Principal Investigator

Katherine Borden

Structure and Function of the Cell Nucleus

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Katherine Borden earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Yale University where she worked under the direction of Fred Richards. She then completed two postdoctoral fellowships in the United Kingdom at the National Institute for Medical Research (now the Crick Institute) and the Imperical Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK), under the supervision of Andrew Lane and Paul Freemont & Ellen Solomon, where she developed expertise in structural, molecular, cell and cancer biology.

After working as a Professor at Dalhousie University, then at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, she joined the IRIC team in 2004.

Principal Investigator, Structure and Function of the Cell Nucleus Research Unit, IRIC
Biophysics/NMR Core Facility Scientific direction

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

Research unit on structure and function of the cell nucleus

Marcelle-Coutu Pavilion, 1306-15

Phone (office)
(514) 343-6291
(514) 343-7780

Structure and Function of the Cell Nucleus

Katherine Borden’s team seeks to shed light on how cells become cancerous. It particularly focuses on the disconnect between the transcriptome and the proteome. Her team focuses on dysregulated RNA processing as a major driver of this connect and explores its impacts in cancer. Further, her team, strives to leverage novel findings in RNA biochemistry in the clinic.

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Awards and distinctions

  • Fellow, Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada

  • Canadian Science Publishing Senior Investigator Award, Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, 2022

  • Scholar of National Institutes of Health, 2021-2026

  • Women Leader in Science, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society USA, 2018

  • Senior Canada Research Chair, Molecular Biology of the Cell Nucleus, 2004-2025

  • Selected as Top 10 Stories in Leukemia Research by the Leukemia nad Lymphoma Society, 2012

  • Distinguished Scientist of the Canadian Society of Clinical Investigation, 2011

  • Stohlman Scholar, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society USA, 2005

  • Scholar of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society USA, 2000-2005

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