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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
Twitter: @DrBillonPierre

Current lab members:


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., 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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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


Jada Curry
Summer student
B.Sc. Biological Science:
The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Jada is an undergraduate student in the Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology program at the University of Calgary. She is interested in genetics and wants to learn more about modern CRISPR technologies.


Shriya Iyer
Master student
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
 et al., IEEE 2020
Sharon, Iyer
 et al., Materials Letters Journal 2021
Nair, Iyer et al., Nanotechnology 2020


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:
 et al., Plos Genetics 2020

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Jethro Langley
Master Student

Alberta Graduate Excellence 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:
Langley et al., Zootaxa 2020
 et al., Int J Biol Macromol. 2020
Hlaka et al., Insects 2021


Navneet Kaur
PhD Student

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:
 et al., Indian Pediatrics 2021


Orléna Benamozig
Visiting Student (2021)

Mahnoor Khan
Summer Student (2021)

Niloy Nath
Summer Student (2021)


Orléna is now working at the Weizmann Institute of Science

Mahnoor is now preparing for med school.

Niloy is now completing his MD program at UAlberta.

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