In 2008, Université Laval launched the first and only graduate programs in biophotonics in Canada. This initiative is dedicated to the training of a new generation of highly qualified researchers at the interface of life sciences and optics. It also stemmed from the strong expertise of the University in optics/photonics, its major investments in state-of-the art biophotonics infrastructure and technologies, and its desire to promote multidisciplinary training of graduate students. The programs are hosted by the Faculty of Science and Engineering in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, regrouping professors from 3 Faculties and 10 departments at Université Laval. The biophotonics graduate programs offer students from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds the opportunity to train in highly skilled research teams on projects that bridge the gap between traditional research fields. They benefit from transdisciplinary training opportunities in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, neurosciences, medicine, engineering and ethics.