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PhD and MSc Studies in XiaLab

  • You will be interacting with a brilliant group of students, working in the following projects:
    • Evolution and optimization of translation in bacteria and phages
    • biomedical and biopharmaceutical sciences involving protein interactions
    • molecular phylogenetics (of deep phylogenies)
    • Phylogeography and DNA barcoding
    • 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.
  • 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 need to let the departmental office know on time that you want TAship, otherwise you will not get TAship and your salary will be only about half.
  • All applicants will be ranked based on research experience in molecular biology, 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.
  • You can demonstrate your research experience by submitting a research proposal in which you identify at least one biologically significant problem and outline how you will solve it. Alternatively, you can install DAMBE and go through the DAMBE manual. This you must do before applying.
  • 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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