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Pierre Billon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Postdoc: Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, USA
Ph.D.: Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
M.Sc.: Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
Twitter: @DrBillonPierre

Current lab members:


Lou Baudrier, M.Sc
Lab Manager

Lou has a strong interest in genome editing technologies and cellular metabolism. She was engaged in several important discoveries by deploying high-throughput CRISPR screens in cancer cells and mouse models. She wants to continue exploring the endless connection between genetics and cellular phenotypes using cutting-edge genome editing technologies.

Selected publications:
Garcia-Bermudez, Baudrier et al., Nature 2019
Garcia-Bermudez, Baudrier et al., Nature Cell Biology 2019
Zhu, Chudnovskiy, Baudrier et al., Cell Metabolism 2020
Guarecuco, Williams, 
Baudrier et al., Science Advances 2020
Bayraktar, Baudrier et al., PNAS 2018


Orléna Benamozig
International Visiting Student Researcher
M.Sc.: Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France

Orléna is passionate about learning modern genome editing technologies and has a strong interest in the development of technologies for the detection of genetic variation. Orléna is currently a Master's student in a French biotechnology degree. In the lab, Orléna is developing new technologies for rapid diagnostics of SARS-CoV-2 variants.


Jérémie Fages 
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D: Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France

Jérémie is striving to use and improve genome editing tools to interrogate the functional role of DNA repair proteins in the maintenance of the human genome. In the lab, Jérémie is using his skills and hard work to decode the mechanisms that regulate the DNA damage response.

Previous publications:
 et al., Plos Genetics 2020

Mahnoor Khan
Summer Student
B.Sc.: The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Mahnoor is interested in studying how the DNA damage response can be leveraged for the treatment of cancer. She is a fourth-year Biological science student at the University of Calgary. In the lab, Mahnoor is using base editing and prime editing to study DNA repair mechanisms in cancer cells.


Niloy Nath
Summer Student

B.H.Sc.: MacMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Niloy aims to utilize genome editing technologies to interrogate key regulatory sites in proteins involved in the DNA damage response and cancer. He has graduated from the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program with a Minor in Biochemistry from McMaster University. He will be pursuing an MD degree at the University of Alberta starting in the fall of 2021.