PhD Positions in Dr. Colin Crist’s Laboratory

– Positions have now been filled – 

PhD positions are available in the laboratory directed by Dr. Colin Crist at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, and the Department of Human Genetics, McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Our research program aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie skeletal muscle development and regeneration, with the overarching goal to discover novel pathways that may be targeted therapeutically to promote skeletal muscle regeneration. Available research projects include:

  1. Ex vivo and in vivo expansion of muscle stem cells for cell-based therapies. Suitable for candidates interested in developing therapeutic molecules, drug screening, and adult muscle stem cells.
  2. Regulation of muscle stem cell fate decisions by rearrangement of 3D genome architecture. Suitable for candidates interested in how muscle stem cell are specified during development, with mouse embryology and derivation of myogenic progenitors from pluripotent stem cells as experimental paradigms.


Our laboratory aims to train the next generation of scientists with future potential for leadership positions in academia or industry. Like minded candidates are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, will be careful experimenters, and will have good written and oral communication skills. Although some wet lab experience will be beneficial, we will provide you with exceptional training in stem cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and preclinical mouse models of muscle disease.

To apply, please send a CV, transcripts (unofficial are fine), and names/contact information for 2 to 3 referees to Dr. Colin Crist. Cover letters/email should specify your interest in stem cell research, regenerative medicine and your short (5 years) and long term (10-20 years) academic/career objectives.

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