Biomedical & Molecular Sciences
"Pursuing graduate studies in the DBMS has allowed for me to engage in innovative research and has provided me the opportunity to present my findings on the international stage. The DBMS provides an environment that encourages collaboration with numerous researchers with a wide variety of interests and expertise .”
Nikki Philbrook, PhD candidate DBMS
The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS) at Queen’s University offers programs leading to the Master of Science (Anatomical Sciences), Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In the latter two degree programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D) students would choose from one of the five fields of specialization which represent the research strength of the department:
- Biochemistry and Cell Biology
- Experimental Medicine
- Microbes, Immunity, and Inflammation
- Reproduction and Developmental Sciences
- Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology
The Department provides you with the best conditions to develop into an independent, productive, research scientist and offers a dynamic learning environment.
The department provides a cross-disicplinary environment and delivers the programs in a collaborative and integrated manner. This interdisciplinary gives candidates access to over 80 faculty members engaged in a broad spectrum of biomedical research, using techniques to address questions concerning single molecules, cellular/microbial function, organ-systems, and whole-animal biology.
Career paths – employment opportunities
Career opportunities range from education coordinators, research technician, scientist, administrator in academia, private sector (biotechnology pharmaceutical industry, consulting firms), or in the government sector (Health Canada, Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture). Doctorates can pursue academic careers, or careers in the private and public sectors as listed above.
M.Sc. (Anatomical Sciences): 16 months
M.Sc. 2 years, full time
Ph.D.: 4 years, full time
Mini Masters (accelerated entry to Ph.D): 1.5 years
Method of Completion
M.Sc. (Anatomical Sciences): Course work, practicum and report (with defense).
M.Sc. : Course work, seminars,research project and thesis (with oral defense).
Ph.D.: Research and comprehensive exam, thesis & oral defence.
We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying. For more specific research areas of the supervisors see our website.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Research in this field is focused on understanding the fundamental processes of life and human disease at the cellular and molecular level. Areas of expertise include protein structure/function analysis using biophysical techniques, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, enzyme catalytic mechanisms, cell signalling pathways, cytoskeletal proteins, gene expression regulation and metabolism.
Faculty: J. Allingham, B. Banfield, M. G.Blennerhassett, S. P.C. Cole, G. P. Cote, A. Craig, S. K. Davey, P. L. Davies, P. A. Greer, B. C. Hill, Z. Jia, G. Jones, F. W. K. Kan, A. S. Mak, R. J. Oko, P. M. Petkovich, S. P. Smith, V. Walker.
Researchers in this field employ interdisciplinary methods to explore the processes responsible for both the normal and diseased state. This includes the mechanisms underlying disorders of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nervous, respiratory, and urogenital systems, as well as cancer. Molecular, cellular- and/or systems-based approaches are used to investigate cellular or animal models of disease as well as patient populations.
Faculty: M. A. Adams, J. Allingham, R. D. Andrew, A. M. Baranchuk, B. M. Bennett, M. J. Beyak, M. G. Blennerhassett, G. Blohm, I. Brockhausen, A. Craig, B. A. Croy, E. C. Dumont, A. Ellis, P. A. Greer, A. V. Ferguson, J. T. Fisher, M.F. Fitzpatrick, L. Flynn, C. D. Funk, I. Gilron, C. H. Graham, A. Y. Jin, C. J. Justinich, M. D. Kawaja, A. E. G. Lomax, M. D. Lougheed, R. J. MacLeod, N. S. Magoski, D. H. Maurice, C. R. Mueller, D. P. Munoz, C. J. Nicol, D. O’Donnell, S. C. Pang, M. Pare, C. M. Parker, W. G. Paterson, E. O. Petrof, D. P. Redfearn, F. Rivest, D. R. Siemens, C. Tayade, D. A. Van Vugt, C. A. Ward, S. Zhang.
Microbes, Immunity and Inflammation
Research in this field focuses on fundamental questions at the cellular and molecular level involving viral and bacterial organisms and the immune system. Research areas include pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms, inflammatory responses associated with infection, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and advances in therapeutic strategies including drug and vaccine development.
Faculty: B. Banfield, S. Basta, M. G.Blennerhassett, E. B. Carstens, A. Daugulis, A. Ellis, K. Gee, K. F. Jarrell, A. Majury, N. L. Martin, J. Martinez-Cajas, E. O. Petrof, R. K. Poole, L. Raptis, V. Walker, W. Wobeser, D. E. Zoutman.
Reproduction and Developmental Sciences
Research in this field spans clinical and basic science, with a focus on fertilization and embryo implantation, perinatal health, women’s health, pregnancy complications, sexual dysfunction, and fetal and maternal programming. Studies are conducted at the level of select patient populations, whole animal models, and in vitro systems.
Faculty: B.A. Croy, R. Easteal, C.H. Graham, F.W.K.Khan, L. Mackenzie, R.J.Oko, T.R.S. Ozolins, S.C. Pang, C. Reifel, G.N. Smith, C.Taade, L.M. Winn
Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology
The focus of this field is on the effects, both beneficial and deleterious, of chemicals including drugs and environmental contaminants, on human health. Studies are conducted at levels ranging from specific target molecules to intact organisms and can be directed towards specific diseases, organs, organ systems, or disease processes
Faculty: M. A. Adams, B. M. Bennett, J.F. Brien, S. P.C. Cole, A. Ellis, I. Gilron, T. E. Massey, D. H. Maurice, K. Nakatsu, C.J. Nicol, T. R.S. Ozolinš, E. O. Petrof, J. N. Reynolds, M. Szewczuk, L. M. Winn.
Basic Funding Package including teaching assistantships.
M.Sc (research): minimum $19,000 per year
Ph.D.: minimum $21,000 per year
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships such as NSERC, OGS, CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation and other organisations. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 (Masters) or $7,500 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.
M.Sc.(anatomical sciences): recognized honours degree with a background in Biology or Health Sciences or equivalent professional degrees (BN.Sc., B.Sc. PT).
M. Sc.(research): Second class standing in an honours bachelor’s degree.
Ph.D.: A Master’s degree is normally required for admission to the Ph.D program although in certain circumstances direct admission to the Ph.D program is possible.
An offer of admission to the M.Sc (research) or Ph.D programs depends upon the matching of a supervisor in a laboratory in your areas of interest. If required, a TOEFL total score of at least 550 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 1st.
The deadline is flexible for M.Sc. and Ph.D candidates but fixed for M.Sc. (Anatomical Sciences).
NB: The Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance for the DBMS program approval is pending