University of Toronto (U of T)

Joint PhD Programme

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Joint PhD Programme

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Toronto invite applications for the Joint PhD Programme to begin in Jan. 2020. Prospective candidates will be jointly supervised by a faculty member from each university (Drs. Karen Yuen and Julie Claycomb). Upon successful completion of the programme, the candidates would receive a single PhD certificate awarded by the two institutions.

PhD projects for this programme focus on Gene Regulation and Epigenetics (including, but not limited to: histone modifications, small RNA pathways, and environmental influences on transgenerational inheritance) and utilize interdisciplinary approaches, including Developmental and Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the model nematode C. elegans.

Strong candidates must have a 4-year BSc in Molecular Biology or a related field, with an A- or better average overall. Previous independent research experience is required, and a TOEFL or equivalent score of >93 is necessary for non-native English speakers. Interested candidates should enquire by emailing the faculty members: and
Early Deadline to apply: Sept. 31, 2019
Applications accepted through: Oct. 31, 2019

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Joint PhD Programme