LAB MEMBERS

We are building a collaborative and diverse group of creative scientists

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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
Email: pierre.billon@ucalgary.ca
Twitter: @DrBillonPierre

Current lab members:

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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

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Orléna Benamozig, M.Sc
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.

Publications:
Benamozig et al., Methods in Enzymology 2021

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Sanchit Chopra
Undergraduate Student (These class)
B.Sc. Chemical and Biomedical Engineering:
The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Sanchit is passionate to learn about the synergies between engineering and life-science related research to unlock barriers and provide innovative solutions that could be feasible for marker. He is excited to work on base editing and prime editing to improve precision genome editing!

Previous publications:
Ramasubbu et al., J Psychiatry Neurosci 2021

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Jethro Langley
Master Student

Bachelor of Science Honours cum laude (Genetics): Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Jethro strives to be at the forefront of biotechnological research. With the recent breakthroughs in genome editing technologies sparking his interest, he is excited to use them to answer important biological questions regarding DNA repair and cell proliferation. Jethro plans to use genome editing technologies to interrogate the functions of key DNA repair genes regulating the DNA damage response. Hopefully, his research will result in an actionable outcome in the context of cancer treatment.

Previous publications:
Langley et al., Zootaxa 2020
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 et al., Int J Biol Macromol. 2020
Hlaka et al., Insects 2021

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Jérémie Fages 
Postdoctoral Associate
Cumming School of Medicine-Robson Postdoctoral Scholar

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:
Fages
 et al., Plos Genetics 2020

ALUMNI:

Mahnoor Khan
Summer Student (2021)

Niloy Nath
Summer Student (2021)

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Mahnoor is now preparing for med school.

Niloy is now completing his MD program at UAlberta.