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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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Anna Akuvi Kafui Akpawu

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc candidate

In 2011 Got her Bsc (with Honours) from Carleton University in Biochemistry/biotechnology. (Ottawa)

Then worked as a research assistant for Tranzyme Pharma (Sherbrooke) for a year, decided to stay in Sherbrooke and do her masters. She first did an internship in winter 2012 in Scott’s lab and was Dr. Scott’s first Msc. Student. Her project: ‘Study of the pre-translational regulation of the inclusion of protein localization motif’.

‘I’m lucky to have a diverse background (from Togo  and Philippines) and up for new challenges!’.

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Philippe Balthazar

Department of Informatic Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke

Philippe completed his bachelor degree in biochemestry from Université de Sherbrooke since 2014 and is currently doing is  bachelor degree in computer engineering. His internship in professor Michelle Scott's lab mixes well these two passions.

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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 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.

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Michaël Desgagné

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke

Third year bachelor's student in biochemistry at Sherbrooke's university. Intern at Michelle Scott's lab, supervised by Eric Massé in the microbiome characterisation project.

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Fabien Dupuis-Sandoval

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
MSc candidate

Graduated from Bishop's University in 2014 with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. Fabien joined Dr.Scott's lab in 2013 and started learning computer sciences. His main focus is in the characterization of snoRNA species.

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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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Lori Girard-Dumont

Department of Computer Sciences, Bishop's University

Lori is currently doing a bioinformatic internship in Dr. Scott and Dr. Bachand’s laboratory and will start her third and last year of undergraduate studies in the field of computer science at Bishop’s University. When she isn’t in the lab, Lori can be found speeding down a ski slope or relaxing while fishing on a lake. She is also a huge Harry Potter fan!

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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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Mikael Luce

Department of Computer Science, Université de Sherbrooke

Mikael completed a Business Informatics college diplome at "CEGEP de Rimouski". That formation gave  him possibilities to work in science. Then he has been hired at Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI) as a technician and after, at Laurentian Forestry Centre (LFC) as a programmer for Guy LaRocque on the ZELIG-CFS gap model, a forest succession model.

As soon as he got his college diploma, he knew that he would going to go to study at university which he began in fall of 2013 at University of Sherbrooke.

In the context of his undergraduated formation, he completed two internships as a programmer for Michelle Scott where he, amongst others, built the content management system (CMS) used to manage the current website and contribute on the implementation of G4RNA and AS-MOTIF (comming soon).

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Darren Mathurin St-Pierre

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke

Student in Biochemistry at Université de Sherbrooke, his college background in Mathematics and Computer Science inspired Darren to pursue research credits followed by an intership in bioinformatics with professor Michelle Scott, PhD.

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Mikaël Poirier

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke

Undergraduate student in health biochemistry at Université de Sherbrooke and graduated from Saint-Hyacinthe college in biotechnology laboratory technical formation. He is a sympathic medieval age and martial arts junky, but can bite during full moon nights.

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Félix Primeau

Department of Mathematic, Université de Sherbrooke

Bachelor student in pure mathematics at Université de Sherbrooke and currently intern in Michelle Scott's laboratory working on the alternative proteins project, co-supervised by Xavier Roucou.

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Gabriel Robert

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke

Bachelor student in biochemistry at Université de Sherbrooke and currently intern in Michelle Scott's laboratory for her project of intestinal microbiome characterisation, co-supervised by Eric Massé.

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Audrey Roy

Department of Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke
MD - MSc candidate

Audrey has been studying medecine for two years at the Université de Sherbrooke. She did two interships in Michelle Scott’s lab in 2013 and 2014. She is now completing a master degree in order to get a M.D.-M.Sc. diploma, which will allow her to combine research and clinical practice. She is working on the characterisation of the snoRNAs.

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Sondos Samandi

Department of Biochemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
Post-doctoral Fellow

Actually a Postdoc in bioinformatic for Pr Xavier Roucou and Pre Michelle Scott at Université de Sherbrooke.

Obtained her Ph.D in bioinformatic (Université de sciences de Tunis 2009-2014) et her master in bioinformatic (Université de Québec à Montréal 2014-2015)

Fencer in the National Tunisian Fencing Team (1994-2008), qualified for Athens Olympic games in 2004, Africa Champion in 2003 and gold medalist of Arabic countries championship (2003, 2004, 2005).

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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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Yvan Tran

Department of Computer Science, Université de Sherbrooke

Yvan is currently doing a bio-informatic internship for Pr Scott's laboratory as an undergraduate student in computer science.

Having lived more than a thousand year, Yvan is currently in the process of perfecting a tool which purpose is hiding in the depths of the abyss.

Nevertheless,some rumors tell the legend of a certain project consisting of providing a graphical representation of a gene, its transcripts, its exons and its domains for every one to use. But rumors will always be rumors right?

When he is away from the lab, Yvan can be seen sleeping all day long, gaming, watching movies/series, chilling at restaurants and cinemas, reading and watching various things from the range of scientific articles to the infamous "Epic sax guy 10 hours".

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Daniel Tucunduva

Department Computer Science, Bishop's University

Daniel got a bachelor degree in Law in Brazil, then went on to doing two years of Medicine before accepting a scholarship to study Computer Science for one year in Canada. Evidently a very usual path. Much to his surprise and happiness, what should be a temporary detour turned out to be the best decision of his life, and he is now a happy computer scientist in the making. Daniel is excited to join Pr. Scott's group and use computer science allied to his bit of background from medicine.

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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 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!

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Clément Desjardins-Henri

Department of Computer Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

Graduated from Cegep Lionel-Groulx in Mathematic and Computer Sciences and bachelor's student at Université de Sherbrooke in Imaging and Digital Media Sciences. He works on a heatmap tool for the snoDB project. Always salutes with the devil horns because he's 60% made of liquid metal.
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Tommy Duval

Département d'anatomie et de biologie cellulaire


Tommy is a 3rd year student at the university of Sherbrooke in molecular biology. He is doing his 3rd internship in Michelle's laboratory analysing RNA-RNA  interaction data implicating snoRNAs.

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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
MSc 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.​