Alumni & former research staff

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Having studied in the PAH research group in Quebec is a guarantee of success for our doctoral and post-doctoral students. Many rose through the ranks to become independent principal investigators, physicians, research coordinators or continued their post-doctoral studies.

Alumni
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Vicky Mai

M.D. & M. Sc.
(2017-2021)

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Géraldine Vitry

M.Sc.
(2017-2020)

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Karima Habbout

Ph.D.
(2017-2021)

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Mélanie Sauvaget

M.Sc.
(2021-2022)

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Tetsuro Yokokawa

Post-doctoral fellow
(2021-2022)

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WenHui Wu

Visiting Professor
(2019-2021)

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Junichi Omura

M.D. & Ph. D.
(2018-2020)

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Jolyane Meloche

M. Sc. & Ph. D.
(2010-2018)

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Simon Malenfant

M. Sc. & Ph. D.
(2010-2016)

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Virginie F. Tanguay

M.D. & M. Sc.
(2015-2020)

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Marie-Claude Lampron

M. Sc.
(2016-2018)

Other alumni
  • Benoit Ranchoux, Post-doc (2015-2018)
  • Marjorie Barrier, Ph. D. (2010-2013)
  • Sophie Chabot, M. Sc. (2015-2017)
  • Audrey Courboulin, Ph. D. (2008-2013)
  • Maria Helena Jacob, stage post-doctoral (2010-2012)
  • Caroline Lambert, M. Sc. (2008-2010)
  • Marius Lebret, Ph.D. (2019-2020)
  • Marie Le Guen (2014-2015)
  • Vincent Mainguy, M. Sc. et Ph. D. (2006-2012)
  • Anne-Sophie Neyron, M. Sc. (2011-2014)
  • Marjorie Barrier, Ph. D. (2010-2013)
  • Audrey Courboulin, Ph. D. (2008-2013)
  • Maria Helena Jacob, stage post-doctoral (2010-2012)
  • Sébastien Renard, M.D. stage post-doctoral (2011-2012)
  • Vincent Mainguy, M. Sc. et Ph. D. (2006-2012)
  • Roxane Paulin, Ph. D. (2008-2011)
  • Caroline Lambert, M. Sc. (2008-2010)

Former Research Professional
Ghada Mkannez

Research professional
(2020-2022)

Mark Orcholski

Research professional
(2018-2021)

Valérie Nadeau

Research professional
(2014-2021)

Ève Tremblay

Research professional
(2010-2021)

Caroline Lambert

Research Professional
(2010-2020)

Renée Paradis

Research Professional
(2014-2018)

The success of our group depends on the work of a team
of dedicated principal investigators, research coordinators and students.
Every day, each of them contributes to our success.

Sébastien Bonnet, PhD

Tetsuro Yokokawa

Post-doctoral fellow (2021-2022)

Tetsuro Yokokawa is a well-trained doctor specialized in cardiovascular diseases who is certified by the Japanese Circulation Society and Japanese Society of Internal Medicine. He has treated many patients with pulmonary hypertension and heart failure in Japan. He also has performed a great deal of pulmonary hypertension and heart failure-related clinical research such as the significance of myocardial tenascin-C expression, exhaled acetone concentrations, circulating acetoacetate levels. He started basic research career in 2018, and his topic was clonal hematopoiesis on vascular diseases. Now, he was inspired by clinical experiences of pulmonary hypertension patients, and he investigate the molecular mechanism of pulmonary hypertension in Quebec. He was specially working on the identification of new biomarkers in PAH patients blood.

Mélanie Sauvaget

Master Student (2021-2022)

Mélanie completed an internship in 2019 within the pulmonary arterial hypertension research group in order to validate the second year of her medical biology license. She had discovered her interest in fundamental research and molecular biology, and so she decided to pursue a master’s degree in molecular medicine at Laval University after graduating with a degree in experimental analytical biology from Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France) in june 2020. It is with pleasure that she joined Dr. Bonnet’s team again in 2021 to follow her research project on the role of Aurora Kinase B in pulmonary arterial hypertension. In spring 2022 she completed her Master’s degree, and she is now pursuing her career in nursing studies.

Karima Habbout

PhD Student (2017-2021)

Throughout her university studies, Karima specialized in the field of human pathophysiology. After completing a bachelor’s degree in general physiology, she focused her master’s degree in human physiopathology. Her understanding of the mechanisms that cause pathologies in humans has always intrigued her. The field of basic research is for her a stimulating and enriching field in which she wishes to evolve. To date, she has had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of human pathology such as pulmonary arterial hypertension within the Pulmonary Hypertension Research Group where she completed her work getting her Ph. D. in spring 2021. During her PhD she has specially worked on the implication of EZH2 in the pro-proliferative and apoptosis resistant phenotype of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells in PAH using a transcriptomic and proteomic approach.

