE)

      • MSC1008H Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology (0.5 FCE)

    • 1.5 FCEs of practicum courses

      • LMP2108H CE Lab Simulation I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2109H CE Lab Simulation II (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2110H ART Lab Rotations (0.5 FCE)

  • Students who fail a course will be offered remediation in the form of additional readings and assignments by the course director. If a student fails two courses or the offered remediation, they will be required to repeat the year.
Field: Pathologists' Assistant
  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 9.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.0 FCEs taken by all students:

      • LMP2000H Cell and Molecular Biology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2001H Biomedical Research Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2002H Clinical Laboratory Management (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2003H Biomedical Ethics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2004H Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2005Y0 Capstone Project in Laboratory Medicine (1.0 FCE)

      • 0.5 elective FCE chosen from a course offered in LMP or any other graduate department, with approval of the field director.

    • 1.5 FCEs specific to this field:

      • LMP2200H Basic Principles in Human Pathobiology and Pathophysiology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2201H Anatomy and Pathology of Organ Systems (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2208H Biobanking for Research (0.5 FCE).

    • 4.0 FCEs of practicum courses

      • LMP2202H Practicum in Surgical Pathology I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2203H Practicum in Surgical Pathology II (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2204H Practicum in Surgical Pathology III (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2205H Practicum in Surgical Pathology IV (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2206H Practicum in Autopsy Pathology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2207H Practicum in Forensic Pathology I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2209H Practicum in Surgical Pathology V (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP2210H Practicum in Surgical Pathology VI (0.5 FCE).

  • Students who fail a course will be offered remediation in the form of additional readings and assignments by the course director. If a student fails two courses or the offered remediation, they will be required to repeat the year.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time

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

LMP: Laboratory Medicine MHSc Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please check the departmental website for course availability.

Core Courses

LMP2000H Cell and Molecular Biology
LMP2001H Biomedical Research Methods
LMP2002H Clinical Laboratory Management
LMP2003H Biomedical Ethics
LMP2004H Biostatistics
LMP2005Y0 Capstone Project in Laboratory Medicine (prerequisites:
PA field: LMP2200H, LMP2201H, LMP2202H, LMP2203H;
CE field: LMP2100H, LMP2102H, LMP2103H, LMP2104H, MSC1008H)

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

Clinical Embryology Courses

LMP2100H Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Pathology
LMP2102H Foundations in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology)
(prerequisite: LMP2100H)
LMP2103H Reproductive Genetics
(prerequisites: LMP2000H, LMP2100H)
LMP2104H Applied Methods in ART
(prerequisite: LMP2102H)
LMP2105H Innovations in ART
(prerequisites: LMP2000H, LMP2001H, LMP2002H, LMP2003H, LMP2004H, LMP2102H, LMP2103H, LMP2104H)
LMP2106H Current Topics in Causes and Treatment of Infertility
(prerequisites: LMP2100H, LMP2102H)
LMP2107H Applied ART Laboratory Decision Making
(prerequisites: LMP2001H, LMP2003H, LMP2004H, LMP2102H, LMP2104H; corequisite: LMP2105H)
LMP2108H Clinical Embryology Laboratory Simulation I
(prerequisites: LMP2102H, LMP2104H, LMP2107H)
LMP2109H Clinical Embryology Laboratory Simulation II
(prerequisites: LMP2102H, LMP2104H, LMP2107H)
LMP2110H ART Lab Rotations
MSC1008H Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology

Pathologists' Assistant Courses

LMP2200H Basic Principles in Human Pathobiology and Pathophysiology
LMP2201H Anatomy and Pathology of Organ Systems
LMP2202H Practicum in Surgical Pathology I
LMP2203H Practicum in Surgical Pathology II
LMP2204H Practicum in Surgical Pathology III
LMP2205H Practicum in Surgical Pathology IV
LMP2206H Practicum in Autopsy Pathology
LMP2207H Practicum in Forensic Pathology
LMP2208H Biobanking for Research
LMP2209H Practicum in Surgical Pathology V
LMP2210H Practicum in Surgical Pathology VI
LMP2211H Advanced Anatomy Dissection
(prerequisite: LMP2200H)

