Our Training Program & Activities
To keep abreast of the latest research developments, Meakins-Christie faculty meet regularly to discuss individual research projects, new ideas, and potential collaborations. To promote collaborative research, the co-supervision of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by Meakins-Christie and RESP members is highly encouraged.
Various activities that are part our our structured training program are held throughout the year, including:
Our Social Activities
The Meakins promotes a welcoming and vibrant trainee environment. Various social events are organized by SPiRE (Students & Post-docs in Respiration).
How to Join our Team
Faculty at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories often have positions open for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Please send applications by email directly to the faculty member of interest. All applications should include a detailed CV, your research experience, area of interest and career goals.
Once a potential supervisor is identified, registration at the appropriate Department is done through McGill University. Faculty members hold primary appointments in several departments (Medicine, Pediatrics, Physiology, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Biomedical Engineering). In addition, faculty are a mix of physician-scientists and PhDs with varied backgrounds including: physiology, biochemistry, pathology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioengineering.
Montreal is one of Canada’s oldest cities. Founded in 1642 by French colonists, Montreal is globally recognized as a major academic, industrial and cultural centre. Its unique mix of French and English cultures along with contributions from many other linguistic and ethnic groups has made Montreal a truly international city. Located on the St. Lawrence River, and built around Mount Royal, Montreal has a population of approximately 2 million. Montreal is also the perfect place for foodies; it is known for its vibrant culinary landscape that is greatly influenced by its culturally diverse population. Festivals are almost continuous during the summer months, with over 120 festivals to choose from throughout the year. There is easy access to surrounding lakes and mountains for the outdoor enthusiast, either in the Laurentiens or the Eastern Townships. Finally, the climate is temperate, with daytime summer temperatures averaging 25 degrees C and daytime winter temperatures averaging -5 degrees C (although a warm parka is recommended for those brisk January mornings).
Montreal: The Best Student City!
Without boasting too much, Montreal could easily be the best city for students.
The cost of living is very low compared to other metropolitan Canadian cities: 18% cheaper than Toronto and almost 25% cheaper than Vancouver; and the streets are refreshingly safe. According to The Economist’s Safe Cities Report, Montreal ranks as one of the best places to live in the world. To brag a bit more, Canada ranks 2nd in the Best Country Ranking, 2nd in the Most Reputable Countries report and has one of the best Life Satisfaction scores of all countries. In addition, QS World University Rankings consistently place McGill University within the top 40 Universities globally (McGill is generally ranked #1 in Canada). In 2020, McGill made the global top 40 in THE World University Rankings.
So, it comes as no surprise that the annual QS Best Student Cities ranking named Montreal within the top 10 best cities to be a student between 2014-2016 and 2019 in the world (Montreal was the best student city in Canada) and within the top 5 in 2018. And, in 2017, QS Best Student Cities ranking officially named Montreal as the world’s #1 student city (we generally rank consistently within the top 10)! For the 17th straight year, Maclean’s Magazine has named McGill University Canada’s top medical doctoral university for 2021 and 2022.