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Tarik Möröy, PhD

  • President and Scientific Director
  • Director, Hematopoiesis and Cancer research unit
  • Full IRCM Research Professor
  • Full Research Professor, Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology (accreditation in biochemistry and molecular medicine), Université de Montréal
  • Adjunct professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine), McGill University
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chairholder in Hematopoiesis and Immune Cell Differentiation

To sustain the reproduction of all blood and immune cells, a defined population of hematopoietic stem cells capable of self-renewal is required and maintained in the bone marrow. However, these stem cells also have the ability to differentiate and produce multipotent progenitors, as well as a series of progenitors dedicated to intermediate lineages that are capable of generating specific lineages of hematopoietic or immune cells. During the differentiation process, stem cells gradually lose their capacity for self-renewal and acquire new phenotypes reflected by a higher level of commitment to a specific lineage. The decision by HSCs or their more committed progeny for self-renewal or differentiation is controlled by both extrinsic and intrinsic mechanisms.

Board of Directors

  • Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (since 2015)
  • Research Canada (since 2016)

Awards and honours

  • Nomination as “Honory Guest Professor for outstanding achievements in immunology” at Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China (2015)
  • Recognition award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (2014)
  • “Community Shift” fellow, Ivey School of Business, UWO, London, Ontario (2013)
  • Researcher of the month (January 2011), Canadians for Health Research

Degrees and experience

  • M.Sc. in biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • PhD in biochemistry, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Columbia University, New York
  • Habilitation thesis for research supervision, University of Marburg, Germany

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