Principal Investigator

Julie Lessard

Chromatin Structure and Stem Cell Biology

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Julie Lessard obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2003 following research work supervised by Dr. Guy Sauvageau at l’Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM). She then left for California to carry out postdoctoral training at Stanford University, in Gerald R. Crabtree’s laboratory.

She became familiar with the proteomics approach and enhanced her knowledge of epigenetic mechanisms that control stem cell function. She joined the IRIC team in 2007.

Principal Investigator, Chromatin Structure and Stem Cell Biology Research Unit, IRIC
Manager of the In Vivo Biology Core Facility

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Research unit on chromatin structure and stem cell biology

Marcelle-Coutu Pavilion, 1306-13

Phone (office)
(514) 343-6111, ext. 0309
(514) 343-7780

Chromatin Structure and Stem Cell Biology

Julie Lessard and her team focus on the role of the SWI/SNF family of genes with respect to the maintenance, proliferation and differentiation of normal and leukemic hematopoietic stem cells. Their work strives to improve the treatment of leukemia patients.

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Awards and distinctions

  • Canada Research Chair Tier 2, Canada Research Chair Program, 2007-2017

  • Human Frontier in Science Program Career Development Award, Human Frontier in Science Program Organization, 2008-2012

  • Canada Top 40 Under 40 Award, The Caldwell Partners International, 2009

  • Personality of the Week La Presse/ Radio-Canada, La Presse/ Radio-Canada, 2009

  • Allan Munck Prize 2008, Darmouth Medical School, 2008

  • Award of Excellence for Best Ph.D. Thesis, L’Association des Doyens des Etudes Supérieures au Québec, 2004

  • Award of Excellence for Best Ph.D. Thesis The Academy of Great Montrealers, 2004

  • Award for Excellence in Research-Hemato/Oncology Berlex Canada Inc, 2002

  • Doctoral scholarship, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 1997-2001

  • Award of Excellence for Best Baccalaureate Thesis University of Ottawa, Faculty of Sciences, 1997

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