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PhD and MSc Studies in XiaLab

  • Graduate students registered in Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, will have a salary of $19,500/year (more for PhD students) which is made of research assistantship from my research grant and teaching assistantship from the department.
  • You will be interacting with a brilliant group of students, working in the following projects:
    • Evolution and optimization of translation control in bacteria and phages
    • Evolution of splicing machinery and alternative splicing
    • molecular phylogenetics (of deep phylogenies)
    • Large-scale phylogeographic patterns and processes
    • bioinformatics: algorithms and software development
    • mathematical modelling in biology: how natural selection increases efficiencies of biological processes
    • microbial genomics: why different prokaryotes often do things differently, and how phages and plasmids adapt to their hosts and become specilized.
  • Check out publications from our lab by graduate students. If you have many questions upon reading those papers, then you are likely a good fit to our lab.
  • All applicants will be ranked based on research experience in molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolution and phylogenetics, solid reference letters, grades and, in particular, your skills in oral presentation and scientific writing. Those ranked high will be offerred admission first.
  • My program DAMBE is used extensively in research and teaching worldwide in genomic and phylogenetic data analysis. Here are links to scientific publications that have cited various versions of DAMBE. You need to know DAMBE to serve as teaching assistant in my course, so familiarlity with DAMBE will improve your ranking.
    • List of papers that have cited the first version of DAMBE (released in 2000)
    • List of papers that have cited DAMBE5 (released in 2013)
    • List of papers that have cited DAMBE6 (released in 2017)
  • Formal application should be submitted to our grad office which will contact me once all required documents have been received.
  • Local info:
    1. Our Biology Department
    2. University of Ottawa
    3. Ottawa: the Canadian capital

Canadian and permanent residents:

Canadians or permanent residents with a GPA > 8/10 typically will get a tuition waiver in addition to some scholarships on top of the annual salary. Those top-ranked ones will have a chance to compete for the prestigious NSERC graduate scholarship or OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship).

International Applicants

Our university offers tuition reduction to PhD students so that they pay the same tuition as Canadian students.

Applicants from Latin America

The University of Ottawa is a member of the CALDO Consortium and has a number of agreements with sponsoring agencies in eight countries in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay). These agreements allow students in these countries to apply for funding to cover their tuition and living expenses during their graduate studies at uOttawa.

Type of studyCountry and sponsoring agency
PhD scholarships  Brazil (CNPq)
Masters scholarships  Chile (CONICYT)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Colombia (COLCIENCIAS)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Colombia (COLFUTURO)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Ecuador (SENESCYT)
PhD scholarship (and maybe MSs) Mexico (CONACYT)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Paraguay (BECAL)
Masters and PhD scholarships  Peru (PRONABEC)
PhD scholarships  Uruguay (ANII)
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