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PhD and MSc Studies in XiaLab

Thinking of joining a group of bright students in Xia Lab? Graduate positions are available.

General information

  • Minimum requirement:
    • PhD applicants: Have made a significant scientific discovery in prior research
    • MSc applicants (currently limited to Canadians and permanent residents): Research experience through an honors research project.
    • Success in an interview on your research experience. You need to do a presentation of a research project you have participated in.
    • You need to be passionate about something in biology, which could be either a particular group of organisms or genes, biological processes, regulatory mechanisms, theories, hypotheses, challenges, controversies, algorithms or data (e.g., data hosted in NCBI databases such as Gene, Nucleotide, Genome, SRA).
  • Graduate students registered in Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, will have a minimum salary of $21,172/year (PhD candidate) or $20,172/year (MSc candidates) which is made of research assistantship from my research grant and teaching assistantship from the department.
  • Review the application guide and apply through our grad office
  • Applicants are ranked on their familiarity with our research, their letters of reference and their past performance/experience in research. The top-ranked is offered admission right away.

How to improve your ranking

  • My program DAMBE is used extensively in research and teaching worldwide in molecular biology, evolution, genomics and phylogenetics. You need to know DAMBE and to have used it to solve a practical research problem. Here are links to scientific publications that have cited various versions of DAMBE. Many of them used DAMBE to solve their research problems.
  • Research projects that are built upon what we have done will have priority in consideration
  • Here is a list of fields in which my students and I have done research in:
    • Evolution and optimization of translation control in bacteria and phages
    • Mammalian viruses
    • Evolution of gene families
    • molecular phylogenetics (of deep phylogenies)
    • Large-scale phylogeographic patterns and processes
    • Evolution of splicing machinery and alternative splicing
    • Evolution of cellular response to internal and external perturbations, e.g., unfolded protein response, acide-resistance.
    • Protein structure and function
    • bioinformatics: algorithms and software development
  • Check out publications from our lab of which many are by graduate students. If you have many questions upon reading those papers, then you are likely a good fit to our lab.

Local information

  1. Our Biology Department
  2. University of Ottawa
  3. Ottawa: the Canadian capital
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