Laboratory rotations


During the 1-year M.Sc. program in Systems Biology, the Fall and Winter semesters are dedicated to laboratory rotations (BIM6076A and B). Students are required to do rotations of 4 months each in 2 different IRIC research teams. In most cases, both projects will focus on related issues, but may use different experimental techniques depending on the expertise of the principal investigator and the scientific resources used by members of the laboratories involved.

At the end of the two rotations, students are invited to prepare rotation reports in the form of scientific manuscripts and to present their projects orally during a seminar (BIM6035).

Still little known in Québec, laboratory rotations are common in American universities. They are an integral part of the M.Sc. program in systems Biology because of the many advantages they offer. Laboratory rotations allow students to:

  • benefit from the expertise, experience and guidance of two different research supervisors;
  • broaden their scientific knowledge by exploring various scientific aspects of a given research topic;
  • adopt different experimental approaches in the context of a given research topic;
  • learn and improve various laboratory techniques;
  • become acquainted with a variety of model organisms (e.g. mouse, yeast, nematode worm, fruit fly, frog, human);
  • assess the work environment of different research groups;
  • guide their choice of research team or research topic for their Ph.D.

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