LMP: Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology MSc

Master of Science

Program Description

The MSc program emphasizes the development of analytical technologies, the application of basic research techniques in biochemistry, cell biology, clinical biochemistry, experimental pathology, genetics, immunology, and molecular biology to the study of mechanisms of cell and tissue injury and the pathogenesis of disease. The program also emphasizes the nature, mechanisms, therapy, and prevention of microbial diseases in humans, as well as the processes by which pathogenic microbes are spread.

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Applicants must have completed, or be about to complete, one of the following:

    • Pathobiology Specialist program

    • an appropriate bachelor's degree in life sciences from a recognized university

    • professional degree (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, or equivalent).

  • A minimum A– average over the final two years of undergraduate study.

  • Two strong letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic work.

  • Detailed curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Statement of intent (approximately 250 words).

  • Research experience evidenced by publications, abstracts, or presentations is an asset.

  • Successful applicants are selected by the departmental admissions committee on the basis of academic excellence.

  • Admission is finalized when a graduate faculty member agrees to supervise the student's research and guarantees a full stipend for the student.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LMP1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE)

    • LMP1001H Student Seminar I (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit) and LMP1002H Student Seminar II (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit).

  • Completion of a thesis (RST9999Y) under the direction of the student's supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee.

  • The research content of the MSc thesis is expected to generate the equivalent of one paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

  • Residence. Students must be on campus and participating for the duration of their registration in the program.

Program Length

5 sessions (2 years) full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

LMP: Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program emphasizes the development of analytical technologies, the application of basic research techniques in biochemistry, cell biology, clinical biochemistry, experimental pathology, genetics, immunology, and molecular biology to the study of mechanisms of cell and tissue injury and the pathogenesis of disease. The program also emphasizes the nature, mechanisms, therapy, and prevention of microbial diseases in humans, as well as the processes by which pathogenic microbes are spread.

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 a BSc degree.

A limited number of selected students may enter the combined degree program in Medicine, Doctor of /Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) subject to admission into both the departmental PhD program and the MD program.

 

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 Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Research experience evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, or presentations is normally required.

  • Three strong letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic work. Normally, one of the referees should be the applicant's research supervisor.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Statement of intent (approximately 250 words).

  • Applicants are selected by the departmental admissions committee on the basis of academic excellence. Admission to the program is finalized when a graduate faculty member agrees to supervise the student's research and guarantees a full stipend for the student.

  • A limited number of selected students may enter the MD/PhD program subject to admission into both the departmental PhD program and the MD program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) as follows:

    • LMP1003H0 Student Seminar III (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • an additional 0.5 elective FCE.

  • The PhD thesis (RST9999Y) is completed under the direction of the candidate's supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee. The PhD thesis must demonstrate a substantial contribution to laboratory medicine and pathobiology, involving a systematic investigation of disease-related hypotheses. The emphasis is on quality of the science and its presentation. The PhD thesis is normally expected to yield the equivalent of three publications in refereed scientific journals.

  • Residence. Students must be on campus and participating for the duration of their registration in the program.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

Transfer applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in the MSc program in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Excellent students with high academic standing (normally a minimum A– average on MSc courses) who have clearly demonstrated the ability to do research at the doctoral level may be considered for transfer to the PhD program. Recommendation of the advisory committee is required.

  • Successfully complete a reclassification transfer exam within 24 months of starting the MSc Program.

  • Successfully complete LMP1001H Student Seminar I and LMP1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice at the master’s level.

  • Be concurrently enrolled in LMP1002H Student Seminar II at the time of writing the reclassification exam.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LMP1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP1001H Student Seminar I (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP1002H Student Seminar II (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP1003H0 Student Seminar III (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • an additional 0.5 elective FCE.

