Course coordinators:

William S Powell email_icon
Meakins-Christie Labs, Room 308
3626 St. Urbain Street
Tel: (514) 398-3864 ext. 094071
Simon Rousseau email_icon
Meakins-Christie Labs, Room 233 (New addition)
3626 St. Urbain Street
Tel: (514) 398-3864 ext. 094148


EXMD 609 is intended to introduce students to a variety of basic techniques used in medical research. Lectures and, in some cases, demonstrations given on the following topics: spectroscopy, cell culture, immunological techniques, including flow cytometry, confocal and electron microscopy, immunocytochemistry, laser capture microdissection, cell and molecular motility, receptor interactions, and statistics. The course requirements include a seminar and term paper (on the same topic) as well as a final exam. This course is complementary to EXMD 610 (Molecular Methods in Biomedical Research. As of 2011 there is no overlap between the two courses and students may take either or both courses. However, if you took EXMD 610 in 2010 or earlier, you may not take EXMD 609, because prior to 2011 EXMD 610 included a larger range of topics, which would result in significant overlap.


This is the primary website for EXMD 609. All available information about this course can be found here, except handouts for the lectures, which are available on MyCourses. There is a link to this site on the WebCT Vista site for the course.


Most of the lectures will be given at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories (see location), although some lectures will be given at other locations. Make sure you check the schedule to see where the lecture will be held.


You will need to present a seminar as part of the course requirements. You will receive some written feedback after your seminar, which you should consider carefully when you prepare your term paper, which will be on the same topic. The seminars will be evaluated by both faculty members as well as by the students. The marks for the seminars will be the averages of the faculty marks and the student marks (each with equal weight). You must select the topic  for your seminar/term paper from the list. If you have previously taken EXMD 609 you must select a topic significantly different from the one you chose for that course. No topic can be chosen by more than one person, so it is advisable to select your topic as soon as possible.