Why join the Specialist Program 

The Pathobiology Specialist program is ideally suited to students who wish to study molecular and cellular processes at the heart of both normal physiology and disease. 

Our program is small, and entry is competitive, but we encourage you to apply! We love to see a variety of students with diverse experiences and backgrounds.  

Understanding disease processes 

You will explore advanced subjects spanning genomics, genetic models of disease, artificial intelligence, and computational modeling in disease, cardiovascular diseases, regenerative medicine, metabolic disorders, infectious disease, cancer biology, and neurodegenerative diseases. 

You will observe first-hand the application of the causes and mechanisms of disease to human health.  

Join a community

Enjoy Toronto’s vibrant city life outside the classroom and connect with your peers through our undergraduate student organization, LMPSU, who organizes events and brings together the community. 

As a new Pathobiology student, you can have a 3rd or 4th year student mentor (organized by the LMP Student Union) to provide academic support. Typically, you will meet regularly with your assigned mentor throughout the year. 

We host “Coffee with the Coordinator” meetings where you can give feedback, suggestions and share ideas to improve the program with the undergraduate coordinators, Dr. Jeffrey Lee and Dr. Karim Mekhail. (hear more from Jeff and Karim in the Message from the undergraduate coordinators).

Benefit from a small program 

Only ~30 students are admitted into the program each year. This allows us to maintain a faculty-to-student ratio of close to 4:1. 

This means you have small class sizes and many opportunities to interact with our expert faculty to get the most out of your program. 

Learn from the best  

You will have various opportunities to work under the supervision of world-renowned scientists and clinicians to conduct state-of-the-art research. This can happen at the University of Toronto in the Medical Sciences Building or the MaRS Centre, and our various affiliated hospitals and their research institutes, including: 

  • Toronto General Hospital 
  • Princess Margaret 
  • Mount Sinai Hospital 
  • Hospital for Sick Children 
  • St. Michael’s Hospital 
  • Toronto Western Hospital 
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 

Lay the foundation for an excellent career 

The Pathobiology Specialist degree will prepare you well for your future endeavors, whether you decide to pursue: 

  • graduate studies in medical research; 
  • medical school; 
  • a career in academic, industrial, pharmaceutical or governmental laboratories; or 
  • employment in government, regulatory agencies, law, and the environment.