Through the study programs offered by the Université de Montréal, our training activities integrate a variety of disciplines and complementary techniques such as cell and molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, chemistry, drug discovery, genomics and proteomics.
IRIC offers excellence in Master’s and Ph.D. training in systems biology. We also host Master’s and Ph.D. students from other programs offered at the Université de Montréal.
Master’s and Ph.D. in Systems Biology
In the age of genomics and proteomics, emerging technologies and new multidisciplinary approaches make it possible to address cancer as a whole and provide new hope for developing treatments for the disease.
IRIC professors have developed Master’s and Ph.D. training in systems biology. These two sets of training, which are part of the Molecular Biology Program of the Université de Montréal, focus on close integration between theory and practice.
Biochemistry examines the molecular basis governing the function of living organisms.
The Master’s and Ph.D. programs in biochemistry offer flexible training with a choice of courses in cell and molecular biology, structural biology, human genomics, modern instrumentation, communication, methods in bioinformatics, management and law.
Bioinformatics is a discipline that uses and designs informatics tools to extract, organize and analyze data from living organisms.
Bioinformatics offers bi-disciplinary training combining biosciences and informatics. The Master’s and Ph.D. programs in bioinformatics are aimed at enhancing bioinformatics knowledge in one of its specializations.
Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary sector of activity whose goal is to apply engineering and physics concepts to the problems encountered in biology, medicine and health sciences.
The biomedical engineering programs make it possible to enhance technological and scientific knowledge in biomedical engineering and offer research activities focusing on biomechanics, biophotonics, biomedical nanotechnology, electrophysiology, tissue and biomaterials engineering, instrumentation and biomedical imaging, and the musculoskeletal.
The purpose of therapeutic chemistry is to design biologically active compounds, study their metabolism and interpret their mode of action on a molecular scale, based on the relationships between molecular structures, determined by cutting-edge techniques and also involving informatics tools, their mechanisms of action and therapeutic properties.
The chemistry programs enable students to develop theoretical and technical abilities and particularly to specialize in one of its branches, whether in pharmaceutical and bio-organic chemistry, in bioanalytical and environmental chemistry, in materials and biomaterials chemistry, or in computer-aided chemistry.
Informatics focuses on the implementation of scientific methods to process information using computers.
The Master’s and Ph.D. programs in informatics enable students to enhance their research in the following areas: artificial intelligence, theoretical informatics, vision, computer graphics, software engineering, bioinformatics, quantum computing, stochastic simulation, and operational research.
Microbiology and Immunology
Immunology is the study of the immune system, its cellular and molecular components, and its role in fighting pathogens.
The Master’s and Ph.D. programs in microbiology and immunology make it possible to acquire knowledge in a very wide variety of areas of microbiology, including bacteriology, mycology, virology and immunology.
Molecular biology examines the operating mechanisms of cells at the molecular level.
The molecular biology programs offer interdisciplinary training, based on teachings on the cutting-edge of knowledge in the following areas: molecular genetics, regulation of genetic activity, molecular oncology, complex human diseases, development and differentiation, macromolecule chemistry, virology and biotechnology.
Pathology and Cell Biology
Pathology is based on a macroscopic and microscopic semiological analysis that compares pathological tissues with normal tissues in order to define basic lesions. With its new applications, pathology is being integrated more than ever into overall patient management by delivering, aside from the diagnosis, new data such as the prognosis and the monitoring of the residual disease.
The program offers specialization in molecular pathology and in personalized medicine that ensures coverage of the clinical and fundamental aspects of pathology by integrating histology, diagnostic pathology, the study of biomarkers and molecular pathology.
Pharmacology is a science aimed at discovering new therapeutic agents that will improve health. It makes it possible to understand what happens to drugs in the body, as well as their mechanisms of action.
The programs in pharmacology make it possible to obtain specialization in neuropharmacology, pharmacogenomics, clinical pharmacology, integrative cardiovascular pharmacology or in molecular pharmacology.
Physics makes it possible to understand the way of nature in its various forms, such as the infinitely large, the infinitely small and the infinitely complex.
The physics programs make it possible to receive high-level training in astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, plasma physics, mathematical physics, particle physics, or in medical physics.
Throughout the year, the Institute plays host to undergraduate students within the framework of in-laboratory research internships. These internships, credited or not, extend over a period ranging from 3 to 12 months.
Since 2004, more than 400 students from over 30 universities around the world have completed an internship at the Institute. During the course of that research stay, the interns consolidated their work and broadened their scientific knowledge, from both a theoretical and practical standpoint, for the purpose of undertaking or continuing graduate studies or of entering the job market.
Along with the financial support potentially offered by IRIC’s Investigators, students have access to various scholarship programs. IRIC also has its own competitive scholarships program for students wishing to carry out a summer research stint in one of the Institute’s laboratories.
Through its multidisciplinary scientific approach, cutting-edge research infrastructures, rich and diversified scientific programming, friendly approach focusing on the complementarity of the research teams within the Institute and the many Canadian and foreign collaborators, IRIC offers its postdoctoral fellows an exceptional workplace environment that enables them to go above and beyond their ambitions and satisfy their scientific creativity.