MBB Graduate Program

The MBB Graduate Program provides advanced education and research training for a career in Academia, Industry or Government. Our MSc and PhD degree programs emphasize research in combination with relevant course work. Students have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines.

Genomics & Bioinformatics

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Structural Biology

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Nucleic Acid Function

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Finding a Supervisor

A key part of your graduate experience is your relationship with your supervisor. Please see this advice on how to find a supervisor for your research.

Research Areas

Research areas in MBB are diverse and dynamic. Notable specializations exist in Genomics and Bioinformatics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Nucleic Acid Function, and Immunology. A variety of model systems are employed to answer biomedical health questions, including mice, mammalian cell cultures, DrosophilaC. elegans, yeast and bacteria. Specific research topics, which can also be gleaned from the Research Faculty listing, include:

  • bacterial pathogenicity
  • biomembranes/lipids
  • bioinformatics
  • molecular evolution
  • membrane transport/cell signalling
  • developmental genetics
  • signal transduction
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • peptide libraries and phage display
  • proteomics
  • X-ray crystallography
  • physical biochemistry
  • nucleic acid in vitro selection
  • cancer biology

Graduate Program Assistant

Email: mbb@sfu.ca
Office: SSB 8172
Tel: (778) 782-5631


Admissions Handbook

The Graduate Student Handbook provides useful information about the policies and procedures you will need to know as a graduate student at Simon Fraser University.