Graduate Course Selection (2018-19)

For a complete listing of all of our Biology Graduate Courses, please visit the School of Graduate Studies Calendar at:

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Students should consult the Astrobiology website and the Biochemistry , Mathematics , Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences , and the Medical Sciences  graduate sections of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar for additional course selections.)

600 - Level Courses
Course Description  Mosaic Number Instructor



Mol Bio 6BB3 Plant Metabolism and Molecular Biology

Analysis of plant cell metabolism and the regulation of metabolism at the biochemical and moleuclar genetic level.


Dr. E. Weretilnyk

Mol Bio 6DD3 Molecular Evolution

The study of how molecules change over time within and between species. The experimental data, techniques and theories will be examined.


Dr. B. Evans


Mol Bio 6HO3 Molecular Biology of Cancer (Same as Biochemistry *6H03 and Molecular Biology*6H03)

Cancer at the molecular and cellular level. Topics include: properties of cancer cells; activation of proto-oncogenes; function of oncoproteins; proliferative signal transduction; transgenic mouse models of human cancer; and tumour viruses.

112393 Dr. A. Bédard and Dr. P. Whyte


Mol Bio 6P03 Medical Microbiology

Microbial infectious diseases of humans: ecology, evolution, epidemiology, immunity, pathogenesis and the treatments of these diseases.

112395 Dr. H. Schellhorn



Mol Bio 6T03 Neurobiology for 6T03

Selected topics in neurobiology at the molecular and cellular level including growth factors and neuronal development, ion channels, neurotransmitter functions, learning and memory and neurological disorders.

101315 Dr. M. Fahnestock



Bio 6X03 Environmental Physiology

Advanced physiology of animals with an emphasis on interactions with an adaptation to the environment.

101318 Dr. G. McClelland


700 - Level Courses
Course Description  Mosaic Number Instructor



 Bio 708 Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution

This course focuses on realistic quantitative modeling of lab and field data. The main activity is learning to fit models to data using a statistical package and programming language called R. In this applied context, the course will visit a variety of philosophic topics: parsimony vs. realism, Bayesian vs. frequentist statistics, estimation vs. hypothesis testing. The course will enhance your ability to ask interesting biological questions with a quantitative flavour; and to construct, parameterize, and test models for your own data.

101327 Dr. J. Dushoff & Dr. B. Bolker


 Bio 709 Special Topics in Biology

Studies requiring selection from specialized areas of research as approved by the Department.

101328 Dr. J. Xu – TERM 1

Dr. E. Weretilnyk  – TERM 2

 Bio 712 (NEW) Communication and Scholarship Skills in Biology

Students will develop first-hand experience in applying best practices in scientific communication across the Biology disciplines.  This experience will include critical analysis and opportunities to enhance skills in individual and group writing, visual and verbal communication, and peer review.  Students will develop a working knowledge of the epistemic rules for funding, publication, critique and ethics in Biology.

You must be enrolled in Biology – for Biology Graduate Students only. This course is cancelled for 2018-19

Term 1: 101049


Term II: 123368

Dr. J.R. Jacobs

I & II

Bio 720 Bioinformatics

This course provides students with a basic background of the software tools that are used in all bioinformatic and computational biology studies. It will concentrate on three areas: using UNIX and a shell command line; an introduction to the R language for statistical analysis of data; and an introduction to basic scripting using python.

101338 Dr. I. Dworkin and Dr. G.B. Golding


Bio 722 Introduction to Bioinformatic Methods

This course will introduce students to basics of elementary sequence analysis. This will include advanced topics in computational biology. These topics could include methods of RNAseq analysis, sequence variant analysis and how to use sequences to identify metagenomic samples. The topics will also be tailored to the desires of the students.

101340 Dr. I. Dworkin and Dr. G.B. Golding and Dr. B. Evans


 Bio 723  Topics in Molecular Genetics

The emphasis in Topics in Molecular Genetics is on novel control mechanisms of gene expression, cell signaling and cell differentiation. Recent developments in the field of genomics/proteomics and signal transduction are examples of topics discussed in this course. This year, the emphasis will be on molecular aspects of polarized cell signaling, relating to morphogenesis in animals, and to plant-environment interactions.

 101341  Dr. X. Zhu  I
 Bio 726  Integrative Physiology

This course will be a mixture of formal lectures, discussion groups and student presentations examining the integration of physiological and biochemical processes from the level of genes, cells, organs, systems and whole organisms.

101344  Dr. J. Wilson  I
 Bio 730  Management of Aquatic Ecosystems and Resources

Emerging issues in the management of water and aquatic resources are complex and include problems of supply and demand, water quality for human consumption and recreational use, contaminant loading of aquatic biota, maintenance of ecosystem integrity, and the competing and sometimes conflicting riparian land use. Because these issues are cross-disciplinary, traditional single-discipline approaches are inappropriate. This course adopts an “ecosystem approach” towards management of aquatic resources and will consider the main socio-economic, physico-chemico-biological factors that affect aquatic ecosystems

101349  Dr. P. Chow-Fraser  II
 Bio 775  Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Genomics

Topics of this course are current research on bacteria and fungi using molecular genetic, biochemical, bioinformatics, and genomic methods to study natural biodiversity, cell structure, cell-cell interactions and metabolism in laboratory model organisms and natural ecosystems

101360  Dr. T.M Finan  I