  • The PhD thesis (RST9999Y) is completed under the direction of the candidate's supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee. The candidate normally defends the thesis before a departmental committee, and subsequently before a committee approved by the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates may, with the recommendation of their advisory committee, request a waiver of the departmental defence, subject to approval by the Graduate Coordinator.

  • The PhD thesis must demonstrate a substantial contribution to laboratory medicine and pathobiology, involving a systematic investigation of disease-related hypotheses. The emphasis is on quality of the science and its presentation. The PhD thesis is normally expected to yield the equivalent of three publications in refereed scientific journals.

  • Residence. Students must be on campus and participating for the duration of their registration in the program.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Direct entry is available for highly qualified BSc graduates who have completed the Pathobiology Specialist program or an appropriate undergraduate program in the life sciences from a recognized university with a minimum A average in the final two years and relevant research experience.

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

  • Research experience evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, or presentations is normally required.

  • Three strong letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic work. Normally, one of the referees should be the applicant's research supervisor.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Statement of intent (approximately 250 words).

  • Applicants are selected by the departmental admissions committee on the basis of academic excellence. Admission to the program is finalized when a graduate faculty member agrees to supervise the student's research and guarantees a full stipend for the student.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LMP1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP1001H Student Seminar I (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP1002H Student Seminar II (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP1003H0 Student Seminar III (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • an additional 0.5 elective FCE.

  • The PhD thesis (RST9999Y) is completed under the direction of the candidate's supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee. The candidate normally defends the thesis before a departmental committee, and subsequently before a committee approved by the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates may, with the recommendation of their advisory committee, request a waiver of the departmental defence, subject to approval by the Graduate Coordinator.

  • The PhD thesis must demonstrate a substantial contribution to laboratory medicine and pathobiology, involving a systematic investigation of disease-related hypotheses. The emphasis is on quality of the science and its presentation. The PhD thesis is normally expected to yield the equivalent of three publications in refereed scientific journals.

  • Residence. Students must be on campus and participating for the duration of their registration in the program.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

LMP: Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology MSc, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please check the departmental website for course availability.

LMP1001H Student Seminar I (Credit/No Credit)
LMP1002H Student Seminar II (Credit/No Credit)
LMP1003H0 Student Seminar III (Credit/No Credit)
LMP1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (Credit/No Credit)
LMP1100H (0.25 FCE) Cellular Imaging in Pathobiology
LMP1101H (0.25 FCE) Basic Concepts in Inflammatory/Autoimmune Arthritis
LMP1102H (0.25 FCE) Clinical Concepts in Inflammatory/Autoimmune Arthritis
LMP1103H (0.25 FCE) Tissue Injury, Repair, and Regeneration
LMP1104H (0.25 FCE) Current Understanding of Ischemic Heart Disease
LMP1105H (0.25 FCE) Current Understanding of Atherosclerosis
LMP1106H (0.25 FCE) Molecular Biology Techniques
LMP1107H (0.25 FCE) Bioinformatics in LMP
LMP1108H (0.25 FCE) Genomic Analysis in Medicine
LMP1109H (0.25 FCE) Advanced Concepts in Cancer Biology
LMP1110H (0.25 FCE) Neural Stem Cells: Brain Development and Maintenance
LMP1200H Neoplasia
LMP1201H Research Techniques in Molecular Biology and Pathobiology
LMP1202H Inflammation, Immunity, and Immunopathology of Atherosclerosis
LMP1203H
Analytical Clinical Biochemistry: Basic Principles
LMP1204H Translational Research in Pathobiology
LMP1205H
The Role of Genomics in the Era of Personalized Medicine
LMP1206H
Next Generation Genomics in Clinical Medicine
LMP1207H
Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics, and Their Clinical Applications
LMP1208H
Molecular Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
LMP1209H
Neurodegenerative Disease — Mechanisms, Models, and Methods
LMP1210H Basic Principles of Machine Learning in Biomedical Research
LMP1300Y General and Special Pathology (for Oral Pathology Residents only)

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed, or credit is given when the course is completed.

