Studying Microbiology in Canada
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The Department of Biology offers courses leading to degrees of MSc and PhD in Biology. Biology at the University of Victoria dates from 1926 with the arrival of Geoffrey Cunningham at Victoria College. When the University of Victoria was established in 1963 at Gordon Head, the Department of Biology shared the Elliott Building with Chemistry and Physics. The Department moved to the Cunningham Building in 1971 and expanded into the Petch Building in 1985. The mandate of the Department of Biology is to provide the essential requirements for an undergraduate education in biology, preparing graduates to enter professional programs, graduate programs, or employment in the public or private sectors as professional biologists. The mandate also includes development of excellent research programs and provision of graduate training and education.
Research in Biology ranges from virology to microbial ecology of bacteria, fungus and algae in terrestrial and marine system. The Department has two major Research Centers: Center for Forest Biology and Centre for Biomedical Research as well as a number of large research initiatives: VENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea), NEPTUNE (Underwater observatories), Environmental Management of Drinking Water.
The Department of Biology is located in the Cunningham and Petch Buildings. There are several facilities specialized for various aspects of biological research including: the Electron Microscope Laboratory, the Advanced Imaging Laboratory, the Bev Glover Greenhouse Facility, and Herbarium. Other University facilities include: animal care laboratories, aquarium facilities, biohazard laboratory and a 16.4 m research vessel for oceanographic work. Individual research laboratories have preparative and ultracentrifuges, scintillation counting equipment, spectro-photometers, high pressure liquid chromatography equipment, ultramicrotomes, DNA sequencers, thermal cyclers, microscopes. The Department is well suited to most types of biological research.
List of Faculty
Robert Burke, Ph. D.
William Hintz, Ph.D.
Perry L. Howard, Ph.D.
David Levin, Ph.D.
Azit Mazumder, Ph.D.
Steve Perlman, Ph.D.
Réal Roy, Ph.D., (CSM Rep.)
Verena Tunnicliffe, Ph.D.
Diana Varela, Ph.D.
Financial Support Available
Applicants accepted into a regular full-time graduate program are guaranteed a minimum level of support of approximately $17,000 (M.Sc.) and $18,000 (Ph.D.) per annum.
These are some of the awards and sources of financial assistance available to new students: University of Victoria Fellowships, President’s Scholarships, Research Assistantships, Petch Research Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Tuition Fellowships, External Awards.
Admissions and Enquiries
University of Victoria
PO Box 3020 STN CSC
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3N5
Phone: 250 721-7093
Graduate Admissions and Records
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3P2