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Mathieu Ferron, PhD                                                                                                        
(514) 987-5754

Julie Lacombe, PhD
(514) 987-5780

I am a biochemist and I completed my PhD in molecular biology in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Trang Hoang at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the University of Montreal. I then completed a first postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Dasen at New York University, followed by a second postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Frenette at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I studied the interaction between bone and hematopoietic stem cells. I joined the laboratory of Dr. Ferron in 2013 where I now study the role of vitamin K-dependent γ-carboxylation in energy metabolism. Using mice as a model, I study the consequences of an absence of γ-carboxylation in the pancreas on glucose metabolism. Another aspect of my work is to determine which proteins are γ-carboxylated in the pancreas using unbiased mass spectrometry approaches and to validate their role in glucose metabolism.



Catherine Julien, MSc
(514) 987-5780

I completed my undergraduate studies in biochemistry in 2000 at Université de Montréal. Then I obtained a master’s degree in pharmacology, again at Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Dr. Sylvain Meloche. I stayed in his laboratory for six more years as a research assistant where I have been involved in many projects, all related to signaling in colorectal cancer. Then I worked with Dr. Jean-François Côté at IRCM, still as a research assistant. There my work also focused on cell signaling, but using breast cancer metastasis progression as a model. Since September 2014, I am a research assistant in Dr. Ferron’s laboratory, where I try to understand the mechanisms underlying osteocalcin processing by various proprotein convertases and γ-carboxylase.


Amélie Germain
(514) 987-5780

I completed a bachelor's degree in microbiology at Laval University in Quebec City in 2014. I joined the laboratory of Dr. Ferron to pursue graduate studies in molecular biology at the University of Montreal. I am studying the role of Gas6, a γ-carboxylated protein highly expressed by osteoblasts, in energy metabolism. Using Gas6-deficient mice, I want to determine the role of Gas6 in insulin resistance and progression to diabetes. Combined to this approach, I use in vitro model of adipocytes, hepatocytes, and muscle cells to determine the impact of Gas6 on insulin signaling in these tissues.


Ashok Reddy B
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Omar Al Rifai
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Tabasum Abdul-Rasul
(514) 987-5599

I am a nurse, educated in Burundi and Belgium. In 2004, I obtained a certificate in Community Health and Reproductive Health at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. I also hold a Research’s degree in International Development / Gender Studies from the University in Geneva obtained the same year. While doing my research studies in Switzerland, I worked as a research assistant at the Documentary Network of the Institute of Development Studies in Geneva (IUED Geneva). I am an administrative assistant at IRCM and the Head of the Documentation Centre since June 2012 and I joined the team of Dr. Ferron in 2013.

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