M.Sc. and Ph.D. Systems Biology

Cancer is an extremely complex disease in which several aspects of normal cellular function are disrupted. Thus, the classical approach in research, based on the study of a single gene or a single function at a time, is not sufficient to effectively fight the disease.

However, in the era of genomics and proteomics, emerging technologies and new multidisciplinary approaches are now allowing us to address cancer as a whole and provides new hope for developing treatments against the disease.

Given the complexity of contemporary biological problems, specifically with regards to cancer, it is crucial for students to gain solid multidisciplinary research training before embarking on a career in science. This training should focus on both the key concepts underlying the various fields of biology and the diversity of modern technology approaches.

With this in mind, IRIC has established a new M.Sc. and Ph.D. program in Systems Biology. Integrated into the Université de Montréal’s Molecular Biology program, the curriculum builds on a tight integration between theory and practice. Students can choose from a wide variety of projects from the molecular genetics of cancer and stem cells to signaling pathways and the immune system, to proteomics and bioinformatics.


Graduate programs in Molecular Biology, Systems Biology option, aim to provide theoretical and practical training focused on cancer research.

  • You will understand and adapt to the current issues and technological realities of the biomedical sector;
  • You will learn in a multidisciplinary environment based on collaboration, the sharing of ideas and innovation;
  • You will integrate your knowledge in order to learn how to put theoretical concepts into practice;
  • You will develop your autonomy in the laboratory and with the use of the various core facilities available at the IRIC;
  • You will learn to generate, process and analyze large amounts of experimental results.

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