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Department of Cell & Systems Biology

Manal Siddiqui is not only a culture and projects manager, she's also a Cell and Systems Biology grad. 

Manal Siddiqui (Hon. B.Sc., 2006) is the Culture and Projects Manager of Vector Insitute, where she manages operations and corporate projects in support of the development and implementation of the organization’s business strategies. Read more about Manal on LinkedIn.

What do employers value about Department of Cell & Systems Biology graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 77% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $54,698/year upon entering the workforce. 66% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Cell & Systems Biology alumni most frequently apply their research and science literacy skills in these industries: 

  • Research 
  • Education 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Media and Communications Operations 
  • Program and Project Management 
  • Consulting 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Sales 
  • Information Technology

graduate or professional school

A Cell & Systems Biology degree equips students with the critical thinking and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Cell & Systems Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Education
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Law
  • Business

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. Prior groups have explored the work environments at the Hospital for Sick Children. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.  

Check out the Profiling Opportunities: Pathways to the Future video series to explore your options.

Take advantage of a mentorship program for new career perspectives. 

Get to know faculty members at a meet and greet dinner.

Gain research experience through a research abroad course, independent research course or by joining a lab.

Join student groups and your student union to build your network and transferable skills.

Participate in CSB time – dedicated time with no scheduled classes to attend events hosted by the department.