10 reasons to study at IRIC


There are many reasons to choose IRIC to continue your scientific training as a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow or a research trainee. Here are 10 of them:

#1 - Training adapted to the new realities of biomedical research

Through its innovative academic and scientific approach, IRIC provides high-level training that prepares students for a promising career in a variety of areas related to biomedical research. Focused on cancer research, our training promotes multidisciplinary approaches, collaboration, and creativity. The curriculum combines a variety of subjects, disciplines and complementary techniques such as cellular and molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, drug discovery, genomics and proteomics.

#2 - A promising future

At the end of your training at IRIC, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to meet your ambitions. The high level of training adapted to the new challenges and issues in the field of scientific research, the multidisciplinary work environment, and the mentoring by experts from various scientific disciplines, will prepare you to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral training at IRIC or any of the most prestigious research centers in the world, or to confidently begin your career in the industry.

#3 - The ability to make a difference in the fight against cancer

As an IRIC student, you will be a full member of one of our research teams and you will participate in one or many of the many research projects underway at the Institute.

Our researchers all work directly or indirectly on cancer. In line with IRIC’s multidisciplinary approach, they tackle it on several fronts in a concerted effort. As a student, you could thus contribute to the advancement of knowledge in cell biology, focusing on the mechanisms of cancer development and immune responses that result; to the better understanding of different cancers such as leukemia or breast cancer; or to the development of diagnostic tools and new targeted therapies (e.g. drug development, bone marrow transplant, vaccine).

#4 - Dedicated mentors

IRIC’s principal investigators are fully committed to training the new generation of research leaders. With their experience and expertise, they provide students with an unparalleled academic and scientific training that promotes learning and the drive to constantly raise the bar.

By choosing IRIC, you will study with researchers who are highly competitive at the international level. IRIC has the highest concentration of recipients of Canada Research Chairs in the country, our researchers regularly publish in the most prestigious journals, and the amount of research funding they receive is twice the national average.

#5 - Outstanding scientific resources

Throughout your studies at IRIC, you will have access to our 11 modern core facilities. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of our scientific staff, you will be trained on each of these facilities, thus allowing to develop your technical skills and autonomy in your research activities.

Depending on your project, you will also be exposed to various biological models including mice (Mus musculus), yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans), nematode worms (Caenorhabditis elegans), drosophilas (Drosophila melanogaster), and humans.

In addition to regular exchanges with your research supervisor, you will have many opportunities to interact with other IRIC principal investigators as well as with the numerous scientists invited to present their research as part of the multiple scientific venues organized every year at the institute.

#6 - A dynamic and rewarding academic and scientific life

At IRIC, learning is not limited to the classroom or laboratory. We believe that each new interaction is an opportunity to learn, whether over coffee with colleagues or discussions with guest researchers. This is why we strive to provide a stimulating environment where creativity and the exchange of ideas are valued.

Here is an overview of the activities organized by IRIC:


IRIC’s Research Progress Reports

Each Friday, students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates present their research results to IRIC’s scientific community. These formal presentations are an important aspect of student and postdoc training as they help enhance communication skills and the ability to explain complex data to a wide range audience. The presentations are followed by a happy hour, organized by members of IRIC’s Student Association, during which discussions continue in an atmosphere of collegiality.

Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series and Special Lectures

Several leading scientists from universities and research centers worldwide are invited each year to present their cutting-edge findings. These lectures contribute to improving the scientific knowledge of our students and  provide a unique opportunity to meet and talk with international leaders in biomedical research.

Professional Practice in Research Conferences

In the course BIM6070 – Professional Practice in Research, which is part of the curriculum of the Master’s in Systems Biology, speakers from various sectors of employment in the field of biomedical research are invited to discuss the characteristics and issues related to their jobs. These conferences are an excellent opportunity to explore the different careers available to our graduates.

Scientific Days

The purpose of this activity is to inform IRIC members and affiliates of participants’ scientific activities in progress and to discuss their most recent developments. Scientific Days are organized at either the institutional level (e.g., IRIC Scientific Day) or the departmental level (e.g., Scientific Day of the Molecular Biology Programs, Scientific Day of the Department of Biochemistry, or Scientific Day of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology).


Every year, IRIC organizes scientific symposia bringing together several experts from various scientific fields. In addition to allowing researchers to discuss and exchange ideas on their recent findings, these symposia offer students the opportunity to meet leading experts in biomedical research and learn about a variety of topics related to their own research topics.

#7 - Many opportunities to get involved

During your studies at IRIC, you will have many opportunities to practice and hone your leadership abilities, your resourcefulness, and your organizational and interpersonal skills by getting involved in some of the Institute’s activities.

In addition to the numerous positions available within IRIC’s Student Association (AERIC), you will have the chance to actively serve on internal committees responsible for managing academic activities and curricula (i.e. Graduate Studies Committee, Summer School Committee); implementing student recruitment initiatives (i.e. Student Recruitment Committee); and organizing social and scientific activities (i.e. Social Life Committee, Scientific Activites Committee).

#8 - Competitive financial support

Following their recruitment, all IRIC students enrolled in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program receive a yearly scholarship of $20,000 or 22,500$ respectively (tax free). This most competitive financial support will allow you to focus on your full-time studies.

Throughout your studies, you will also be encouraged to apply to various scholarships and fellowships funding opportunities from external agencies.  Both your research supervisor and members of IRIC’s Office of Academic Affairs will offer concrete support for the preparation and submission of your application.

Year after year, IRIC students and postdoctoral fellows show an excellent success rate in scholarships competitions from major funding agencies or private foundations. For more information on the various funding opportunities, visit our “Student Services” section.

#9 - A multicultural environment

Students and researchers at IRIC come from all over the world. The diverse community of the Institute is not only satisfying on a personal level but also promotes our openness to the world. Our researchers and students conduct several collaborative projects with peers from other research centers around the world.

#10 - Université de Montréal: leader in research

The Université de Montréal ranks among the first universities in Canada by the wealth of its research activities. More than 2,500 professors and researchers are at the heart of this exceptionally rich research environment in which all major sectors of the future are represented.

The Université de Montréal together with its affiliated schools, is the largest teaching and research center in Québec, not only in terms of student enrolment and faculty complement, but also with respect to the wealth of research activities. It ranks 2nd among Canadian universities for the number of students enrolled. Its campuses welcome nearly 1 in 4 Québec university students, that is, a student population of close to 60,000 people. Among Québec universities, the Université de Montréal is the 1st choice of students from outside the country, whose number reached almost 7,000. According to Research InfoSource, the Université de Montréal ranks 4th among the most dynamic Canadian universities and 1st among Quebec universities for the wealth of its research activities.


We invite you to take a look at our IRIC blog. You will find articles written by our Master and Ph.D. students on various themes of academic research.

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