Principal Investigator

François Major

RNA Engineering

François Major is one of the precursors of bioinformatics. While beginning his postgraduate studies in computer science at the Université de Montréal in 1984, he applied his knowledge in that field to answer questions relating to biology. His work led him to develop RNA three-dimensional modelling software under the supervision of Robert Cedergren and Guy Lapalme.

After receiving his Ph.D. in 1990, the Investigator completed postdoctoral training at the NCBI under the direction of David Lipman. He was hired by the Université de Montréal in 1994 as an Investigator. In 2005, he was recruited by the IRIC as a Principal Investigator.

Principal Investigator, RNA Engineering Research Unit, IRIC

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal

Accredited Member, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Member, Centre Robert-Cedergren, Université de Montréal

Research unit on RNA engineering

Pavillon Marcelle-Coutu, 3306-11

Phone (office)
(514) 343-6111, ext. 6752
(514) 343-5839

RNA Engineering

François Major’s team specializes in RNA Engineering. Its research aims to predict the tertiary structure of RNAs starting from their sequence, to model interaction networks involving microRNAS and to develop targeted therapies based on a RNA capable of blocking the proliferation of cancer cells to cure and even prevent cancer.

Research topics