LATEST NEWS

September, 2022

OUR TEAM IS AWARDED A GENEROUS GRANT !

The Billon lab receives a grant from the Alberta Cellular Therapy and Immune Oncology (ACTION) Initiative!

We are honored to receive three years of funding from the Alberta Cellular Therapy and Immune Oncology (ACTION) Initiative!

The ACTION Initiative develops next-generation therapies for cancers of children and adults using immune cells that are engineered to recognize and kill cancer cells. Our lab will deploy our powerful cutting-edge genome editing technologies to engineer next-generation immunotherapies for the benefit of cancer patients in Canada.

This generous Grant is a recognition of the high-quality work and commitment of our lab members! Congratulations to everyone. Now, let's put our ideas into ACTION!

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September, 2022

NAVNEET JOINS OUR LAB!

We are excited to announce that Navneet has started her PhD in our lab!

Navneet completed her Master's at Bangalore University, where she graduated with "First Class Exemplary" and received a Gold Medal for her performance! Navneet recently worked as a Project Assistant in The Department of Biological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Navneet's impressive work has resulted in a first-author paper! Read her article here.

In the lab, Navneet is studying DNA repair and developing innovative new technologies. Stay tuned to hear more about her future discoveries and inventions!

Welcome to the lab, Navneet!

Discover our Team here.

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September, 2022

JADA LEAVES THE LAB

Jada is leaving the lab after an impressive Summer internship with us!

The whole lab thank you Jada for your great work, scientific curiosity, and excellent time in the lab! It was a pleasure to have you in the lab! Your high-quality work and your implication in the lab have impressed everyone!

 

We wish you all the best for the rest of your undergraduate classes, and we hope to see you again soon in one of our benches!

September, 2022

SANCHIT JOINS UBC FOR HIS MASTER!

Congratulations Sanchit for joining UBC for your Master!

 

We thank you for this outstanding undergraduate year in our lab! You have been an exceptional team player and we are grateful for your outstanding work! You will be missed but we know your biggest achievements are yet to come!

Best of luck in Nozomu's lab. We are very proud of you!

August, 2022

JETHRO IS AWARDED THE ALBERTA GRADUATE EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP

For his leadership and awesome work, Jethro receives a scholarship for his Master's!

Congratulations on being awarded a scholarship for your excellence, Jethro! Your leadership and scientific excellence have been recognized by this scholarship. High-quality and persistent work will always pay, and this is just the beginning for you!

 

Our lab is lucky to have you!

July, 2022

LAB SUMMER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The lab went together for rafting in the Bow River to celebrate the great summer in Calgary!

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May, 2022

JADA JOINS THE LAB FOR THE SUMMER

We are excited to announce that Jada Curry has started her summer research experience in the lab! 

Jada is a 2th-year student in the Biological Sciences program at the University of Calgary. Jada will be with us for 4 months!

Welcome, Jada!

April, 2022

CANADIAN SYMPOSIUM ON TELOMERES & GENOME INTEGRITY

The lab​ will attend the 5th Canadian Symposium on Telomeres & Genome Integrity

The lab members will participate in the Canadian Symposium on Genome Stability, with Karlseder and Greenberg as keynote speakers! The meeting is organized in the beautiful village of Canmore in Alberta!

More information about the meeting can be found here.

February, 2022

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE

Today the world is celebrating women scientists!

Congratulations to all the women scientists in the world! Science is better and stronger with you.

 

Thank you for what all the women in the lab, we are honored and privileged to work everyday with such powerful women in our lab!

February, 2022

CRISPR-BASED GENOME EDITING TECHNOLOGIES THROUGH THE LENS OF DNA REPAIR

Our review on the interplay between DNA repair and genome editing technologies is published at Molecular Cell!

We are excited to announce that our review article on CRISPR-based technologies and DNA repair mechanisms has been published.

Congratulation Lou for your outstanding work on the review! 

