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Admission Requirements

Master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by Université Laval) in Phytochemistry or a subject closely related to the selected graduate work (e.g. Soil science, Environmental Studies, Hydrology, Forestry).

High Academic Achievement: The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 2.67 out of a possible 4.33.

Proficiency in French/English: Proficiency in English or French is required. 

Courses are offered in French, however

  • They may be taken in the 2nd year after the student has taken French upgrade courses.
  • Course exams are available in English.
  • 2 seminars can be delivered in English.

Other requirements: The student will be accepted in the laboratory after an interview with the professor supervising the student and the reception of a motivation letter. Please note that students cannot enter the PhD program until their MSc degree has been awarded, or all requirements completed.

Program Requirements

Compulsory Courses (6 credits)

  • BVG-7002 Experimental Statistical Design 
  • BVG-8000 Research Proposal
  • BVG-8001 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
  • BVG-8003 Final Research Seminar

Complementary Courses (3 credits)

  • Choice within a list of optional courses 

Thesis (81 credits) 

Total: 90 credits

Research Areas

  • Phytochemistry, bioactive compounds, polyphenols, medicinal plants, LC-MS, metabolomics, extraction, pharmacognosy, organic chemistry, analytical equipment.

Description of research project: the study of tannins and flavonols on the positive modulation of the gut microbiota. We intend to integrate the following research concepts: new extraction methods for the molecules of interest (i.e. HHP methodologies) ; sophisticated analysis of microbial metabolites of polyphenols on the metabolomics core-unit of INAF (LC-QToF/LC-ESI-MS/MS) ; and modulation of gut microbiota by these molecules in an artificial digestive system (SHIME).

Financial Support - Doctoral Funding

Steps Amount*
Step 1 (Semester 1 to 8)    $ 13 500
Step 2 (Semester 9 to 10) $ 1 200
Step 3 (Semester 11 to 12) $ 1 600 
Total $ 16 300

* All amounts are in Canadian dollars.


NSERC-Diana Food Chair on prebiotic effects of fruits and vegetables polyphenols

Yves Desjardins is full professor at the Plant Science department and he is affiliated with the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods at Université Laval, Québec Canada. Trained in plant physiology, he is conducting research on phytochemistry and functionality of bioactive compounds from plants.