Why Join the OISB?

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The classic approach to biomedical research was based on the study of a single gene or protein at a time. However, disease states do not solely impact one protein—they cause a wide range of effects on both the cell and the organism. The advent of “-omics” fields has led to a paradigm shift in biomedical research that allows one to take a holistic view of the complexities of the cell and the disease state. Researchers at the OISB are developing and applying innovative integrative biology approaches to the study of various human diseases. Emerging scientists at the OISB have a unique opportunity to gain valuable multidisciplinary training in a collaborative research environment. The OISB has a number of International Collaborations (The Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica), Industrial Collaborations and affiliated training programs (Technomies and Matrix).

Presently over 200 trainees are part of the OISB. Our trainees come from across Canada and around the world to gain expertise in this multidisciplinary and collaborative research environment. The principal investigators of the OISB are members of a wide-range of graduate programs and departments and they foster collaboration through a variety of opportunities including:

  • OISB retreats and social events
  • OISB trainee seminars on careers, networking and presentation skills
  • OISB Paper of the Year Awards
  • OISB Early Career Researcher Award


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