You can download the PDF of the review and find our recent publications here.

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January, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

We wish everyone a very happy new year to come!

In 2022, the team will grow! We are recruiting highly motivated and ambitious new lab members (postdoc, graduate students and undergraduate students).

 

If you​ are interested in our research and believe you can add to the team, apply by following the instructions here!

November, 2021

DR JEREMIE FAGES RECEIVES THE CUMMING SCHOOL OF MEDICINE POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulation Jeremie for this great award!

We are thrilled to announce that Jeremie has been awarded the prestigious CSM-Robson Postdoctoral Scholarship!

Congratulations! This award is well deserved!

November, 2021

THE LAB IS ONE YEAR OLD

This month the lab is celebrating its first year of existence!

Over the past 12 months, we have already achieved many milestones (1 paper published, 1 patent deposited, 1 paper submitted), built a functional lab to conduct exciting research, and we have recruited the best people to join us in Calgary.

 

We are very excited by what has been realized in a year, and we look forward to seeing what the lab will look like in a year! Stay tuned!

Happy birthday to the Lab Members

October, 2021

PIERRE WILL TALK AT THE ALBERTA CANCER RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Alberta Cancer Research Conference

Pierre has been invited to present some of the work the lab is currently conducting at the Alberta Cancer Research Conference on October 26th, 2021! The conference will host all the leaders in Cancer Research in Alberta and Canada!

Discover here the program of the Conference

October, 2021

UCALGARY ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISING OWN.CANCER CAMPAIGN

The new world-class Calgary Cancer Centre will open in 2023!

The largest Canadian Cancer Centre will open in Calgary at the Foothills Medical Center, where the lab is located! This comprehensive cancer centre will revolutionize cancer treatment by improving prevention, detection and building the capacity to treat cancer patients, increase clinical trials and research space!

Here you can learn about the ambitious fundraising campaign launched by UCalgary and Alberta Cancer Foundation.

September, 2021

THE FIRST PAPER OF THE LAB IS PUBLISHED!

We are thrilled to share that the first paper of the lab has been published in Methods in Enzymology!

In this paper, we provide a point-by-point protocol of the DTECT technology to detect genomic signatures from human diseases or genome editing experiments! We also illustrate the protocol with the capture of prime editing in human cells!

Congratulations, Orléna and Lou for this great work!

Here is the link for a 50-day free access to our paper.

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September, 2021

THE LAB WELCOMES JETHRO AND SANCHIT!

We are excited to announce that Jethro and Sanchit have started in the lab!

We are thrilled to announce that Jethro has started his Master's in our lab!

Jethro was working as a Research Associate in The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada in Prince Edward Island. He previously graduated from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he completed his B.Sc in Genetics. Jethro's impressive work has resulted in two first-author papers! Read his articles here and here.

 

We are also welcoming Sanchit to the lab for his undergrad thesis!

Sanchit is an undergraduate student in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering of the University of Calgary. Sanchit has impressive leadership with multiple volunteering and entrepreneurial activities! He has received numerous awards for his leadership and creativity.

Welcome to the lab! We are lucky to have you here!

Discover our Team here.

August, 2021

BEST OF SUCCESS FOR THE REST OF YOUR CAREER, MAHNOOR AND NILOY !

After an impressive summer of work in the lab, Mahnoor and Niloy are leaving!

The whole lab thank you guys for your great work and excellent time in the lab!

 

We wish you all the best for the rest of your scientific career, and we hope our path will cross again soon!

August, 2021

FIRST LAB SUMMER ACTIVITY !

The lab went together for rafting in the Bow River to celebrate the great summer in Calgary!

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MAHNOOR AND NILOY PRESENT THEIR FIRST JOURNAL CLUB!

Mahnoor and Niloy have presented an interesting saturation mutagenesis

strategy with prime editing

Here is the paper they presented at our journal club:

Saturation variant interpretation using CRISPR prime editing, published in BioRxiv. 

