Health Sciences North Research Institute



, Ontario


Job Type:

Graduate Position

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The Verschoor laboratory is looking for a prospective PhD student to investigate the utility of epigenome-wide DNA methylation patterns as a tool to understand and define the risk of acute and long-term health outcomes. Current areas of interest include: 1) the epigenomic basis of chronic inflammation and its relation to health trajectories in older adults, and 2) the oral methylome as an indicator of treatment-related complications and survivorship in head and neck cancer patients. Our laboratory in situated at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario ( and is affiliated with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine University ( and the School of Natural Sciences at Laurentian University (


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The successful applicant should have a background in medical sciences, epidemiology, bioinformatics and/or genetics, and be interested in research at the intersection of biomedical and data science. Those with significant experience in the analysis of array-based genomics platforms, particularly the Illumina 450K and/or MethylationEPIC bead-arrays, and related R-based bioinformatic packages are encouraged to apply. Strengths in quantitative approaches to cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, especially generalized linear models, and data visualization methods are also important.

Additional Information:

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Chris Verschoor (, making sure to include a 100-250 word statement of interest, CV and contact information for 2 references. Note: the prospective student would be expected to meet the eligibility criteria to enroll in the Biomolecular Sciences graduate program at Laurentian University (


DNA methylation


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