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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.
  • 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.
  • Any scientific discussion starts with either particular organisms, genes, biological processes, regulatory mechanisms, theories, hypotheses, challenges, controverses, algorithms or data (e.g., protein structure data, high-throughput sequencing data, etc.). If you are passionate about any of these, Email me at xxia@uottawa.ca to share your passion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I tailor research projects to your academic background and research interests based on the strength of my lab. Here is a list of fields in which my students 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 signal transduction pathways, e.g., unfolded protein response
    • 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.
  • My program DAMBE is used extensively in research and teaching worldwide in molecular biology, evolution, genomics and phylogenetics. You need to know DAMBE to serve as teaching assistant in my course, so familiarity with DAMBE will improve your ranking. Here are links to scientific publications that have cited various versions of DAMBE.
  • Local info:
    1. Our Biology Department
    2. University of Ottawa
    3. Ottawa: the Canadian capital
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