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Michelle Scott

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
Principal Investigator


Michelle completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Montreal in Biochemistry and a Masters degree at the University of Calgary in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology followed by several semesters in computer engineering before discovering Bioinformatics. Following this revelation, she undertook a PhD in Bioinformatics at McGill University in Montreal under the co-supervision of Mike Hallett and David Thomas, studying the prediction and characterization of protein localization in the cell. She then moved to Geoff Barton's group at the University of Dundee in Scotland for her postdoc. Amongst her research interests during this time, she investigated the prediction of protein-protein interactions in human and the localization of proteins in the nucleolus, creating the predictors PIPs (human protein-protein interaction predictor) and NoD (nucleolar localization sequence detector). During this time, she also got intiated into the marvelous world of RNA (and particularly snoRNAs) by members of the Lamond group.

Michelle is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sherbrooke, and a member of the Riboclub.
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Mélodie Berthoumieux

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc student


Mélodie obtained a cellular bilogy and physiologie license as well as a master in biohealth : genes, cells and development at Université Pauls Sabatier in Toulouse, France.

A major proportion of biological analysis are heading toward high-troughput methods. Mélodie went through a bioinformatic formation at Université de Toulouse in order to understand and analyse by herself every steps of her future research.

It led her to join Michelle Scott's research group in co-direction with Sherif Abou Elela as a M.Sc candidate.

Despite the obvious challenges a young woman from southern France must face to adapt to the climate and public transport network of Sherbrooke, Mélodie's french accent from Toulouse survived the winter.

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Vincent Boivin

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student
The Recycler

Vincent obtained his bachelor molecular biology at the University of Sherbrooke and then began his master degree on the implication of snoRNAs in the regulation of alternative splicing and the expression of transcripts at Michelle Scott’s bioinformatics lab. He was born in the depths of the forest in the small county of La Tuque where he became an adept of hunting, fishing, botanic and mycology.

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Philia Bourelle-Bouchard

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc student


Philia is a 2017 Université de Sherbrooke graduate in health biochemistry who first started working at Scott lab in the fall of 2016 doing research credits. Philia would go on to do additional research credits in the winter before interning during the summer and fall semesters consecutively. Philia now pursues graduate studies in biochemistry.  

Roles: snoDB developer, webmaster.

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Gabrielle Deschamps-Francoeur

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student


Gabrielle obtained a bachelor's degree in biotechnological engineering from the University of Sherbrooke. She started her master’s degree in May 2016 in Professor Michelle Scott's group in which she completed two internships during her undergraduate studies.

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Jean-Michel Garant

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD candidate


Jean-Michel is a PhD candidate co-directed by professors Jean-Pierre Perreault and Michelle Scott since January 2014. He completed his bachelor degree at Université de Sherbrooke in biochemistry. Jean-Michel is the current webmaster and developper of G4RNA's tools.

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Safa Jammali

Department of Computer Science, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student


Safa is a PhD student in Computer Sciences with Bioinformatics profile at "Université de Sherbrooke". She is studying under the supervision of Pr. Aïda Ouangraoua and Pr. Michelle Scott. Her project is focused on representation and prediction of genes structures.

She holds a geomatic master degree with remote sensing specialization from "Université de Sherbrooke", in which she performed a computational analysis of NASA satellite images in order to estimate the soil moisture in forest areas. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics-informatics from the faculty of sciences of Sfax in Tunisia.

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Joël Simoneau

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc student


Joël is a biotechnological engineer bachelor student of Université de Sherbrooke and spent the 2017 winter session in Michelle Scott’s laboratory. During his stay, Joël worked on the regulation of proteins localization with a particular interest to nuclear proteins intended for mitochondria. Joël also had the opportunity to write a text about himself at the third person.

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Delong Zhou

Department of Microbiology, University of Sherbrooke
PhD student


Delong obtained an engineer degree from École Centrale Paris in 2012.

Since April 2013 he joined the lab of Sherif Abou Elela in co-direction with Michelle Scott to study how the regulation of alternative splicing is implied in the biology of ovarian cancer.

Hardcore gamer and proud veteran of the HORDE.

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Étienne Fafard-Couture

Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology


Étienne is an undergraduate student from the Department of Cellulare and Molecular Biology at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is doing his T2 intership in Michelle Scott's lab of bioinformatics during the fall 2018 semester and plans to return during the winter semester to do research credits. His project centers around the charactarization of the human snoRNAome.


As indicated by his profile picture, Étienne loves climbing up and skiing down mountains!