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About Christine

Christine grew up in Winnipeg, near the geographical center of Canada. She completed her BSc in Genetics at the University of Manitoba in 1997. She went on to complete her doctorate work in Biochemistry also at the University of Manitoba with the late Dr. Arnold Greenberg. She was focused on the BCL-2 related protein BNIP3 which is now a recognized player in autophagy.


Christine was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Don Cleveland at the Ludwig Institute at the University of California San Diego. She studied the cell biology underlying motor neuron loss in the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Her work included study of ALS2 and SOD1-mediated pathogenesis.


After her California adventure, Christine returned to the Great White North to establish her lab in 2007 at the CHUM Research Center, an affiliate of the Universite de Montreal, located in downtown Montreal.  Her current research interest is how RNA binding proteins contribute to ALS pathogenesis. She is currently Professor in the Department of Neurosciences, is a former CIHR New Investigator, and a current FRQS Senior Research Scholar.

At the request of her eldest child, she would like the world to know she also has two boys that keep her busy - Riley and Mason. Both are amazing, and life is never boring.


Work hard, play hard!



Alicia Dubinski 

PhD student (Neurosciences)


Stress granules in vivo

Jade-Emmanuelle Deshaies

Research Assistant, MSc

hnRNP A1 and ALS biology

Asmita Ghosh, PhD 

Postdoctoral fellow (Neurosciences)


G3BP1 function beyond stress granules

Sarah Peyrard

Research technician, AHT


Mistress of the animals (and lab!)



Hana Fakim, PhD 

Postdoctoral fellow (Neurosciences)


G3BP1 mRNA biology

Mariana Llasera

MSc student (Biochemistry)


hnRNP A1 isoforms

Mariam Choughari

PhD student (Neurosciences)

Stress granules as therapy

Asana Shokri

MSc student (Neurosciences)

Stress granules as therapy

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Valerie Triassi

Bioinformatician, MSc


Anais Aulas

PhD (Biochemistry), 2014


Current: Postdoctoral fellow (France)

Previous: Postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Paul Anderson, Harvard, Brigham Womens)

Sarah Pickles

PhD (Biochemistry), 2015


Current: Postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Leonard Petrucelli, Mayo Clinic)

Previous: Postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Richard Youle, NIH)

Stephanie Stabile

MSc (Neuroscience), 2013



Karli McDonald

MSc (Biomedical Sciences), 2012


Current: Medical Liason, Allergan

Celine Desseille, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow (Neurosciences), 2016-2018

Current: Postdoctoral fellow, France

Guillaume Caron

MSc student (Neurosciences), 2015


Current:  Studying at Polytechnique

Sabrina Semmler

PhD student (Neurosciences), 2019

Co-supervised with Dr. Heidi McBride

Current: Executive assistant to Scientific Director, DZNE, Germany

Yousra Khalfallah

PhD student (Biochemistry), 2019

Current: CellCarta

Laurie Destroismaisons

Research assistant (2009-2017)


Current:  Missionnary in Panama

Sophie Rolland

MSc student (Neurosciences), 2018


Current: Private clinic


Walters Aji Tebung, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow (Neurosciences), 2018-2020


Current: Georgetown University, Medical School

Hadjara Sidibe

PhD student (Neurosciences)

Current: Confluence Therapeutics


Julie Pepin

Research Assistant, MSc​  2019

Motor neuron specialist

Myriam Gagne

PhD student (Biochemistry) 2022

Current: Clinical biochemistry fellowship

STAGIAIRES/Undergraduate Interns

Sami Haicheur (UdeM undergrad)

Mathieu Dubuc (UdeM undergrad)

Cloe Fontaine-Carbonneau (U. Sherbrooke, coop)

Celia Antoine (M1, France)

Charlotte Baudouin (M2, Leuven)

Quentin Delmotte (M2, Aix-Marseille)

Emeline Hamon (M1, Paris)

Jihene Gasmi (PDF)

Maxime Vergouts (M2, Leuven)

Sarah Cadot (M2, Toulouse)

Hannah Lomas (PDF with Guy Rouleau)

Maude Forest (UdeM, undergrad)

Yasmin Boukhedimi (UQAM, undergrad)

Lydia St-Onge (UdeM undergrad)

Evghenia Beleac (UdeM undergrad)

Enzo Bomal (UdeM undergrad)

Eve-Lynne Kyle (CEGEP)

Naike Barbosa (UdeM undergrad)

Helena Malo (UdeM undergrad)

Andreanne Lacombe (U. Sherbrooke)

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