July, 2021

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June, 2021

ORLENA SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HER MASTER!

Caps​ off to Orléna for her graduation with honors!

Orléna has graduated with her French Master's degree. She received the honors "Mention Bien"! This is a remarkable achievement for your hard work and perseverance! The laboratory is proud of you.

Congratulations on your very well-deserved success, Orléna!

June, 2021

JEREMIE JOINS THE LAB!

We are excited to announce that Dr. Fages ​has joined our lab as a Postdoc!

Jérémie has completed his Ph.D. in Toulouse, France in the laboratory of Dr. Didier Trouche/Dr. Yvan Canitrot where he studied the mechanisms that maintain genomic integrity. He published an exciting discovery about the role of JMJD6 in the maintenance of ribosomal DNA integrity in response to DNA damage: Read his article.

In the lab, Jérémie is interested in studying the mechanisms that regulate the DNA damage response using modern genome editing technologies!

Welcome to the lab, Jérémie!

June, 2021

PIERRE IS PRESENTING AT THE CANADA INNOVATES 2021 ORGANIZED BY NEB!

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The inaugural Canada Innovates will be held on June 16, 2021! 

Pierre will be speaking at the first Canada Innovates presented by NEB!​ He will present a new detection platform recently developed for rapid routine COVID-19 variant diagnostics!

The registration for the symposium is free! More information can be found here.

May, 2021

MAHNOOR AND NILOY JOIN THE LAB FOR THE SUMMER!

We are excited to announce that Mahnoor Khan and Niloy Nath have started their summer research experience in the lab! 

Mahnoor was a 4th-year Biological science student at the University of Calgary. Niloy was in the final year of his undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program at McMaster University. Mahnoor and Niloy will be with us for 4 months!

Welcome, Mahnoor and Niloy!

April, 2021

BREAKING NEWS!

Orléna got her first amazing result!

 

The lab is up and running! Important experiments are under way. Keep posted for some great news from Orléna's inventions in the lab! ​

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March, 2021

THE ARNIE CHARBONNEAU CANCER INSTITUTE WELCOMES OUR LAB

Pierre was interviewed by the Charbonneau Cancer Institute

 

Learn more about what it was like for him to move to Calgary during a pandemic and what his lab, The Genome Stability and Editing Laboratory, will focus on in the years ahead.

Read it here

February, 2021

ORLÉNA JOINS THE LAB

We are excited to announce that Orléna Benamozig has joined the lab as an International Visiting Student Researcher!

Orléna is currently completing her Master in a top-rated Biotechnology Master program in France. She is joining the lab to develop innovative new technologies. Stay posted to learn more about her future inventions!

Welcome to the lab, Orléna! 

January, 2021

LOU JOINS THE LAB

We are excited to announce that Lou Baudrier has joined the lab as a Lab Manager!

Lou was previously at the prestigious The Rockefeller University where she studied the metabolism of cancer cells. She has published several high impact articles in Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Cell Metabolism, PNAS and Science Advances!

With her leadership and managerial skills, Lou will manage the lab and help students and postdocs.

Lou will also use her important scientific skills and knowledge to tackle important questions related to the link between cellular metabolism and DNA repair using modern genome editing technologies!

Welcome to the lab, Lou! 

November, 2020

THE LAB IS NOW OPEN!

The lab is open! See the opportunities to join us.

September, 2020

PIERRE WILL PRESENT AT THE SOCIAL DNAing

Pierre has been invited to present, as a "Rising Star" to the Social DNAing

Pierre will present the lab's recent innovation at the Social DNAing. More information how how to register and attend here.

March, 2020

A NOVEL TECHNOLOGY TO DETECT GENOMIC SIGNATURES

Our recent work is published in Cell Reports! We have developed a novel detection method to detect genomic signatures in model systems and samples from cancer patients to determine the resistance to their treatments. Read the article.