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The Pillars of IRIC: meet Gabrielle Jacob

Published on February 13, 2023

In 2023, IRIC celebrates its 20th anniversary. Among the initiatives put in place to celebrate this anniversary, the series of portraits entitled “The Pillars of IRIC” will highlight the people who have contributed since the very beginning, sometimes in the shadows, to make IRIC what it has become.

Today, meet Gabrielle Jacob, Administrative Technician in IRIC’s Finance team.

Gabrielle Jacob arrived at IRIC in 2005, after having worked for 14 years for the libraries of the City of Montreal. The creation of a new institute, dedicated to cancer research, charmed her and convinced her to join the adventure.

Aa a member of the finance team as an administrative technician, Gabrielle assists and advises administrative teams, researchers, and the student community at IRIC. Coordinating student scholarships, opening projects, transferring funds, invoicing: Gabrielle accomplishes a wide variety of tasks, always with a smile and a lot of dynamism.

She generously agreed to answer a few questions:


Do you have a memorable anecdote related to IRIC?

Few people know that before joining the finance team, I worked for two years at the in vivo biology platform. I even made my debut at the Roger-Gaudry pavilion (main pavilion of the mountain campus of the Université de Montréal).


What motivates you to stay at IRIC after all these years?

The passion of the people, of our researchers.


Tell us about an accomplishment that makes you proud of your work at IRIC

Unfortunately, I did not discover THE miracle molecule to cure all cancers [laughs]. But I am proud every time I manage to help a student who has a scholarship problem or a researcher who obtains a new grant.


Can you tell us about a key figure, a model, a mentor for you at IRIC?

The name that immediately comes to mind is Trang Hoang, Director of the Hematopoiesis and Leukemia Research Unit at IRIC. This woman is a renowned researcher, endowed with extraordinary perseverance, who nevertheless remains accessible and generous.


From yesterday to today, what has changed the most at the Institute?

The staff, my colleagues; teams have changed a lot over the years.

A hobby of the last 20 years:
Running! But I prefer hiking in the forest or in the mountains.
Best innovation of the last 20 years:
The smartphones.
Song you were listening to 20 years ago:
Embarque ma belle, from Kaïn.
Happy disappearance of the last 20 years:
A wish for 20 years from now:
The cure for all cancers!

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