Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physiology: Chemical Biology

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Offered by: Physiology     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

The Graduate Option in Chemical Biology is centered on the pursuit of an original research project under the direction of one or more program mentors. This research training is augmented by student participation in lecture and seminar courses and in a series of thematic workshops, all of which are designed to expose students to the diverse approaches and research issues that characterize the current state of the field. Students with training in this interdisciplinary approach will be highly qualified to seek careers in academic research as well as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (11 credits)

  • BIOC 610 Seminars in Chemical Biology 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biochemistry : First multidisciplinary seminar in chemical biology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open only to students registered for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. Graduate Option in Chemical Biology.

  • BIOC 611 Seminars in Chemical Biology 3 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Third multidisciplinary seminar in chemical biology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open only to students registered for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. Graduate Option in Chemical Biology.

  • BIOC 689 Seminars in Chemical Biology 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Second multidisciplinary seminar in chemical biology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open only to students registered for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. Graduate Option in Chemical Biology. Not open to students who have taken CHEM 689.

  • BIOC 690 Seminars in Chemical Biology 4 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Fourth multidisciplinary seminar in chemical biology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open only to students registered for the M.Sc. or Ph.D. Graduate Option in Chemical Biology. Not open to students who have taken CHEM 690.

  • PHGY 604 Responsible Conduct in Research

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : This course provides students with information on the following areas: 1) an ethics overview; 2) scientific conduct and misconduct; 3) research authorship and peer review; and 4) research on human and animal subjects.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: John H White (Fall)

    • Students having taken this course during the M.Sc. in Physiology will not be obliged to re-take the course if transferring to the Ph.D.

  • PHGY 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : The Ph.D. comprehensive exam will be completed between 12-18 months of commencing the program and is designed to ensure that the student's research encompasses the i) acquisition of a comprehensive knowledge of scientific literature; ii) the development of experimental skills and technical expertise with a deep understanding of the experimental design thus iii) ensuring a high degree of scholarship in the thesis submission.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • PHGY 703 Ph.D. Progress Seminar 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : The Progress Seminar is a "work in progress" seminar on what the student has accomplished to date. Following completion of the comprehensive exam, the seminar should be presented to the student's supervisory committee as a formal presentation of approximately 30 minutes followed by a question and discussion period.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John H White (Fall) John H White (Winter)

  • PHGY 704 Ph.D. Progress Seminar 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : A "work in progress" seminar, intended as a report on student progress following the Thesis Proposal Seminar.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John H White (Fall) John H White (Winter)

  • PHGY 720 Ph.D. Seminar Course 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : Required for Ph.D. students. Coordinated in conjunction with the weekly Departmental seminar series, students will meet for one hour before each seminar to critically discuss papers on the subject of the weekly seminar. Students will take turns introducing the papers and leading discussions on an overview of the research topic, some of the methodologies, results and conclusions.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Orlowski (Fall)

  • PHGY 721 Ph.D. Seminar Course 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : Required for Ph.D. students. Coordinated in conjunction with the weekly Departmental seminar series, students will meet for one hour before each seminar to critically discuss papers on the subject of the weekly seminar. Students will take turns introducing the papers and leading discussions on an overview of the research topic, some of the methodologies, results and conclusions.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Orlowski (Fall) John Orlowski (Winter)

  • PHGY 722 Ph.D. Seminar Course 3 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : Required for Ph.D. students. Coordinated in conjunction with the weekly Departmental seminar series, students will meet for one hour before each seminar to critically discuss papers on the subject of the weekly seminar. Students will take turns introducing the papers and leading discussions on an overview of the research topic, some of the methodologies, results and conclusions.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Orlowski (Fall) John Orlowski (Winter)

  • PHGY 723 Ph.D. Seminar Course 4 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : Required for Ph.D. students. Coordinated in conjunction with the weekly Departmental seminar series, students will meet for one hour before each seminar to critically discuss papers on the subject of the weekly seminar. Students will take turns introducing the papers and leading discussions on an overview of the research topic, some of the methodologies, results and conclusions.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Orlowski (Fall) John Orlowski (Winter)

  • PHGY 724 Ph.D. Seminar Course 5 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Medicine)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Physiology : Required for Ph.D. students. Coordinated in conjunction with the weekly Departmental seminar series, students will meet for one hour before each seminar to critically discuss papers on the subject of the weekly seminar. Students will take turns introducing the papers and leading discussions on an overview of the research topic, some of the methodologies, results and conclusions.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Orlowski (Fall) John Orlowski (Winter)

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits from the following:

  • CHEM 502 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : This course will cover biologically relevant molecules, particularly nucleic acids, proteins, and their building blocks. In each case, synthesis and biological functions will be discussed. The topics include synthesis of oligonucleotides and peptides; chemistry of phosphates; enzyme structure and function; coenzymes, and enzyme catalysis; polyketides; antiviral and anticancer agents.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Christopher Thibodeaux, Alexander Wahba (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: CHEM 302

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CHEM 402.

  • CHEM 503 Drug Discovery (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the overall drug discovery process. The main focus of the course will be on medicinal chemistry, synthesis and catalysis, as they relate to large-scale production of pharmaceutical agents. However, other aspects of drug discovery, including structural research (e.g. NMR, X-ray), biochemistry, drug metabolism and bioavailability will also be included.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Youla S Tsantrizos (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite(s): CHEM 302 and one of BIOL 200 or CHEM 332, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: U3 and graduate students. Students can register only with permission of coordinators.

  • PHAR 503 Drug Discovery and Development 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Chemistry, mechanisms of action, and steps in drug discovery and development.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Lisa Munter, Jean-Sébastien Joyal, Pedro Rosa, Dusica Maysinger, Karen Meerovitch, Timothy Geary (Fall)

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