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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 the cellular response to DNA damage. 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 and develop new high-throughput CRISPR-based genome editing platforms.

Selected publications:

Baudrier et al., Cell Reports Methods 2024

Garcia-Bermudez, Baudrier et al., Nature Metabolism 2022
Nambiar, Baudrier
et al., Molecular Cell 2022
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

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Jada Curry
Master Student
B.Sc. Biological Science:
The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada


Jada is a Master's student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program at the University of Calgary. She is interested in genetics and wants to learn more about modern CRISPR technologies.

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Dewuni De Silva 
Summer Student/Honor's thesis

B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences: The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Dewuni is is excited to learn about cutting-edge CRISPR technologies and learn more about prime editing techniques

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Shriya Iyer
Master student
Cumming School of Medicine Graduate Scholarship
B.Tech in Bioengineering Nanotechnology:
Amity University, Dubai, UAE


Shriya is enthusiastic about bridging medicine and technology with her keen interest in genome editing technologies. She is highly motivated to contribute towards improving the efficiency of CRISPR-based technologies by elucidating the complexities of the DNA repair mechanisms. She aspires to facilitate the advancements of effective screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and genetic disorders.
Previous publications:
Iyer et al., Journal of Nanomaterial 2022
Iyer et al.Springers proceeding in Energy 2022
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 et al., IEEE 2020
Sharon, Iyer
 et al., Materials Letters Journal 2021
Nair, Iyer et al., Nanotechnology 2020

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Jethro Langley
Ph.D. Student

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship
Ph.D. Award - Recruitment Scholarship 

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:
Baudrier, Benamozig, Langley 
et al., Cell Reports Methods 2024
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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Navneet Kaur
PhD Student

Robson DNA Science Center Rising Star
M.Sc:
 Bangalore University, Bangalore, India

Navneet is excited to unravel novel fundamental mechanisms that protect our DNA against DNA damage and replication stresses. Her work is focused on understanding DNA replication using advanced genome editing technologies. She is excited by the possibility to apply her findings to improve the targeting of human cancers.

Previous publications:
Kaur
 et al., Indian Pediatrics 2021

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Dylan Remington
Summer Student

BH.Sc: Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Dylan is an undergraduate student in the Health Sciences Program at Queen's University. With a keen interest in genome editing, he is excited to use cutting-edge CRISPR-based technologies to enhance immunotherapies.

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Lisa Xie

Summer Student
BH.Sc: McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Lisa is an undergraduate student in Biochemistry at McGill University. She is interested in learning cloning strategies, and cutting-edge genome editing technologies, like base and prime editing.

ALUMNI:

Orléna Benamozig
Visiting Student (2021)

Mahnoor Khan
Summer Student (2021)

Niloy Nath
Summer Student (2021)

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Orléna is now doing a Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science

Mahnoor is now preparing for med school.

Niloy is now completing his MD program at UAlberta.

Jérémie Fages 
Postdoc (2021-2023)

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Jérémie is now at the Perelman School of Medicine

Sanchit Chopra
Undergraduate/Summer Student

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Sanchit is now a graduate student at UBC

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