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 Ki​ng'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

LMP: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Abdelhaleem, Mohamed - MSc, MBChB, PhD
Adeli, Khosrow - DipChem, MSc, PhD
Andrulis, Irene - BA, PhD
Asa, Sylvia - MD
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
Boyd, Shelley - BM
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
Cole, David - BSc, MD, PhD
Connelly, Philip - BA, PhD
Crowcroft, Natasha - BA, MA, MSc, MBBS, PhD
Cutz, Ernest - MD
Cybulsky, Myron - MD
Dabdoub, Alain - BSc
Das, Sunit - DrMed
Delabie, Jan - MD, PhD
Dennis, James - PhD
Diamandis, Eleftherios - BSc, MD, PhD
Dirks, Peter Benjamin - MD, PhD
Dittakavi, Sarma - BSc, MSc, PhD
Done, Susan - BA, MA, MBA, BCh, MB, PhD
Drucker, Daniel - MD
Elsholtz, Harry - BSc, MSc, 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
Harrison, Robert - PhD, DSc
Hawkins, Cynthia - 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
Joshi-Sukhwal, Sadhna - BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc
Jothy, Serge - MSc, MD, PhD
Kain, Kevin - MD
Kalia, Lorraine - BSc, MD, PhD
Kamel-Reid, Suzanne - BA, MA, PhD
Kandel, Rita - MD (Chair)
Khokha, Rama - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kingdom, John - DipCH, MB, MD
Kovacs, Gabor - MD, PhD
Lazarus, Alan - PhD
Lee, Warren - MD, PhD
Levy, Gary - BSc, MD
Lingwood, Clifford - BSc, PhD
MacParland, Sonya - BS, MS, 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
Mogridge, Jeremy - BSc, PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Moriarty, Tara - BA, BSc, PhD
Ni, Heyu - MSc, MD, PhD
O'Brien, Catherine - BSc, MSc, DrMed, PhD
Ohh, Michael - BSc, PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Opas, Michal - MSc, PhD
Ostrowski, Mario - MD
Palaniyar, Nades - MSc, PhD
Post, Martin - PhD
Pritzker, Kenneth - BSc, MD
Prud'homme, Gerald - MD
Rajalakshmi, Srinivasan - BSc, MA, PhD
Rand, Margaret - BSc, PhD
Reber, Michael - PhD
Richardson, Susan - BSc, MDCM
Robbins, Clinton Shane - BS, PhD
Robertson, Janice - BSc, PhD
Rosenblum, Norman - MD
Rozakis-Adcock, Maria - BSc, PhD
Rutka, James - BSc, LMCC, MD, PhD
Schmitt-Ulms, Gerold - BSc, MSc, DrRerNat
Schuurmans, Carol - PhD
Semple, John - PhD
Seth, Arun - MS, PhD
Shaw, Patricia - SB, MD
Sherman, Philip - MD
Shlien, Adam - BS, 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, Chen - MD, PhD
Wilson, Gregory - MSc, MD
Winer, Daniel - BS, MD
Wong, Pui-Yuen - BSc, PhD
Yang, Burton - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yeger, Herman - BSc, MScPhm, 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

Marks, Alexander - MD, PhD
Shek, Pang - BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Members

Berman, Hal K. - MD, PhD
Callum, Jeannie - BA, MD
Chandran, Vinod - MBBS, PhD
Chang, Hong - MSc, MD, PhD
Changoor, Adele - BS, MS, PhD
Dickson, Brendan C. - BSc, MSc, MD
Drabovich, Andrei - MS, PhD
Fattouh, Ramzi - BS, PhD
Fittipaldi, Nahuel Vicente - BS, MS, PhD
Foty, Richard - PhD, PhD
Gandhi, Rajiv - BSc, MSc, MD
Gao, Andrew - BSc, MSc, MD
Ghaffar, Hasan - BSc, MD
Gnaneshan, Saravanamuttu - BS, PhD
Hamilton, Scot - BS, MS, PhD
Johnstone, Jennie - BSc, MD, PhD
Kalia, Suneil - BSc, MD, PhD
Keating, Sarah - MSc, 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
Licht, Christoph - MD
Melano, Roberto - MSc, PhD
Mete, Ozgur - MD
Moraes, Theo - MD
Munoz, David - MSc, MD
Ng, Dominic - MD
Nguyen, Lananh - BA, MS, MD
Parks, William - AB, MD
Pasic, Maria - BS, PhD
Pavenski, Katerina - BSc, MD
Petrich, Astrid - BSc, PhD
Pollanen, Michael - BSc, MD, PhD
Poutanen, Susan - MPH, MD
Radovanovic, Ivan - MD, PhD
Riddell, Robert - LMCC, LRCP, MBBS
Rouzbahman, Marjan - MD
Saleeb, Rola - MBChB, PhD
Shrestha, Annie - MSc, BDS, PhD
Simor, Andrew - MD
Somers, Gino - MBBS, BMedSc, PhD
Spears, Melanie - BS, PhD
Stavropoulos, Dimitri James - BSc, MSc, PhD
Sung, Hoon-Ki - MS, MD, PhD
Tein, Ingrid - MD
Vasconcelos, Sara - PhD
Visanji, Naomi - BS, PhD
Waters, Valerie - MD
Wong, Amy - BS, MS, PhD

