Overview and specifics






90 credits

Program Type

Dissertation or thesis track


  • Full-time
  • Day course
  • Offered at the Montréal campus and its affiliated research centres


The PhD in Molecular Biology program is a multidisciplinary research program offered by the Faculty of Medicine in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Language accommodations

Although Université de Montréal is a French-language university, many of our research departments are open to creating a bilingual environment for students in graduate-level programs. These departments are aware of the importance of bilingualism in order for graduate students to succeed in their research careers.

Students who are proficient in English are therefore welcome and accepted into graduate-level programs.

When you enroll in the PhD Molecular Biology program, you have access to a number of accommodations to make you feel comfortable and help you fulfill the requirements of the program even if French is not your main language of study:

  • Choice of giving oral seminar presentations in either French or English.
  • Choice of writing exams in French or English.
  • Choice of taking the comprehensive exam in either French or English.
  • Choice of writing your doctoral thesis or dissertation in French or English.

All laboratories are offered in a bilingual environment. Above all, staff in the program are available to help and support you throughout your studies.


The PhD in Molecular Biology program has four options. The name of the option is given on the diploma.

General Option
This option provides candidates with solid research training and helps students learn basic yet cutting-edge techniques and methods used to study biological macromolecules. This program delves into molecular genetics, gene activity regulation, tissue development, signalling pathways, nucleic acid and protein modifications, macromolecular chemistry, virology and biotechnology. 

Systems Biology Option
In this option, students learn concepts and gain practice in the area of systems biology using high-throughput technologies such as genomics and proteomics. This training prepares students to meet the challenge of working across several complementary disciplines to study the complex problems posed by multigenic diseases such as cancer. 

Complex Human Diseases Option
This option includes targeted studies that reflect research in molecular biology, genetics, signalling, and novel therapies in complex human diseases. 

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Option
This option provides unique training in translational research with the goal of combining basic laboratory research with the needs of clinical practice. The focus is on the use of cutting-edge technology to study human diseases in order to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches that can be quickly incorporated into treatment for patients.

Members of the Graduate Studies Committee

  • Dr Richard Bertrand, Directeur des programmes, CRCHUM, Médecine et spécialités médicales
  • Dr Sébastien Carreno, IRIC, Pathologie et biologie cellulaire, responsable de l'unité d'attache IRIC - Campus et de l'option Biologie des systèmes
  • Dr Javier Di Noia, IRCM, Médecine et spécialités médicales, Iresponsable de l'unité d'attache IRCM et de l'option Médecine moléculaire et cellulaire
  • Dr Elliot Drobetsky, HMR, Médecine et spécialités médicales, responsable de l'unité d'attache HMR et de l'option Générale
  • Dr Francis Rodier, CRCHUM, Radiologie- Radio-oncologie, Médecine nucléaire, responsable de l'unité d'attache CHUM - CHU Ste-Justine et de l'option Maladies complexes chez l'humain
  • Aurélie Martinez, représentante étudiant
  • Antoine Simoneau, représentant étudiant
  • Yan Liu, responsable à la gestion des dossiers étudiants
  • Dre Julie Mantovani, membre invitée - Conseillère principale | Affaires académiques IRIC 

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