Over 250 people work in the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL), from many diverse disciplines including Botany, Biochemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Forest Sciences, Medical Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Land and Food Systems, Neurological Sciences, Statistics and Zoology. Recognized internationally for excellence in research with a focus on interdisciplinary programs, the Michael Smith Laboratories encourages diversity both within its community and areas of study, and plays a leadership role in research and outreach activities to champion the understanding and integration of biotechnology within all aspects of society.
Interdisciplinary training opportunities closely aligned with MSL include graduate programs in Genome Science and Technology and Bioinformatics. In addition, prospective students can apply directly through a variety of other departments listed below depending on their background and research interests.
- Graduate Program in Genome Science and Technology (GSAT): All former CHiBi members are affiliated with this program. Funded research rotations and scholarship/tuition support are available to highly qualified students through an NSERC CREATE training grant.
- Graduate program in Bioinformatics: Drs. Pavlidis and Gsponer. Funded research rotations and scholarship support are available to highly qualified students through an NSERC CREATE grant.
- Graduate program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Drs. Withers, Mayor, Gsponer, Foster.
- Graduate program in Chemistry: Dr. Withers
- Graduate program in Neuroscience: Drs. Pavlidis and Gsponer
- Graduate program in Physics and Astronomy: Dr. Hansen
- Graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Dr. Hansen
- Graduate program in Biomedical Engineering: Dr. Hansen
- Graduate program in Microbiology & Immunology: Dr. Hirst, Dr. Haney
In addition to striving for a leadership position in research, the Michael Smith Laboratories provides talented undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows and research associates a broad range of expertise and modern research equipment along with strong mentorship by our faculty members.
The William & Dorothy Gilbert Graduate Scholarship in the Biomedical Sciences is awarded to doctoral students in recognition for their exceptional accomplishments in the field. Only students who are supervised by core faculty members of the MSL are eligible. For more information, please see Scholarships.