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Students and Faculty of the Dept. of Biochemistry

In the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, graduate students have the opportunity to be trained in leading edge research in the life sciences. You can choose from among 63 research scientists, all of whom have made many contributions to scientific knowledge. These scientists are located at the University’s Medical Sciences Building and at other institutes and hospitals nearby. They offer you the choice of a great diversity of subjects in which to do your graduate training.

You can work on cutting-edge problems of molecular and cell biology, proteomics and bioinformatics, immunology, protein folding and structure-function relationships, gene expression and development, membranology, drug discovery, and the molecular basis of disease. Our laboratory and instrumentation facilities are world class and are continually updated to the most modern requirements including state-of-the-art instruments for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), CD, fluorescence spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, light and electron microscopy, and high-speed computation.

We have a vibrant and exciting graduate program that includes over 100 students working towards M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. This large concentration provides a wonderfully collegial atmosphere and fosters many opportunities for collaborative research. Students belong to a very active and effective Biochemistry Graduate Student Union (BGSU). The BGSU provides essential input into policy decisions within the Graduate Program, organizes the student seminar series, runs career information sessions, and is the heart of the Department’s social activities. Our graduates have an excellent track record of employment within academic and industrial settings and the impending retirement of many faculty during the next decade across Canada suggests that this is a most opportune time to begin graduate training.

We encourage all prospective students to visit our Department, tour our facilities and meet with faculty and graduate students. In addition, all accepted applicants are invited to visit the Department (at our expense) to interview with prospective supervisors.

Thinking of Graduate School?

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies has published a “Guide for Potential Graduate Students” that addresses many of the questions you may be asking yourself.