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2016-2017 Graduate Academic Calendar 
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Applied Bioscience

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Graduate faculty

  • Robert Bailey, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Caroline Barakat-Haddad, BSc (Hons), MES, PhD
  • Yuri Bolshan, PhD
  • Dario Bonetta, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Michelle Bowman, PhD
  • Hendrick de Haan, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Jean-Paul Desaulniers, BSc, PhD
  • Shilpa Dogra, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Brad Easton, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Shari Forbes, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Sean Forrester, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Julia Green-Johnson, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Cecilia Hageman, PhD
  • Douglas Holdway, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Michael Holmes, PhD
  • Holly Jones-Taggart, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Martin Kalmokoff, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Andrea Kirkwood, BES, MSc, PhD
  • Ayush Kumar, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Helene LeBlanc, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Bernadette Murphy, BA, DC, MSc, PhD
  • Julian Northey, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Steven Passmore, PhD
  • Otto Sanchez, MD, MSc, PhD
  • Deborah Saucier, PhD
  • Janice Strap, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Jim Sutcliffe, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Russell Viirre, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Paul Yielder, Dip Ed. DCR(R), PhD

Program information

The primary objective of the Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Applied Bioscience is to train students to become high-quality researchers at the interface between chemistry and biology. The Faculty of Science, with no traditional departments, exposes students to interdisciplinary research, allowing them to gain experience working successfully within collaborative networks. The graduate programs equip students with a wide array of both practical and conceptual scientific skills that prepare them for leadership roles in the life sciences. These goals are achieved through independent research and rigorous interdisciplinary course work. The programs bring together students and faculty from a variety of scientific backgrounds, which further enriches the student learning experience. In addition, in keeping with UOIT's strategic plan, research is aimed at creating innovations that will improve the lives of Canadians.

Graduates from these programs are expected to have a breadth of knowledge in the life sciences, a depth of knowledge in their chosen field, and the scientific and technical skills that are essential for a career in research. It is also expected that graduates will continue to make significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their field and become lifelong scholars with an appreciation of the impact of science on society.

The programs capitalize on the faculty's current research expertise which is reflected in the four fields in the MSc and PhD programs:

  • Biomolecular Science
  • Ecosystem Health
  • Forensic Bioscience
  • Human Health Biology

These fields are interdisciplinary in nature and require students to rely on both chemistry and biology research methods in order to answer specific research questions.

Biomolecular science focuses on the use of molecular and cellular tools to investigate mechanisms of cell function; new approaches for combating infectious organisms and disease; biomaterials and bio-based products; drug discovery, drug formulation and site-specific drug delivery; the mechanisms of action of pharmaceuticals at the cellular and molecular level; and the molecular and cellular aspects of the immune system in response to pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms. Research in this field occurs at the interface of biology and chemistry.

The field of ecosystem health focuses on determining the implications of external toxicants on the health of ecosystems, discovering indicators for environmental problems and developing methods to lessen human exposure to toxicants. In addition, researchers in the program investigate related areas such as environmental microbiology, the pathophysiology of environmental disorders and the micro and macro environmental factors causing cancer. Finally, research in the field focuses on specific environmental problems and the development of solutions that benefit Canadians.

Forensic bioscience is a distinct field that combines special content areas of biological and chemical sciences with training in legal and forensic investigations. National security, bioterrorism and global pandemics are just three examples of areas in which skilled forensic bioscience workers will be in high demand in the future. For many scientists, the field of forensic bioscience crystallizes an area of research at the interface between biology, chemistry, forensic science and legal science.

Human health biology is a field that addresses the basic understanding of human health with a particular emphasis on common human diseases, human movement science, applied physiology and respiratory illnesses. Efforts in this field concentrate on laboratory-based research that will translate into disease prevention and management, health promotion and novel therapeutic interventions. The four main areas of investigation are cancer, neuro-musculoskeletal function, exercise physiology and respiratory health. This field is further characterized by interdisciplinary research at the interface of several complementary core disciplines.

Admission requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate studies at UOIT , Applied Bioscience applicants must meet the following program-specific requirements.

MSc in Applied Bioscience

Hold an honours undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry or related area.

To assist with the assessment of the application, applicants may be asked to provide course numbers, titles and brief descriptions of course content; textbooks used and/or chapters covered; and grades received in relevant areas of study.

Admission depends on the availability of a research supervisor. Applicants should contact the potential supervisor and/or the graduate program director before formally applying.

PhD in Applied Bioscience

Completion of an MSc-level degree in biology, chemistry or related area at a Canadian university or its equivalent.

Prior to being accepted into the program, PhD applicants must be accepted by a professor who specializes in their desired area of research and who is willing to act as a supervisor.

Under exceptional circumstances, MSc students in Applied Bioscience may transfer directly to the PhD program after completing one academic year in the MSc program if the following conditions are met:

  • Completion of a full master's program of course work (three courses worth a total of nine credits), with at least an A-minus average.
  • Strong evidence of research ability.
  • Approval of the direct transfer by the research supervisor(s) and the supervisory committee. The transfer must also be approved by the graduate program director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

See UOIT's policy on transferring from a thesis-based master's to a PhD program  for additional information.

Part-time studies

The MSc and PhD programs are intended to be full-time programs. Therefore, there is currently no part-time enrolment.

Degree requirements

Select a program from the list below for details on degree requirements.



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