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The University of Toronto is a major centre for research in large-scale, quantiative and computational biology. Research in these areas goes on in a large number of departments and institutes. The Collaborative Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics is the PhD program that brings all of them together.

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics is a graduate collaborative program and not a graduate degree program. What this means is that applicants wishing to join must first apply to and register in the Ph.D. program of one of the collaborating graduate departments. More information is available in the Admission section. To download an application, please visit the School of Graduate Studies web site. You must send your graduate application form to one of the collaborating graduate programs. There is a section on the form where you can indicate which collaborative program you wish to join. Once accepted into a Ph.D. degree program, you can then apply for admission to Collaborative Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics. Students admitted to Program must follow a program of study that meets the requirements of both the collaborating department and Collaborative Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics.

The requirements of the program for students are as follows: note that the the two GBB-mounted courses, JTB2010 and JTB2020, may be used to fulfill departmental Ph.D. requirements, as indicated in Appendix 1 of the GBB OCGS Appraisal Brief.

  • Course: One of JTB2010 - Proteomics and Functional Genomics, JBB2026 - Protein Structure, Folding and Design, EEB1460H, formerly JZB1521H - Molecular Evolution, JBZ1472 - Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics, CHE1125H - Modeling & Optimization of Chemical and Biochemical Networks. Courses not listed will be considered as acceptable alternates by the Program Committee on a case by case basis. Requests should be submitted along with the syllabus of the course in question to the Director.
  • Course: One of JTB2020 - Applied Bioinformatics, CSC2417 - Algorithms for Genome Analysis, CSC2418 - Computational Structural Biology, CSC2515 - Machine Learning, BME1458 - Pattern Discovery Methods for Biomedical Engineering. Courses not listed will be considered as acceptable alternates by the Program Committee on a case by case basis. Requests should be submitted along with the syllabus of the course in question to the Director.
  • Collaborative Traineeship: Students in the Program are required to spend roughly 2-4 months in a collaborator of a Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics faculty member's laboratory. The idea is to learn complementary techniques and methods from this member's lab and apply them towards the student's own PhD project. The 2-4 months may be in non-continuous chunks of time. The goal is to generate data/results for a joint publication, but this is not a requirement
  • Participation in a yearly retreat
  • Participation in a seminar series.


The Collaborative Program goals may be gleaned from the Policy document.

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