July 14, 2010
Our most recent manuscript published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, has been highlighted as a must-read paper by the Faculty of 1000-Medicine. This is great news for the laboratory and a reflection of the impact of our current research. Congratulations to all its authors. To read the F1000-comments click here.
June 29, 2010
Congratulation to Stephanie Robbins for winning the best presentation by a M.Sc. student at the Research Institute Respiratory Axis Research Day.
May 12, 2010.
Julie Bérubé and Lucie Roussel joined their efforts to better understand the inflammatory response in Cystic Fibrosis, with the help of Leila Nattagh, which led to the publication of very interesting findings in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. It is a hat-trick for Lucie Roussel, as she publishes her third paper in 2010.

May 1, 2010
Welcome to Amanda Schacter, Nick Zhygan and Cassandra Thomson, undergrad students who have joined the lab for the summer. Cassandra will be extending her stay until the end of the year as part of her Coop study program at McMaster University. We are also welcoming Guy Martel has a postdoctoral researcher. Guy has done his Ph.D. with Dr Johanne Tremblay at the CHUM.

March 17, 2010.
Please help us raise funds for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by joining our efforts in the Foundation’s Great Strides walk to be held on May 30th au centre Nature de Laval, near Montreal. You can participate either by joining our team called Team Doris, named after our lab mascot (please see our funding page for a picture!) and captained by Lucie Roussel or simply make a donation to any team member on the same page. Help us help the foundation support research and treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.
March 15, 2010
Simon Rousseau was awarded a three-year research grant from the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Moreover, Simon was awarded the 2010-2011 Robbie Promising New research Award. The hypothesis of this project is that “the p38 MAPK pathway plays a major role in mediating airway inflammation in CF and that the identification of upstream activators or downstream effectors of p38 MAPK, specific to the transmission of the pro-inflammatory signals, will reveal new drug targets to impair chronic inflammation observed in CF.
March 12, 2010.
Lucie Roussel publishes her second paper in less than six months. Her study describes the important role played by IL-17 in activating endothelial cells and promoting the recruitment of leukocytes (white blood cells) to sites of inflammation in vivo. This important manuscript will be published in The Journal of Immunology.
January 4, 2010
Trevor Beaudoin is starting his Ph.D. with us in the Chemical Biology program. Trevor did his Master at the University of Ottawa where he studied antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important pathogen in Cystic Fibrosis. His experience will be very relevant to his new research project where he will study the dynamic activation of intracellular signalling pathways in host-pathogen interactions. Moreover Trevor was awarded a one year studentship from the chemical biology program as well as a provost award from the department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Welcome and congratulation to Trevor.
December 10, 2009
Leila Nattagh, who joined the lab in January has now completed her apprenticeship. During her time in the lab, Leila investigated the roles of Toll-like receptors in initiating inflammatory responses in airway epithelial cells in response to infection. We wish Leila all the success she deserves in her future endeavours. She is now returning to McMaster University to complete her undergraduate degree. Good luck Leila and we will miss you.
November 12, 2009
Lucie Roussel publishes her first paper since joining the laboratory a little over year ago. Her study describing the role of IL-17 in driving the bacterial receptor NOD1 expression in cells isolated from a Cystic Fibrosis patient was accepted less than 48h after its submission by the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication. Congratulation to Lucie for such a quick start!
October 23, 2009
Simon Rousseau received an award form the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, at a Gala dinner held last night for all awardees.
September 26 to October 1, 2009
Lucie Roussel and Simon Rousseau attend a meeting on Signal Transduction and Disease in Aachen, Germany. During this meeting Simon introduced Lucie to Sir Philip Cohen, his former postdoc supervisor. Philip then introduced both Simon and Lucie to his own former postdoc supervisor, Edmond Fisher, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1992 for his work on Protein Phosphorylation. Professor Fisher, who is 89, gave an inspiring opening lecture on his discoveries. He was followed by his pupil, Philip, which also gave an excellent lecture featuring some of Simon’s previous work.
September, 2009
Raquel Farias and Ellen (Tianwei) Zhou both join the group and are undertaking graduate studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University. We warmly welcome both of them.
July 24, 2009
Two students, Ellen Zhou and Raquel Farias who will be starting graduate studies in the laboratory in September have each received multiple studentships. Ellen has been awarded the prestigious James E. Frosst studentship and Provost award from the department of Pharmacology and therapeutics. Moreover, Ellen was awarded a studentship from the MUHC Research Institute. Raquel also received the Provost award as well as obtaining a student ship form the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). Many congratulations to both of them.
May 26, 2009
Congratulation to Maggie and Ellen for their graduation in Biochemistry at McGill University. Maggie will be re-joining the group for the summer before departing to Vancouver, where she will be undertaking her graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Ellen will start her Master's in the lab in September.
May 05, 2009
Simon Rousseau was awarded a 5 year NSERC Discovery Grant to study dynamic signaling mechanisms during the host-pathogen interaction.
April 30, 2009
Congratulations once again to Lucie for receiving another postdoctoral fellowship award, this time from the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ).
April 27, 2009
Julie Bérubé is currently visiting the laboratory of Scott Randell in North Carolina to learn all the secrets of culturing primary human airway epithelial cells at an air-liquid interface.
April 15, 2009
Kei Sakamoto, a group leader at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee, came to Montreal to give a seminar at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, and enjoy two days in the city.
February 2009
Reichert inc. have just completed the installation of our two channels surface plasmon resonance instrument, we now have all of our core equipment fully functionnal.
January 31, 2009
Congratulations to Lucie for receiving a postdoctoral fellowship award from the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute.
January 27, 2009
A manuscript by Huei-Ting Yang, Mark Peggie, Philip Cohen and Simon Rousseau has just been accepted by the Journal Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, 4 days after its initial submission, which included a weekend!
January 26, 2009
Simon Rousseau was awarded a "Développement des Jeunes Chercheurs" grant from the Réseau en Santé Respiratoire du Québec to study the mechanism of oxydative damage in the lungs during acute respiratory distress syndrome.
January 12, 2009
Leila Nattagh, from the Co-Op program at McMaster University, is joining us for the coming year. Two other undregraduate students are also joining our ranks; we are welcoming back Maggie into our fold and a warm welcome to Tamara Daniel.
December 02, 2008
The first manuscript from the lab has been accepted for publication in Cellular Signalling. Congratulations to Julie, Céline and Maggie for their hard work, resulting in a manuscript within our first year of operation.

