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Genome Science and Technology - MSc


University of British Columbia Faculty of Science

Full time September, January MSc See website for details

About the course

The Genome Science and Technology graduate program is a trans-disciplinary program that combines genomic research with leading-edge technology development in genome sciences for students pursing an M.Sc. or Ph.D. This program is intended to accommodate the diverse background of students and the broad nature of genomic research in human, animal, plant, microbes, and viruses.

Program Objectives

  • Generate a culture of innovation and discovery by exposing trainees at all levels to important and timely scientific problems being addressed using emerging technologies.
  • Enable researchers to effectively work at the nexus of biology, engineering, and physical sciences by providing a unified training program including joint seminars, cross-disciplinary rotations, and hands-on training in new technology

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Life-Sciences degree, with significant experience in a quantitative science OR a Computer Science/Math/Engineering/Physics degree with significant experience in Life Sciences. Although work experience may be taken into consideration if the degree is outside these areas.


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Student Profile(s)

Kevin Mehr

Research Description
Over the past five years, metagenomics, or the study of environmental DNA (bacteria, achaea, viruses) has provided an enormous amount of genomic information about previously unstudied organisms. This has opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to unique enzymes of importance to desired biotechnological applications. While the technologies for acquiring this genomic information have continued to improve quickly, the technology for screening of these metagenomic libraries for enzymes and proteins of interest has lagged behind. My research is focused on the development of ultra-high-throughput screening technologies for isolating and identifying unique sugar-altering enzymes from environmental organisms.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I did a research project in my final year of undergraduate school and loved it so much that I decided to keep going. Also, I've always wanted to go as far as I can academically before settling into a career.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I love living in BC. I was born here and I have grown up here, so I'll stay as long as they let me.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Make it a mission to appreciate something great about Vancouver every weekend. There's so much to do here, so make the best of it before you have to leave.


Laurel Stothers

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I chose to pursue a graduate degree in science because it is one of the few opportunities in life which gives you the freedom to tackle an interesting problem from infinitely many self-driven angles.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?
Joining the Medical Imaging Research Group (MIRG), lead by Dr. Anna Celler, was my main reason for studying at UBC. MIRG is a team of excellent physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists who do one of a kind research on diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures, and who I am humbled to join.



Scholarships

International Tuition Award

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