Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Ambitious students looking to broaden their horizons through a wide range of cutting-edge research should consider the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD Thesis) degree. The research-based program ranges from biochemistry and molecular research to cellular and developmental biology, as well as genetics, immunology and bioinformatics. It also includes applications to cancer and clinical research. Following a previous degree, the program may take up to six years of full-time study. Students will enjoy practicing science in a setting that combines the amenities of a large city with the outdoor leisure activities of the nearby Rocky Mountains.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics may include analysis of eukaryotic genomes, control of gene expression, cytogenetics, metabolic genetics and more.
  • Research Ethics: Students are required to attend Research Integrity Day sessions in the first year of their program.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Seminars: Student participate in a journal club and work-in-progress seminars for their research group, and will present one seminar per year.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.

Specializations

Bioinformatics

Outcomes

Academic research; post-secondary and secondary teaching; industry research and consulting; business consulting, analytics, management, sales, research and marketing; scientific writing; IP and patent law; medicine (lab tech; physician; clinical scientist); veterinary medicine.

A PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology is usually considered a final degree; some graduates go on to post-doctoral research.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Courses

Three core courses and one to two electives

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Janice Braun

    Accepting Inquiries
    Molecular Chaperones and Neurodegeneration
  2. William Brook

    Accepting Inquiries
  3. George Chaconas

    Accepting Inquiries
    Molecular Biology of the Lyme Disease Spirochete
  4. Sarah Childs

    Accepting Inquiries
    Genetics of blood vessel development; precision medicine; developmental biology, Vascular patterning, Vascular stabilization, microRNA control of smooth muscle differentiation, The zebrafish model
  5. James Cross

    Unavailable
    Developmental and reproductive biology
  6. Ina Dobrinski

    Unavailable
    Biology of male germ line stem cells
  7. Tao Dong

    Seeking Students
    Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Biochemistry
  8. Antoine Dufour

    Unavailable
    Proteomics, proteases, systems biology, inflammation, immunity
  9. Aaron Goodarzi

    Unavailable
    DNA damage repair, Radiation Biology, Chromatin Dynamics, Cell Biology, Project #1 - SNM1 nuclease-mediated DNA repair, Project 2 - Chromatin remodeling in oxidative DNA damage responses, Project 3 - Alpha-particle-induced DNA damage
  10. Steven Greenway

    Accepting Inquiries
    Cell-free DNA, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Microbiome

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

An MSc degree or equivalent. from a recognized institution.

Work samples

None

Documents

  • A current C.V.

Reference letters

Three

Test scores

None


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 7.5 (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 86, or higher
  • PTE score of 75, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: June 1 application deadline
  • International students: Apr. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Oct. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Aug. 1 application deadline

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Mar. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 application deadline

For admission on July 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: May 1 application deadline
  • International students: Feb. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Health Sciences Centre
HSC G345B, 3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
403.210.7051

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

 

Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Visit the Cumming School of Medicine website

 



Highlights of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

These stories from those involved in the program show what it's like to be involved yourself.

Carla Davidso

Carla Davidson, Owner - Endeavour Scientific Management and Consulting

"I learned a combination of critical thinking, clear communication and broad experience. My graduate degree gave me the willingness to start my own business."

Kevin Thorneloe

Kevin Thorneloe, Director - Biopharm Translational Medicine

"The critical thinking skills I acquired during my PhD has been the foundation of my career in the pharmaceutical industry."

Nima Najand

Nima Najand, Technology Analyst - Innovate Calgary

"UCalgary has been instrumental in providing me with skills to succeed in careers outside academia."