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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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Gabrielle Deschamps-Francoeur

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD candidate


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. In January 2018, she did a fast-track to a doctorate taking interest in machine learning. Among her hobbies are baking and horticulture, both of which are well appreciated by her colleagues!

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Delong Zhou

Department of Microbiology, University of Sherbrooke
PhD candidate


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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Hoang Dong Nguyen

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student


Hoang Dong completed a bachelor in biology at the Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse. In order to finalize his master degree in bioinformatics, he obtained a intership for the winter session at the bioinformatic lab of Michelle Scott, co-supervised by Maxime Richer and Andréa Allaire with the aim of discovering new molecular and genetic biomarkers that would allow for a reliable classification of humain brain cancer malignancy.


Hoang Dong, with his common contraction Hoang, discovered that he loved bioinformatic as much as Quebec beers.

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Étienne Fafard-Couture

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc Student


Étienne obtained a bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology from the Université de Sherbrooke in December 2019. During that time, he completed his T2 intership in Michelle Scott's lab in fall 2018 returned during the subsequent winter and fall semesters to do research credits. He has now started his master's degree; his project centers around the charactarization of the human snoRNome.


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

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Gaspard Reulet

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc Student


Gaspard obtained a bachelor's degree in biology from the Université de Sherbrooke in April 2019. Since he started in professor Michelle Scott's group in the winter of 2018 for research credits, he has never left the laboratory and started his master's degree in May 2019. Using new RNA-seq methodologies, Gaspard is interested in correctly characterizing the budding yeast's transcriptome  and improving it's genomic annotation.
He also stands for reproducible science and it will be his pleasure to tell you about Snakemake. On his free time, Gaspard can be found road/mountain biking, climbing, backcountry skiing, playing outdoors.


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Laurence Faucher-Giguère

Department of Microbiology, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student


Laurence graduated from Bishop's University in Biochemistry. She began her master's degree in the summer of 2018 in the laboratory of Sherif Abou Elela codirected with Michelle Scott. Her project is about understanding the role and mechanism of overexpressed snoRNAs in high-grade ovarian cancer to discover biomarkers as earlier diagnostic tools for this very aggressive cancer.​

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Danny Bergeron

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student


Danny obtained a bachelor and master's degree in biochemistry from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2011 and 2013 respectively. During the next 6 years, he worked as a Research Assistant in a laboratory focused on, among other things, post-transcriptional gene regulation and ribosome biogenesis. In 2017, in his spare time, Danny began discovering the basics of computer programming. Already a big fan of puzzles and problem solving, he rapidly developed a passion for it. This led to the decision to merge biology and computer sciences in 2019, where he began a PhD degree in Pr. Scott's group. His main project is focused on the study of snoRNAs non-canonical functions.

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Jean Vencic

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
PhD student


Jean obtained a bachelor's degree in biology and is completing his master's degree in Bioinformatics from Paris-Saclay University with a 6 months internship in Michelle Scott's group since mid-March. Based on the recent advances in G-quadruplex (G4) prediction and study in the human transcriptome, the aim of the interniship is to explore more precisely if there are specificities regarding the nervous system transcriptom.

Apart from his subject, Jean is enthousiastic about reproductibility and loves to find better ways to program.

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Kristina Song

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke


Kristina is a third year undergraduate student at McGill University joint-majoring in computer science and biology. She is currently doing a 6 months internship in Michelle Scott’s lab studying the yeast transcriptome to see if there are any corrections to be made to the current yeast genome annotation. Outside of the lab, Kristina likes to try new foods and watch Youtube videos.