MEET THE TEAM
MÉLANIE LAURIN PH.D.
Mélanie received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Côté at the IRCM. During that time, she focussed on understanding the biological roles of the cytoskeletal regulator DOCK1 during development and cancer progression. For her postdoctoral studies, Mélanie joined the lab of Dr. Elaine Fuchs at the Rockefeller University in New York where she pursed her interests for Rho GTPases signalling networks. She investigated the role of these networks during skin morphogenesis by developing a novel screening approach. Throughout her career, Mélanie's work has been published in prestigious journals. Notably, one of her breakthrough received a best publication award form the CIHR Institute of Cancer Research. Mélanie is a strong advocate for mental health awareness. In her free time, she is a runner, a proud dog mom, a dedicated baker and a true crime podcast enthusiast.
Manel obtained her bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology and biotechnology from the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir in Tunisia. Her passion for science brought her to pursue a master's degree in neurology at Université Laval under the supervision of Dr Abid Oueslati. During that time she studied proteins involved in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's. Throughout her training, Manel obtained several awards. She ranked first in her cohort during her bachelor degree and she received an excellence scholarship from the Université Laval. In her free time, Manel enjoys practicing latin dances.
Alessandra started her academic career with a Bachelor's degree in biology from University of Calabria in Italy. Then se obtained a Master's degree in molecular and cellular biology at University of Bologna. Now, she is about to conclude a Master's degree in neuroscience at Université Laval. During her academic career, she developed great interest in health research and she was a brilliant student, being conferred many awards. In her free time, Alessandra loves making Italian food, doing outdoor activities and enjoying nature.
Frédérique is from Bas-St-Laurent and has now been living in Quebec City for the last four years to study at Laval University. She is studying biomedical sciences and is on her way to conclude her Bachelor’s Degree in the spring. She plans on obtaining a master’s degree while also pursuing studies in medicine with an undergraduate medical doctorate. In the future, she hopes to combine clinical practice and research. In her free time, Frédérique is interested in sports and the outdoors. She also enjoys reading and cooking.
Buddy is a the greatest Chihuahua mixed dog. He supports and cheers for the team with his smelly kisses and love for treats. His favorite hobbies include intense fetching session, hunting for food and power napping.