Géraldine Vitry

PhD Student (2017-2020)

Géraldine obtained a bachelor’s degree in life science majoring in cell biology and physiology, and a master’s degree in life therapies and technologies from the University of Paris 13 in France. Throughout her training, she has been interested in DNA damages and cell adaptation to their environment. In 2016, she enthusiastically joined the pulmonary hypertension research group in Quebec under the direction of Dr. Sebastien Bonnet and Dr. Steeve Provencher. As a Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Roxane Paulin, Géraldine studies the adaptation of pulmonary artery wall cells facing the stressful environment induced by pulmonary arterial hypertension, especially how they protect their DNA. She has specially worked on the role of NUDT1 and its oxidized DNA precursors cleanup contribution in vascular remodelling.

Vicky Mai M.D.

Clinical Master Student (2017-2021)

Since spring 2017, Vicky has been involved in pulmonary vascular research diseases, specifically in venous thromboembolism. She has developed a great interest in research and thus decided to pursue a Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology concomitantly with her respirology residency under the supervision of Dr Steeve Provencher. She is highly interested in clinical research and has worked on several meta-analysis projects focused on the treatment of venous thromboembolism until the summer 2021.

WenHui Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Visiting Professor (2019-2021)

Wen-Hui Wu is an associate chief physician and associate professor specialized in pulmonary vascular disease in the department of Cardio-pulmonary Circulation, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University, School of Medicine in China. After obtaining her medical degree, she starts her basic and clinical research on pulmonary hypertension in Tongji University and completed her PhD degree in 2013. She has many experiences in the clinical management of patients with pulmonary vascular disease and right heart failure. Meanwhile, she conducted several research projects in these fields, such as the impact of socioeconomic status, estrogen, pituitary–gonadal axis Hormones and BMPR2 mutation. From 2019 to 2021, she joined the Quebec Pulmonary Hypertension Research Group as a visiting professor to investigate the potential therapy targets of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis associated with pulmonary hypertension.

Jolyane Meloche, Ph. D.

Diplômée de doctorat en médecine expérimentale, Université Laval

Bachelière en microbiologie de l’Université Laval, Jolyane a effectué un stage dans le laboratoire du Dr. Bonnet pour y découvrir une passion et y poursuivre son cursus dans le cadre de sa maîtrise. Pendant ses études collégiales, Jolyane avait fait des stages de recherche au centre iCAPTURE de Vancouver sur les MPOC. Elle a donc pu parfaire ses connaissances sur une autre maladie pulmonaire qu’est l’HTAP.

Simon Malenfant Ph. D.

Ph. D. en kinésiologie, Université Laval

Pendant ses études au doctorat, Simon s’est intéressé aux déterminants de l’intolérance à l’effort en HTAP. Il a mis à contribution sa formation en physiologie de l’exercice pour s’attarder à l’impact des anomalies de la circulation musculaire périphérique en HTAP, de la ventilation et de la saturation systémique en oxygène. Le raffinement de des connaissances en physiologie de l’exercice et l’établissement de nouvelles méthodes d’investigation touchant l’incapacité vécue par ces personnes à réaliser un effort physique permettront d’explorer de nouvelles cibles thérapeutiques et ainsi améliorer leur capacité à l’effort et leur qualité de vie.

Junichi Omura, M.D., Ph.D.

Étudiant postdoctoral

Après avoir obtenu mon diplôme en Médecine (M.D), Junichi a complété sa médecine interne et son Fellowship en cardiologie au Japon. Durant ces années, il a pratiqué des soins chez des patients atteints d’hypertension pulmonaire. Les diverses interactions avec les patients ont développé sa passion pour la recherche scientifique fondamentale afin d’améliorer les soins apportés chez les patients. En 2013, Junichi a débuté des études doctorales en médecine à l’université Tohoku au Japon.

Virginie F. Tanguay, M. Sc.

Étudiante à la maîtrise en médecine expérimentale, Université Laval

Cela fait déjà un an que je travaille comme stagiaire de recherche avec le groupe de recherche en hypertension artérielle pulmonaire et c’est avec enthousiasme que j’entreprends la maîtrise en médecine expérimentale. Complétant parallèlement mon doctorat en médecine, je suis convaincue que ce cursus saura m’outiller adéquatement pour faire face à d’éventuels défis, autant en clinique qu’en recherche et fera de moi une clinicienne plus complète et polyvalente encore. En bref, la maîtrise représente pour moi une opportunité de me développer professionnellement ainsi que la possibilité de m’engager encore plus face à mes futurs patients.

Prix/Bourse

2016

Marie-Claude Lampron, M. Sc.

Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en biologie et d’un certificat en biotechnologie de l’Université Laval, Marie-Claude s’est développée un goût pour la recherche. Ses études lui ont permis de découvrir les différents aspects des sciences de la vie, autant au niveau théorique que pratique. L’opportunité de faire une maîtrise avec la chercheure Roxane Paulin a confirmé son désir de poursuivre dans le domaine de la santé et d’exploiter son grand intérêt pour la biologie moléculaire.