Welcome to the Human Genetics Students’ Society!

This is the website for the HGSS, where we’ll post all the latest updates on social and academic events, as well as information on student resources, opportunities, and more. Meet our 2022-2023 exec team here, and your 2022-2023 site representatives here! Don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay up to date with HGSS!



We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Anatomy and Cell Biology to bring you a Spring Fling at Thomson House (3650 McTavish St.), on Friday, May 27th, 2022 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm! Tickets for HGSS students are $15, and include 2 drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Additional guests are welcome.

Register/tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anatomy-and-cell-biology-x-human-genetics-spring-fling-tickets-325963203717?fbclid=IwAR1jbLGnkXxFqwbsJlPyUGIsJMSCk6-Cnq_4PXRyJfNqtu32vn-R2sR_J-w

This is a great opportunity to meet with students in your own and different programs! We hope to see you there!


We are kicking off Summer 2022 with 3 new Health & Wellness (H&W) initiatives!

1.            Biweekly Health and Wellness Announcements

2.            Anonymous suggestion/feedback box

3.            Monthly Mont Royal Hikes – first one is May 12th at 5:30 PM

Biweekly Health and Wellness Announcements

One of our chief goals with the Health and Wellness component of HGSS is to foster a healthier grad school experience for HGSS students. We will be sharing resources/educative material through our bi-weekly H&W announcements. We will also create low stakes and easy-going activities that will allow students to connect with each other and take a break from their academic life.

We want to be able to quickly plan these activities and carry them out when inspiration strikes! So, starting the month of May, we will be sending out biweekly health and wellness emails to announce upcoming activities and initiatives. Hopefully, this will offer us a way to engage you, while also being flexible to any new ideas!


Anonymous suggestion/feedback box (link in email)

Secondly, as a part of our Health and Wellness initiative, we promised to set up an anonymous suggestion/feedback box.  We recognize that some people will feel more comfortable expressing their concerns, suggestions, or constructive criticisms in a low-pressure environment. We encourage to share your thoughts with us about what we can do better, areas we are not providing enough attention to, and more. We will try our very best to read every single submission and give it the appropriate consideration it deserves. 

Monthly Mont Royal Hikes (registration link in email)

Starting May, we will be organizing a hike/walk up Mont Royal together. This activity is simply designed to allow us to spend more time together while pursuing exercise in an easy-going setting.  We aim to host this event on the first Thursday of every month. However, we will adjust if the weather is bad or there are major conflicting events.

First HGSS Mont-Royal Hike: Thursday May 12th at 5:30 PM.


We are excited to finally bring you the follow-up workshop for Dr. Sirui Zhou’s talk in March!

This workshop will be led by Noah Reinhardt, and will be held Monday, May 16th, at 4PM.

novor.cloud: A Web Platform for Protein Identification and de novo Sequencing
The discipline of molecular biology has become indispensable for discovering solutions in life sciences. While DNA sequencing has become integral to this effort, protein sequencing enables further characterization of genetic products, including alternate forms and post-translational identifications. Building on decades of proteomics research, Rapid Novor has developed world-leading algorithms in protein identification through database search and de novo sequencing. In this workshop, we will explore novor.cloud, a free web platform that enables researchers to identify proteins from mass spectrometry data.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JiZA9kkYRI8tk0g6qLPI35TtcuYS2UblqfydBYetaro/viewform?edit_requested=true

Zoom link here: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/81536844504


Many of you have indicated your desire to participate in a Summer/Spring volleyball intramural. We have heard you, and we will be starting off with May Volleyball intramurals! Like previously, we will be joining the open league, which is play-for-fun, great for beginners. There will be a cost to participate, and this will depend on how many of us register. We are estimating that it will be around 12-20 dollars per person.

The game times are yet to be determined by IMleagues, but they are aiming to host these games 6PM- 9 PM throughout the month of May. Please find the sign-up sheet link below, and fill it out as soon as possible.


LUNCH AND LEARN: Sustaining Supervision: Managing your supervisor-supervisee relationship

You are invited to attend the next Lunch & Learn event - Lunch & Learn: Sustaining Supervision: Managing your supervisor-supervisee relationship. This is an interactive webinar on supervision practices, procedures and resources. 

Topic:  Sustaining Supervision: Managing your supervisor-supervisee relationship 

Time & Place: March 31, 12pm, online


·       Chantelle Thauvette PhD- Academic Projects Officer – Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 

·       Lorraine Chalifour PhD – Associate Dean – Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 

Please take a minute to register so that we can make arrangements for refreshments.   


The organisers are planning to provide refreshments to registrants in accordance with public health guidelines at the main graduate and postdoc locations across McGill and Research Institute locations. Precise refreshment locations and the zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event.  


Background: The faculty Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and two student-led groups, the Graduate Health and Wellness Working Group (GHWWG) and Students Advocating for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (SAFE) are hosting a monthly Lunch and Learn series for graduate students and postdocs in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Lunch and Learn events are held on the last Thursday of every month and rotate between 3 topics: academic development, health and wellness, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Upcoming topics include:  Cognitive Diversity, Universal Design, Negotiating Power Dynamics, Understanding Disabilities and Assistive Technology. 


We are proud to announce our next entry in our series of lectures and workshops to help strengthen bioinformatics and computational biology knowledge in our student body:

Block 1: genomics/epigenomics/transcriptomics

Block 2: proteomics

Block 3: metabolomics

Each block will be headed by a lecture from a leading researcher in the field, followed by an introductory level workshop or resource package that will help students learn how to conduct similar research. Our third talk is:

Linking genomics and proteomics to inform drug discovery by Dr. Sirui Zhou, PhD, Assistant Professor, on March 28th, 4PM (workshop TBA).

High throughput proteomics platforms enable the quantification of thousands of circulating proteins, many of which result from biological processes that directly reflect disease pathogenesis happening in specific tissues. Circulating proteome provides evidence between genome and disease, which has the potential to identify causal disease genes and can be leveraged to pinpoint intervention points or new drug targets for therapies. In this talk we will review major proteomics technologies, recent large studies with the identification of the genetic architecture of circulating proteins, and examples of using these quantitative trait loci (pQTLs) to map causal proteins to diseases. 

Registration and zoom links in email!
About Dr. Sirui Zhou:Sirui Zhou was trained as a PhD in Neurogenetics from the University of Montreal and later worked as a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at the Lady Davis Institute. Her background includes population genetics, genetic epidemiology and complex trait genomics. Her research interest is to leverage large omics data, particularly genomics and proteomics, to identify drug targets for complex disorders in diverse populations.
We hope to see you there!