The IRCM is home to core facilities and technology platforms to support research and offer in-depth training to students. These cutting-edge research infrastructures bring together 50 highly-qualified people. Future biologists are now required to master the latest technologies and transfer their knowledge to the clinical setting.
The MCM Master’s option includes intensive practical and theoretical training on using state-of-the-art equipment in molecular biology as part of the Translational Research Practicum (BIM 6073) course. This course is available during the summer semester as a series of modules on the use of the following technologies and their applied use in research and in clinical studies:
- Cytometry: Presentation of the technical aspects of cytometry and cell sorting.
- Microscopy and cell biology: Use of histology and immune-histochemistry in fondamental research and in analyzing clinical samples. Acquisition of images and videos with various microscopy techniques. New breakthroughs in microscopy.
- Genomics: Presentation of the technical aspects of micro-arrays, Q-PCR, and high-throughput sequencing.
- Animal models in biomedical research : Genetically modified animal models, transgenesis, genetic screening and genomic edition. Plasmid DNA preparation and gene ablation in cell lines
- Proteomics: Presentation of technical aspects of mass spectrometry. Use for different types of analyses (protein-protein interactions, phosphoproteins, metabolites, lipids, etc.).
- Bio-informatics: Concept and basic methods of bio-informatics and analysis of high-throughput genomic data.
More specifically, this course has the following objectives:
- To introduce students to certain cutting-edge techniques in biology for the study of human diseases.
- To learn about the uses and applications of these translational research techniques in healthcare.
- To enhance the ability of using scientific methodology when answering questions and addressing issues.