Team


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Michelle Scott

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
Principal Investigator

Description


Michelle completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Montreal in Biochemistry and a Masters degree at the University of Calgary in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology followed by several semesters in computer engineering before discovering Bioinformatics. Following this revelation, she undertook a PhD in Bioinformatics at McGill University in Montreal under the co-supervision of Mike Hallett and David Thomas, studying the prediction and characterization of protein localization in the cell. She then moved to Geoff Barton's group at the University of Dundee in Scotland for her postdoc. Amongst her research interests during this time, she investigated the prediction of protein-protein interactions in human and the localization of proteins in the nucleolus, creating the predictors PIPs (human protein-protein interaction predictor) and NoD (nucleolar localization sequence detector). During this time, she also got intiated into the marvelous world of RNA (and particularly snoRNAs) by members of the Lamond group.

 

Michelle is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sherbrooke, and a member of the Riboclub.

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Gabrielle Deschamps-Francoeur

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD candidate

Description


Gabrielle obtained a bachelor's degree in biotechnological engineering from the University of Sherbrooke. She started her master’s degree in May 2016 in Professor Michelle Scott's group in which she completed two internships during her undergraduate studies. In January 2018, she did a fast-track to a doctorate taking interest in machine learning. Among her hobbies are baking and horticulture, both of which are well appreciated by her colleagues!

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Hoang Dong Nguyen

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD candidate

Description


Hoang Dong completed a bachelor in biology at the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse. In order to finalize his master degree in bioinformatics, he obtained a intership for the winter session at the bioinformatic lab of Michelle Scott, co-supervised by Maxime Richer and Andréa Allaire with the aim of discovering new molecular and genetic biomarkers that would allow for a reliable classification of humain brain cancer malignancy.

 

Hoang Dong, with his common contraction Hoang, discovered that he loved bioinformatic as much as Quebec beers.

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Laurence Faucher-Giguère

Department of Microbiology, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD candidate

Description


Laurence graduated from Bishop's University in Biochemistry. She began her master's degree in the summer of 2018 in the laboratory of Sherif Abou Elela codirected with Michelle Scott. Her project is about understanding the role and mechanism of overexpressed snoRNAs in high-grade ovarian cancer to discover biomarkers as earlier diagnostic tools for this very aggressive cancer.​

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Étienne Fafard-Couture

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student

Description


Étienne obtained a bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology from Université de Sherbrooke in December 2019. During that time, he completed his T2 internship in Michelle Scott's lab in fall 2018 and returned during the subsequent winter and fall semesters to do research credits. He has now started his PhD degree in the lab, with an addition of Pierre-Étienne Jacques as his co-supervisor. His project centers around the characterization of the human snoRNome.

 

As indicated by his profile picture, Étienne loves climbing up and skiing down mountains!

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Danny Bergeron

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD candidate

Description


Danny obtained a bachelor and master's degree in biochemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2011 and 2013 respectively. During the next 6 years, he worked as a Research Assistant in a laboratory focused on, among other things, post-transcriptional gene regulation and ribosome biogenesis. In 2017, in his spare time, Danny began discovering the basics of computer programming. Already a big fan of puzzles and problem solving, he rapidly developed a passion for it. This led to the decision to merge biology and computer sciences in 2019, where he began a PhD degree in Pr. Scott's group. His main project is focused on the study of snoRNAs non-canonical functions.

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Kristina Song

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc Student

Description


Kristina graduated from McGill University in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and biology. During her last year of undergrad, she completed a 6-months internship at the Scott lab studying the yeast transcriptome. Kristina returned to the lab in September 2021 and started her Master’s degree. Her project is on the investigation of the diversity of functions guided by human snoRNAs. Outside of the lab, Kristina is busy learning French!

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Sérine Benachenhou

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc Student

Description


Serine received her undergraduate degree in health biochemistry. During her internship, she was interested in the metabolic disorder of lipids and biochemical alterations in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). Having a growing interest in clinical biochemistry, mathematics and programming, this led her to begin her Masters in Biochemistry in the fall of 2020 in the laboratory of Dre. Artuela Çaku, co-supervised by professor Michelle Scott. Her project focuses on the discovery of differentially expressed genes in ASD and FXS involved in the cholesterol metabolic pathway in order to predict autism in subgroups of individuals using bioinformatics tools.

 

Outside of work, Sérine has several varied passions, such as gaming, piano, guitar and classical music.

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Jean Vencic

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student

Description


Jean obtained a bachelor's degree in biology and is completing his master's degree in Bioinformatics from Paris-Saclay University with a 6 months internship in Michelle Scott's group since mid-March. Based on the recent advances in G-quadruplex (G4) prediction and study in the human transcriptome, the aim of the interniship is to explore more precisely if there are specificities regarding the nervous system transcriptom.

Apart from his subject, Jean is enthousiastic about reproductibility and loves to find better ways to program.