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Graduate Studies in Biology

In our programs, students receive outstanding academic and professional training that leads to career opportunities in a wide range of fields. Graduates find employment in federal government departments, leading and emerging private sectors and in academia all over the world.

Conduct leading-edge research

As a joint graduate institute, our program combines the strengths of the Biology departments at both uOttawa and Carleton University. The Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology offers advanced courses and hosts an Annual Research Days symposium, which alternates between campuses. Students can conduct research in diverse areas:

  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Access world-renowned laboratories

  • Aquatics facility for fish and amphibians
  • Facilities for lab rodents, naked mole rats and insects
  • A green house that sits atop the main building
  • Laboratory for natural and synthetic environmental toxins
  • Core molecular biology laboratory
  • Cellular imaging and cytometry facility

With Ottawa’s abundant greenspaces, forests and lakes, our state-of-the-art laboratories give students the opportunity to do fieldwork in nearby natural ecosystems.

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Contact Information

30 Marie-Curie, Ottawa ON
Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel.: +1 613-562-5800, ext. 3145
E-mail: [email protected]

Jessica Forrest and Howard Rundle
E-mail: [email protected]