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:

      • LMP 2000H Cell and Molecular Biology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2001H Biomedical Research Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2002H Clinical Laboratory Management (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2003H Biomedical Ethics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2004H Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2005Y0 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:

      • LMP 2100H Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Pathology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2102H Foundations in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2103H Reproductive Genetics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2104H Applied Methods in ART (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2105H Innovations in ART (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2106H Current Topics in Causes and Treatment of Infertility (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2107H Applied ART Laboratory Decision Making (0.5 FCE)

      • MSC 1008H Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology (0.5 FCE)

    • 1.5 FCEs of practicum courses

      • LMP 2108H CE Lab Simulation I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2109H CE Lab Simulation II (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2110H 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:

      • LMP 2000H Cell and Molecular Biology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2001H Biomedical Research Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2002H Clinical Laboratory Management (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2003H Biomedical Ethics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2004H Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2005Y0 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:

      • LMP 2200H Basic Principles in Human Pathobiology and Pathophysiology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2201H Anatomy and Pathology of Organ Systems (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2208H Biobanking for Research (0.5 FCE)

    • 4.0 FCEs of practicum courses

      • LMP 2202H Practicum in Surgical Pathology I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2203H Practicum in Surgical Pathology II (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2204H Practicum in Surgical Pathology III (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2205H Practicum in Surgical Pathology IV (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2206H Practicum in Autopsy Pathology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2207H Practicum in Forensic Pathology I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2209H Practicum in Surgical Pathology V (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2210H 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

​LMP 2000H Cell and Molecular Biology
​LMP 2001H Biomedical Research Methods
​LMP 2002H Clinical Laboratory Management
​LMP 2003H Biomedical Ethics​​​
LMP 2004H Biostatistics
LMP 2005Y0 Capstone Project in Laboratory Medicine (prerequisites:
PA field: LMP 2200H, LMP 2201H, LMP 2202H, LMP 2203H;
CE field: LMP 2100H, LMP 2102H, LMP 2103H, LMP 2104H, MSC 1008H)

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

Clinical Embryology Courses

​LMP 2100H Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Pathology
​LMP 2102H ​Foundations in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology)
(prerequisite: LMP 2100H)
​LMP 2103H ​Reproductive Genetics
(prerequisites: LMP 2000H, LMP 2100H)
​LMP 2104H ​Applied Methods in ART
(prerequisite: LMP 2102H)
​LMP 2105H ​Innovations in ART
(prerequisites: LMP 2000H, LMP 2001H, LMP 2002H, LMP 2003H, LMP 2004H, LMP 2102H, LMP 2103H, LMP 2104H)
​LMP 2106H ​Current Topics in Causes and Treatment of Infertility
(prerequisites: LMP 2100H, LMP 2102H)
​LMP 2107H ​Applied ART Laboratory Decision Making
(prerequisites: LMP 2001H, LMP 2003H, LMP 2004H, LMP 2102H, LMP 2104H; corequisite: LMP 2105H)
​​LMP 2108H ​Clinical Embryology Laboratory Simulation I
(prerequisites: LMP 2102H, LMP 2104H, LMP 2107H)
LMP 2109H Clinical Embryology Laboratory Simulation II
(prerequisites: LMP 2102H, LMP 2104H, LMP 2107H)
LMP 2110H ART Lab Rotations
MSC 1008H Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology

Pathologists' Assistant Courses

LMP 2200H Basic Principles in Human Pathobiology and Pathophysiology
LMP 2201H Anatomy and Pathology of Organ Systems
LMP 2202H Practicum in Surgical Pathology I
LMP 2203H Practicum in Surgical Pathology II
LMP 2204H Practicum in Surgical Pathology III
LMP 2205H Practicum in Surgical Pathology IV
LMP 2206H Practicum in Autopsy Pathology
LMP 2207H Practicum in Forensic Pathology
LMP 2208H Biobanking for Research
LMP 2209H Practicum in Surgical Pathology V
LMP 2210H Practicum in Surgical Pathology VI

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. Departmental appraisal forms must be used.

