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A Supportive Culture 

Located in beautiful British Columbia, the Michael Smith Laboratories is the perfect place for biotechnology research. The Michael Smith Laboratories has built a supportive infrastructure that enables unique opportunities for academic and personal advancement. Here at the Michael Smith Laboratories, we use an interdisciplinary model. Our diverse clusters of over 300 researchers from different faculties work together, exchanging ideas and expertise, to discover innovative solutions to research problems of societal importance. The Michael Smith Laboratories encourages researchers to think creatively, connect with the community, and strive for research excellence.

Whether you are looking to join us through our Genome Science and Technology (GSAT) graduate program or our Bioinformatics graduate program, the Michael Smith Laboratories has a unique program to jump-start your passion in biotechnology. We also offer outreach programs to every age through our Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory. Learn more about what programs are available at the Michael Smith Laboratories.

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Genome Science + Technology (GSAT) Graduate Program

Program Features:

  • M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs
  • Full graduate stipends available
  • First year research rotations
  • Access to leading edge technology
  • Graduate courses in genome sciences
  • Entrance scholarships available to qualified students

This innovative field of research and training brings together modern technologies and methods with current research in human health and medicine, natural and environmental sciences and bio-engineering to provide students with critical concepts central to technology development, innovation and application.

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Bioinformatics Graduate Program

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students doing research in the field of bioinformatics. This interdisciplinary graduate program, administered by the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, combines training in both biological and computational methodologies.

The strategic objectives of the program are:

  • To build on BC’s growing reputation and excellence as a leader in bioinformatics, genomics and population-based approaches to health care
  • To integrate bioinformatics with basic biology to further the current research excellence in other life science sectors in the province

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Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory

Education and outreach are the cornerstones for the Michael Smith Laboratories vision. We give back to the community through our outreach programs offered through the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory (AMBL). The AMBL is a fully equipped research lab that specializes in educational programs for all ages. It offers a superb learning environment complete with state-of-the-art equipment.

The outreach programs at the AMBL centre on a mandate to train scientists of all ages (university students, faculty, and industry professionals) and to inform the public at large on the societal, cultural, economic, political, and ethical nuances of the sciences. As well, AMBL has made a name for itself by often using creative and unconventional avenues of science communication and education, particularly where the intersection of science and other disciplines is explored.

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