November 17, 2008
Today is an exciting day has we have finally moved into our brand new laboratory space in the extension to the Meakins-Christie Laboratories. We are also online for the first time.


September 29, 2008
Lucie Roussel-Vavasseur has joined the lab as a postdoctoral research scientist from Toulouse, France

September 04, 2008
Ellen Zhou has joined the lab to work part-time as an undergraduate student in the lab
September 03, 2008
Stephanie Robins has joined the lab as a M.Sc. Student
August 2008
Simon Rousseau was awarded a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leader Opportunity Fund award.
August 22, 2008
Simon Rousseau was awarded funds by the MUHC-RI to purchase a multimode microplate reader
May 6-8, 2008
Huei-Ting Yang’s (a Ph.D. student co-supervised with Sir Philip Cohen) visits Montreal and the Lab
May 2008
A manuscript published by Simon (Journal of Cell Science, 2008) while he was still a member of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit has been highlighted as an Editor’s Choice in Science Signalling.
May 2008
Yu Yao (Maggie), recipient of a Meakins-Christie summer studentship, starts in the lab
April, 2008
Simon Rousseau was awarded a FRSQ Chercheur boursier junior award
March 12, 2008
Julie Bérubé starts as a research assistant in the lab, she is the first person to join the group, finally we are a team !
March 4, 2008
Congratulation to Huei-Ting Yang for successfully defending her thesis in Dundee





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