  • 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:

    • LMP 1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE)

    • LMP 1001H Student Seminar I (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit) and LMP 1002H Student Seminar II (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit).

  • Completion of a thesis (RST 9999Y) 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. Departmental appraisal forms must be used. 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:

    • LMP 1003H0 Student Seminar III (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • an additional 0.5 elective FCE.

  • The PhD thesis (RST 9999Y) 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 LMP 1001H Student Seminar I and LMP 1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice at the master’s level.

  • Be concurrently enrolled in LMP 1002H 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:

    • LMP 1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP 1001H Student Seminar I (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP 1002H Student Seminar II (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP 1003H0 Student Seminar III (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • an additional 0.5 elective FCE.

  • The PhD thesis (RST 9999Y) 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. Departmental appraisal forms must be used. 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:

    • LMP 1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP 1001H Student Seminar I (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP 1002H Student Seminar II (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • LMP 1003H0 Student Seminar III (0.5 FCE; Credit/No Credit)

    • an additional 0.5 elective FCE.

  • The PhD thesis (RST 9999Y) 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.

LMP 1001H Student Seminar I (Credit/No Credit)
LMP 1002H Student Seminar II (Credit/No Credit)
LMP 1003H0 Student Seminar III (Credit/No Credit)
LMP 1005H Fundamentals of Research Practice (Credit/No Credit)
LMP 1100H (0.25 FCE) Cellular Imaging in Pathobiology
LMP 1101H (0.25 FCE) Basic Concepts in Inflammatory/Autoimmune Arthritis
LMP 1102H (0.25 FCE) Clinical Concepts in Inflammatory/Autoimmune Arthritis
LMP 1103H (0.25 FCE) Tissue Injury, Repair, and Regeneration
LMP 1104H (0.25 FCE) Current Understanding of Ischemic Heart Disease
LMP 1105H (0.25 FCE) Current Understanding of Atherosclerosis
LMP 1106H (0.25 FCE) Molecular Biology Techniques
LMP 1107H (0.25 FCE) Bioinformatics in LMP
LMP 1108H (0.25 FCE) Genomic Analysis in Medicine
LMP 1109H (0.25 FCE) Advanced Concepts in Cancer Biology
LMP 1110H (0.25 FCE) Neural Stem Cells: Brain Development and Maintenance
LMP 1200H Neoplasia​​​
LMP 1201H Research Techniques in Molecular Biology and Pathobiology
LMP 1202H Inflammation, Immunity, and Immunopathology of Atherosclerosis
​LMP 1203H
​Analytical Clinical Biochemistry: Basic Principles
LMP 1204H Translational Research in Pathobiology
​LMP 1205H
​The Role of Genomics in the Era of Personalized Medicine
​LMP 1206H
​Next Generation Genomics in Clinical Medicine
​LMP 1207H
​Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics, and Their Clinical Applications
​LMP 1208H
​Molecular Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
​LMP 1209H
​Neurodegenerative Disease — Mechanisms, Models, and Methods
LMP 1300Y 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:

      • LMP 2300Y Foundations in Translational Research (1.0 FCE, Fall and Winter)

      • ​LMP 2320H Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts (0.5 FCE; Winter)

      • LMP 2322H Information, Media, and Communication Literacy for the Sciences (0.5 FCE, Fall)

      • LMP 2301Y Projects in Translational Research (1.0 FCE, Fall and Winter)

      • LMP 2330Y+ 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:

      • LMP 2330Y+ 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

LMP 23​00Y
​Foundations in Translational Research
LMP 23​01Y
Projects in Translational Research
LMP 2320H​
Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts
​LMP 2322H
Information, Media, and Communication Literacy for the Sciences
LMP 23​30Y+ (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

LMP 23​40H (0.25 FCE) ​Project Management I
LMP 23​41H (0.25 FCE) Project Management II
LMP 2342H (0.25 FCE)​ Intellectual Property Fundamentals
​LMP 2343H (0.25 FCE) Applied Intellectual Property
LMP 2344H (0.25 FCE) Translational Thinking
LMP 2345H (0.25 FCE) Procurement, Privacy, and Regulatory Affairs
LMP 2346H (0.25 FCE) Grant Writing
LMP 2347H (0.25 FCE) Economics of Healthcare
LMP 2348H (0.25 FCE) Knowledge Translation and the Community
LMP 2349H (0.25 FCE) Student Work and Research Module (SWARM)
LMP 2350H (0.25 FCE) Professionalism
LMP 2351H (0.25 FCE) Leadership
LMP 2352H (0.25 FCE) Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship, and Business Model Design
LMP 2353H (0.25 FCE) Introduction to AI in Healthcare
LMP 2354H (0.25 FCE) Hacking Network