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Our team

Our team is multidisciplinary and cooperative. We have 3 research professionals to ensure optimal functioning and to help students with their projects. We adhere to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and encourage any motivated and talented student to contact us.

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Véronique Rioux, M.Sc

Research professional

Véronique is originally from eastern Quebec. She holds a master's degree in neurobiology from Laval University. She has worked in the laboratory since it opened and is the main coordinator of our research.

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Anne-Marie Castonguay, Ph.D

Research professional

Anne-Marie is originally from eastern Quebec. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate in neuroscience from Laval University. Her research focuses on the discovery of new therapeutic targets for Parkinson's disease, with an emphasis on immunotherapy and gene therapy techniques.

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Modesto Peralta, B.Sc

Research professional

Modesto is originally from the United States. He works part-time for the laboratory and is responsible for some mouse experiments and for the coordination with the animal facility.

Julia Obergasteiger, Ph.D

Postdoc

Julia is from northern Italy. She holds a master's degree in molecular and developmental biology as well as a doctorate in translational neuroscience and nanotechnology from the University of Ferrara. Her research focuses on the roles of autophagy in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease and the identification of new therapeutic targets.

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Charles Gora, M.Sc

Ph.D student

Charles is from the north of France. He holds a master's degree in neuroscience from the University of Rouen Normandy. His doctorate focuses on the regulation of the axonal translatome in the dopaminergic circuit during development.

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Victoria Soto, M.Sc

Ph.D student

Victoria is originally from Peru. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Burman University in Alberta, and a master's degree in neuroscience from Université Laval. Her PhD project aims to develop retinal and microbial biomarkers for the early detection of Parkinson's disease.

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Owen Ferguson, M.Sc

Ph.D student

Owen is originally from Kingston, Ontario. He completed a B.Sc. in Neuroscience with a minor in Mathematics at McMaster University, Hamilton. He went on to complete a master's degree in biophotonics at Université Laval. His Ph.D project involves evaluating nanoscale mitochondrial alterations in human cellular models of Parkinson's disease.

Beatriz Lucumi, MD

Ph.D student

Beatriz is originally from Colombia. She holds a medical degree from the Universidad del Valle, Cali. She has been pursuing her PhD in neuroscience since 2022, and her project involves the development of fused organoids of mesencephalon and striatum as a translational model for Parkinson's disease.  

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Louis Baillot, M.Sc

Ph.D student

Louis is originally from France. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in neuroscience and applied physiology at Lorraine University. His project involves developing a cell replacement therapy for Parkinson's disease by promoting the survival and integration of transplanted neurons.

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Laura M Bevilacqua, M.Sc

Ph.D student

Laura completed a master's degree in neuroscience in the Translational Neuroscience Laboratory at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. Her doctoral project involves understanding stress-induced inflammation and the underlying neurovascular dysfunctions that contribute to depressive symptoms in Parkinson's disease.

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Angie Milena, M.Sc

Ph.D student

Angie is originally from Colombia. She holds a master's degree in biochemistry from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her PhD project aims to develop FAB antibodies against alpha-synuclein as a therapeutic strategy for Parkinson's disease. 

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Lori Hazel, M.Sc

Ph.D. student

Lori is originally from Montreal. She holds a BA in psychology from Concordia University, in Montreal. She also completed a master's degree in psychology at the prestigious Princeton University. Her research project aims to understand the organization and function of various dopaminergic subcircuits in the brain using genetic and imaging techniques. 

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Béatrice Morin, B.Sc

Master's student

Béatrice is originally from Trois-Rivière, Quebec. She obtained a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from Laval University and is now pursuing her master's degree in neuroscience. His research focuses on the development of super-resistant neurons for cell replacement therapy.

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Yahia Karioun, B.Pharm

Master's student

Yahia is originally from Morocco. He holds a degree in pharmacy from the Universidad Europea in Madrid. His master's project involves using transsynaptic viral approaches to study and better understand the functional anatomy of dopaminergic circuits.

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Sothary Ly, B.Sc

Master's student

Sothary completed her bachelor's degree in microbiology and immunology at the Université de Montréal. Her master's degree aims to create a cell line to monitor the expression of the RIT2 GTPase, and to carry out a molecular screening to modulate its expression and combat the degeneration associated with Parkinson's disease.

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Julien McClish, B.Sc.A

Étudiant à la maîtrise

Julien is originally from Quebec City. He completed his bachelor's degree in Natural Environments and Landscaping at Laval Université. His master's project aims to use CRISPRa/i techniques to directly convert astrocytes into dopaminergic neurons in vivo.

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