LMP: Translational Research in the Health Sciences MHSc

Master of Health Science

Program Description

This two-year, course-based program is designed for interprofessional students from diverse backgrounds (such as medicine, life sciences, social sciences, engineering, design, and communications) who want to learn creative problem-solving skills, strategies, and competencies to translate (scientific) knowledge into innovations that improve medicine, health, and care.

Through flexible coursework, team-based, real-world translational challenges, and extensive mentorship and networking, the department facilitates self-directed collaborative “learning by doing”: students gain experience, expertise, and practical insights into development and design processes, regulatory frameworks, and translational networks and strategies to develop, lead, test, and implement innovations. The program’s mission is to challenge students to think differently so that they learn to champion change in their communities and contexts.

This cohort-based program commences in September.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic preparation, references, and motivation. All applicants must demonstrate exceptional scholarly achievement and significant research experience.

  • An appropriate bachelor's (BSc) degree or an MD degree from a recognized university, and academic credentials and background preparation appropriate to the area of study with an A– average in at least three of the four years.

  • Applicants with significant research, industry, or government experience in professional health science or related social science, and/or academic research master’s or PhD are also encouraged to apply.

  • The application must be accompanied by:

    • A current curriculum vitae (CV).

    • A letter of intent or statement of professional goals.

    • Three letters of reference.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of the following English-language proficiency tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or a minimum score of 93/120 on the Internet-based test and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • Tests must be completed in the year prior to application to the program.

  • Deadline for receipt of applications is May 1 for international students and June 1 for domestic students. Admission spots are limited; not all applicants who meet the prerequisites will be admitted. Applicants are screened for eligibility and short-listed applicants will be interviewed.

Program Requirements

  • Within this two-year, five-session program, students must complete a total of 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Year 1:

      • LMP2300Y Foundations in Translational Research (1.0 FCE, Fall and Winter)

      • LMP2320H Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts (0.5 FCE; Winter)

      • LMP2322H Information, Media, and Communication Literacy for the Sciences (0.5 FCE, Fall)

      • LMP2301Y Projects in Translational Research (1.0 FCE, Fall and Winter)

      • LMP2330Y+ Capstone Project in Translational Research (2.0 FCEs, Summer).

    • Years 1 and 2:

      • 2.0 FCEs: eight modular courses (0.25 FCE each).

    • Year 2:

      • LMP2330Y+ Capstone Project in Translational Research (Fall and Winter)

      • 1.0 elective FCE with approval from the Program Director.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

LMP: Translational Research in the Health Sciences MHSc Courses

Required Courses

LMP2300Y
Foundations in Translational Research
LMP2301Y
Projects in Translational Research
LMP2320H
Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts
LMP2322H
Information, Media, and Communication Literacy for the Sciences
LMP2330Y+ (2.0 FCEs) Capstone Project in Translational Research

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Modular Courses (0.25 FCE each)

LMP2340H Project Management I
LMP2341H Project Management II
LMP2342H Intellectual Property Fundamentals
LMP2343H Applied Intellectual Property
LMP2344H Translational Thinking
LMP2345H Procurement, Privacy, and Regulatory Affairs
LMP2346H Grant Writing
LMP2347H Economics of Healthcare
LMP2348H Knowledge Translation and the Community
LMP2349H Student Work and Research Module (SWARM)
LMP2350H Professionalism
LMP2351H Leadership
LMP2352H Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship, and Business Model Design
LMP2353H Introduction to AI in Healthcare
LMP2354H Hacking Network
LMP2355H Business Thinking (Credit/No Credit)
LMP2390H Selected Topics (Credit/No Credit)