There is no set deadline for applying to this program, but you will need to find a supervisor before beginning your application.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Research in Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology (APP) spans the breadth of biomedically-relevant subjects, from molecular genetics to cellular neuroscience to microanatomical imaging and beyond. (For all specific areas of research within APP, please see the research supervisors section.) Our researchers use specialized research facilities situated across campus, including the Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron, and belong to or interact with a variety of research groups, including the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre.

The APP graduate program enables life-long careers in basic or clinical realms of the biomedical sciences.

Research supervisors

The following individuals can supervise graduate students in the APP program. Please note that previous approval of a supervisor is required for your admission application to be complete.

Name Research areas
Asmahan AbuArishInflammation, inflammasome assembly, Hyperinflammatory Pulmonary Diseases, Cystic Fibrosis, Molecular Biophysics, Quantitative analyses, Cell Biology
Angela BaerwaldObstetrics and Gynecology
Landon Baillie
Stanley Bardal
Lane BekarNeuromodulators, glial cells, and neurodegeneration
Julia BoughnerPhysical anthropology, primate biology and evolution
Scotty ButcherStrength training methodology/biomechanics, high-Intensity interval training, muscle oxygenation during exercise, exercise testing/training methods
Veronica CampanucciDiabetes Mellitus, Neuropathy, Oxidative Stress, Electrophysiology
Francisco CayabyabAdenosine receptor signaling in brain diseases, biology of breast and brain cancer
L. Dean ChapmanSynchrotron radiation and x-ray optics directed to medical and biological problems, x-ray imaging
Jennifer Chlan-Fourney
Donald CockcroftAsthma
Michelle CollinsCardiac development, Congenital heart defects, Inherited cardiac arrhythmia, Developmental genetics, Cardiac function, Ca2+ signaling
David CooperBone aging, adaptation and disease 3D Imaging Synchrotron Science
Kaushik DesaiEndothelial dysfunction, hypertension, diabetes, preventive strategies against hyperfructosemia, oxidative stress
Brian EamesSkeletal development, evolution and regeneration; Use of cutting edge techniques in molecular genetics; Synchrotron imaging; 3D bioprinted tissue engineering; Comparative transcriptomics
Thomas FisherOsmoregulation, Ca2+ channels
Jack GrayAnimal behaviour; Biorobotics; Insect; Neuroethology; Neurophysiology; Neuroscience
Troy HarknessRegulation of replication-independent chromatin assembly in yeast
John HowlandBehavioural neuroscience, psychiatric illness, stress, brain
Juan IanowskiCystic fibrosis, Synchrotron, Airway disease, Fluid transport
Michael KellyCerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery; Synchrotron imaging
Saija KontulainenIdentifing effective fracture prevention strategies for children and older adults; The role of physical activity on bone strength
Anand KrishnanNerve-tumor interface, Nerve regeneration, Cancer biology, Self-renewing resident macrophage in the nervous system
Paul LeeGene Therapy for Long Term Myocardial Protection, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Oxidative stress, Hyperhomoysteinemia
Michael LevinMultiple Sclerosis, Neuroinflammation, Neurological Disorders, Neurodegeneration, RNA Binding Proteins, RNA Metabolism
Lixin LiuThe role of intracellular signaling molecules in leukocyte recruitment and transendothelial migration
Daniel MacPheeIntegrin-mediated signaling in placental development. Role of small stress proteins in uterine muscle function during pregnancy.
Adel MohamedEnzyme inducers on experimental allergic encephalomyelitis, Medical and Dental Anatomy curriculum designing, steroid effect on different organs
Darrell MousseauNeurochemistry and molecular biology, early life determinants as risk factors for Alzheimer disease, clinical depression
Sean MulliganNeuroscience, Pain, Nociception, Animal welfare
Joseph NdisangCardiovascular physiology, endocrinology
Jonathan NortonOrthotics; Neuroprosthetics; Instrumentation for assessing neurological recovery; Neurophysiological effects of sports training and relationship to rehabilitation
Nick OvsenekHeat Shock Proteins
Petros PapagerakisStem cells and biomaterials for cranio-facial tissues engineering; Therapeutic targeted delivery; Biosensors in oral cavity to diagnose and monitor systemic diseases
Bogdan PopescuHealth sciences
Meena SakharkarTarget prioritization, Mechanisms and Pathways, Breast cancer
Grzegorz SawickiOxidative stress, heart injury, pharmaco-proteomics, Novel intracellular function of matrix metalloproteinase-2 in heart injury
Ahmed ShokerClinical trials and basic research in the field of immunosuppression and inflammation
Robert SkomroGeneral Respirology, Sleep Medicine,
Changiz TaghibiglouExcitotoxicity-induced neuronal apoptosis, Lipid Neurobiology, Designing bioactive short peptides
Maruti Chandra Uppalapati
Valerie VergeNerve Injury and Repair Mechanisms , Role of Neurotrophic Molecules
Franco VizeacoumarCancer Genomics; Synthetic Lethality and the selective killing of cancer cells; Genome instability; shRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technologies;
Scott WidenmaierImmunometabolism, Obesity, Lipid metabolism, Diabetes, and Stress biology
Changting XiaoLipid and lipoprotein metabolism, gastrointestinal physiology, pathophysiology of metabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome)

Tuition and funding


Thesis or project-based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project-based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program. (Tuition assessment and payment for Spring/Summer terms is split; however, students are required to pay for the full term.)

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2021 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2022 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2022 $1,491.00 CAD $2,698.71 CAD
Total per academic year $4,473.00 CAD $8,096.13 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Student fees $759.62 CAD $300.59 CAD $27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.


Research supervisors are responsible for assisting students with obtaining funding during their program. This may come from scholarships, teaching assistantships, or from the supervisors’ own research grants. When you speak with potential supervisors about the research you would like to do, ask about funding opportunities.

In addition to potential funding from the APP department, college- and university-level scholarships and awards are available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China and Mexico.

Admission requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in master’s program)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Please ensure that you have received specific approval to apply to this program from a research supervisor before submitting your application.

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will be required only for applicants offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

  • Your curriculum vitae or resume should be a one or two page concise summary of your skills, experience and education.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume is essentially your full academic and professional profile. It should include a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honours, affiliations and other details.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of their curriculum vitae or resume.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9


Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
GA20, Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Rd
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Programs Administrator