Currently The Donnelly Centre houses 36 principal investigators and a scientific community of 600 postdoctoral
fellows and research technicians. The Donnelly centre also provides hands on training for undergraduates
and graduates in a research tower that is an ode to the potential of the post genomic era.
Recruiting the world’s best researchers is critical to the Centre’s success.
Applications for postdoctoral positions are handled on a case-by-case basis. Recent or future graduates
with skills, experience, and publications are particularly encouraged to apply to individual labs.
Staff: Applications from accomplished researchers with relevant expertise are always welcomed.
For available positions see current research projects and accompanying lab links or search by program
on the home page.
Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified graduate students (2 years or less postgraduate) in the field of molecular, genetic and genomic research. Applications should be addressed to one or two primary faculty members in the Donnelly Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (Andrews, Bader, Blencowe, Boone, Caudy, Emili, Fraser, Greenblatt, Hughes, Kim, Krause, Moffat, Morris, Roth, Ryu, Sidhu, Taipale, Zhang), whose interests match their own. Individual research programs include studies on gene regulation, signal transduction, development, systems biology, proteomics, computational biology and functional genomics and are carried out in the state-of-the-art Donnelly Centre. Upon agreement of sponsorship, the applicant must send a curriculum vitae, one page statement of research interests, transcripts, and three letters of reference to their sponsoring Faculty mentor. The successful applicants are supported for up to two years with a generous stipend. For additional information please visit The Dr. Charles H. Best Foundation.
HOW WE ATTRACT THE BEST + BRIGHTEST
20,550 square metres of intelligent architecture to provide a great work environment:
• Welcoming lounge spaces and communal kitchens encourage informal collaboration
• A bamboo garden in the foyer to ignite the human spirit
• Large open hallways to encourage interaction between scientists
• Our 10 storey glass structure is designed to offer you natural light
• The building boosts environmentally green technology
• We offer modern state of the art laboratories
• Internationally award winning architecture
• Designed to create an interdisciplinary and collaborative work environment
• Located in the University of Toronto in the core of Toronto’s Discovery District
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Undergraduate research opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis. For available opportunities, see current research projects and accompanying lab links or search by program on the home page.
“We’re just constantly searching for people who are thinking the right way,” says Dr. Andrews, referring
again to the Centre’s open-ended, interdisciplinary approach. “Having this type of space is a good
way to attract them and keep them here.”
The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (Donnelly Centre) is intended to
encourage outstanding minds to go to and stay in Canada.
Faculty members have come from universities in the US and Europe because of the building’s open, fluid
environment, which encourages new ways of approaching biological problems by stimulating unconventional
interactions among disciplines.
The University of Toronto:
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader
in research. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth
of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around
• Developed first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve
transplant and artificial pancreas
• Isolated gene that allows plants to grow in salt water
• Developed the chemical laser
• Developed the anti-blackout suit, later adapted to create the astronaut space suit
• Created the infant cereal Pablum
• Discovered insullin
• Ten Nobel Laureates were based at U of T at significant points in their careers.
• Over the last two decades, our professors have received almost a quarter of all national awards although they represent just under seven per cent of Canada's university professors
• More than half of full-time undergraduates are women
• U of T has over 6,000 international students, just under ten per cent of our student population
The City of Toronto:
The Donnelly Centre is located in Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant
academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.
• Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and Canada’s largest. It is home to over 100 cultures and almost 5 million people.
• Other kinds of expression in the city include a major film and jazz festival, the third largest live theatre centre in the English-speaking world and without exaggeration, a couple of thousand ethnic restaurants
• It is also home to four major sport teams, which include hockey’s Maple Leafs, basketball’s Raptor’s, baseball’s Blue Jays and football’s Argonauts.