HGSS Annual Holiday Banquet

It’s almost the end of the semester, which means it’s almost time for our Annual Holiday Banquet! The banquet will be held Friday, December 2nd at L’Academie (2100 Crescent St, Montreal, QC H3G 2B8). All Human Genetics students are invited! Plus ones are also welcome, but spaces are very limited so will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The dress code will be semi-formal / cocktail party attire!

A three-course dinner will be served, with your choice of starter, main and dessert (with alternatives available for any dietary restrictions). You’re also invited to bring your own beverage (wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, etc; no hard liquor please!) Please arrive between 5:30 and 6:00pm for seating and mingling. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm and the event will conclude around 9:00pm. 

Tickets will be $15 for Human Genetics students and $20 for plus onesRegister for the banquet here!

This is usually one of HGSS’s most popular events, so be sure to reserve your tickets ASAP! Please e-transfer your ticket price(s) to Lilit Antonyan (Lantonyan1@gmail.com) as payment to secure your spot.

Registration closes at 5PM, Monday, November 28th.

If you have any questions, or difficulty paying the ticket price, please contact zachary.sentell@mail.mcgill.ca.

We look forward to seeing you there!


HGSS x MiCM Transcriptomics Bootcamp

Registration is now open for the upcoming HGSS x MiCM Transcriptomics Bootcamp! The in-person bootcamp will be on December 1st at the McIntyre Medical Building on McGill campus.

The bootcamp will feature a full day of in-person practical workshops with specialized ‘Beginner’ and ‘Advanced’ tracks for students of all levels of experience with transcriptomics. In addition to an entire day of workshops, you will be provided with coffee, refreshments, and a boxed lunch of your choice. The day will conclude with a keynote talk by Dr. Hamed Najafabadi: “Using transcriptomics to understand the gene regulatory basis of human diseases.” The keynote will be open to all McGill students at no cost (no registration required). 

Registration is $15 (limited seats available). The deadline to register is November 21st. We ask that you meet some basic computational prerequisites for each stream to ensure that participants get the most out of this workshop. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact workshop-micm@mcgill.ca or hgssmcgill@gmail.com with any questions you may have!

Upcoming SC Meeting / QE Workshop!

The HGSS is excited to announce the launch of our monthly Academic Corner for HGEN graduate students, starting with an excellent workshop on Supervisory Committee Meetings and Qualifying Exams on November 24th, 1-2pm. A panel of senior Human Genetics Graduate students will present an information session and Q&A (with HGEN department admin) on everything you need to know about holding your SC meetings or QE. This is a free event, and coffee & refreshments will be provided!

Check your email for the registration link.

HGSS Annual General Meeting + Trivia Night

It’s almost time for our Annual General Meeting! We’ll be holding our HGSS Annual General Meeting on November 17th at 6PM, with dinner and a trivia night!

The event will be held at Ye Olde Orchard Pub, 20 Prince Arthur St W, H2X1S3. For a small fee of $8 you will get a three-course meal and one alcoholic drink (or two non-alcoholic drinks)! You can specify meal preferences and dietary restrictions in the registration form.

Our Annual General Meeting is a great opportunity to voice any and all questions, concerns, comments and thoughts on your experience as an HGEN Graduate Student. We also want to hear any feedback and suggestions on how we’re doing as your Human Genetics Students’ Society, so you can let us know what you want to see from us in future!

The Trivia Night will immediately follow the AGM and will be a fun, friendly competition with a prize of $100 for the winning team! Teams will be 5-6 people; you can specify in the registration form if you have your team members in mind, otherwise we can place you in a team! 

Register ASAP – spots are limited! Deadline to register is November 9th! Check your email for the registration link!

AEG2C Satellite In-Person Networking Event


We are very excited to present an in-person satellite event to the AEG2C symposium at Thomson House on November 9th, from 4-6pm, in collaboration with the McGill CERC in Genomic Medicine Program! This will be an excellent opportunity for students, postdocs, faculty and staff to meet, network and discuss EDI in research. Short talks and discussion by AEG2C organizers and McGill students will highlight the importance of young researchers’ voices and actions in promoting genomic health equity. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Register for the satellite event here!

Registration will close October 27th at 12PM.

AEG2C Virtual Symposium on EDI in Genomics

We are excited to share with you an upcoming international virtual Symposium on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Genomics entitled: “Advancing Equity in Genetics and Genomics in Canada (AEG2C)“, which will be held on November 9th and 10th, 2022.
Register for the symposium now!

This event is organized and supported by the McGill Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Genomic Medicine and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Genetics.

This international two-day symposium will highlight the importance and value of inclusion and diversity in genomics to advance our understanding of the mechanisms of diseases and to promote health equity. The virtual event will feature four esteemed keynote speakers, plus many more invited talks as well as insightful round table discussions on a variety of themes relating to equity, diversity and inclusion in research. To learn more about the program, please see the website.


Our very own Larisa Soto is head of the Student Society of the MiCM, who in turn are organising data science workshops for the student community of McGill led by graduate students from different departments!

Next week, they will have an Intro to GitHub workshop! See the attached poster for details!

They will also be offering multiple workshops throughout the summer.

HGSS’ new initiative: HGSS Talks – What I Wish I Knew in Grad School

HGSS is excited to present HGSS Talks! HGSS Talks is a new initiative to allow students to have an open dialogue about the various woes of graduate school. In these get-togethers, we will have a short presentation on a graduate school orientated topic and then have a guided discussion with the hopes of having an engaging dialogue amongst peers. With this, we hope to accomplish increased inclusiveness and sense of community within the Human Genetics Department. 

This week’s discussion will be on “Dealing with failed experiments and projects” on Thursday, January 21st starting at 4:30pm on Zoom. So grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and log in to vent about all of the experiments that didn’t go as planned. Please check your email inbox for the Zoom meeting link.

Upcoming academic talk by Dr. Delgado Olguín

We are starting 2021 with an exciting talk by Dr. Delgado Olguín titled “Epigenetic Dysregulation of Cardiac Metabolism Initiates Myocardium Deterioration Leading to Heart Failure” on Thursday January 28, 202, at 1 PM EST via Zoom.

The Zoom link will only be sent to those who have registered. Check your email inbox or contact us to get the registration link.