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Claire Bénard, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

benard.claire [at]

Lise Rivollet, M.Sc.

Lab Manager

rivollet.lise [at]

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Malika Nadour

Ph.D. Student

nadour.malika [at]

Raphaël Dima, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

dima.raphael [at]

Anna Caridys Ramírez Suárez, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

ramirez_suarez.anna_caridys [at]

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Ivan Valette, B.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

valette_reveno_leatis.robert_ivan [at]

Noémie Frébault, M.Sc.

M.Sc. Student

frebault.noemie [at]

Yann Aghiles Chabi, B.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

chabi.yann_aghiles [at]

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Marin Pascal, B.Sc.

Ph.D. Student

pascal.marin_baptiste [at]

Samar Naili-Douaouda, M.Sc.

M.Sc. Student

naili-douaouda.samar [at]

Marie Biard, M.Sc.

 Past M.Sc. Student (2020-2021)

(M.Sc. Neurosciences, UdeM)

marie.biard [at]

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Valérie Fontaine, M.Sc.

 Past M.Sc. Student (2019-2021)

(M.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

fontaine.valerie.8 [at]

Marianne Bah Tahé, M.Sc.

 Past M.Sc. Student (2018-2020)

(M.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

bah_tahe.marianne [at]

Virginie Desse, M.Sc.

 Past M.Sc. Student (2017-2020)

(M.Sc. Biology, UQAM)

desse.virginie [at]

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Elise Cheynet, B.Sc.

Past Intern Master Student (2020)

(M.Sc. Life Science, ENS, Paris, France)

echeynet [at]

Myriam Ares, B.Sc.

Past Undergraduate Student (2018-2020)(B.Sc. Biology, McGill)

myriam.ares [at]

Victoria Cerdeira, M.Sc.

Past M.Sc. Student (2019-2022)

(M.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

cerdeira.victoria [at]

Other Past Lab Members

Ph.D. Students

  • Cassandra Blanchette (Ph.D. Student - Post-doctoral Fellow, UMass) Sep 2010 to Aug 2017

  • Anagha Khandekar (Ph.D. Student, UMass) Apr 2010 to June 2015

M.Sc. Students

  • James Ritch (M.Sc. Student, UMass) Sep 2011 to Mar 2014


  • Ju-Ling Liu (Post-doctoral Fellow) Dec 2017 to Dec 2019

  • Paola Perrat (Post-doctoral Fellow, UMass) Aug 2013 to Dec 2016

Trainees / Undergraduate Research Interns

  • Marianne Moore (B.Sc. Physics, McGill University)

  • Clara Bianchi (B.Sc. Biochemistry, UdeM)

  • Gabrielle Hunter (B.Sc. Computer Science, UQAM)

  • Cynthia Lopez-Garcia (B.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

  • William White (B.Sc. Biology, UQTR)

  • Laurence Caron (B.Sc Biology, UQAM)

  • Nassim Bouhacida (B.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

  • Sébastien Lamarre-Tellier (B.Sc Biology, UQAM)

  • Audrey Hubert (B.Sc Biology, UQAM)

  • Jacqueline Minsart (B.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

  • Charlie Dupras (B.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

  • Philippe St-Louis (B.Sc. Biology, UQAM)

  • Cynthia Lanteigne (B.Sc. Biochemistry, UQAM)

  • Irene Crescioli (M.Sc. Biology, University of Pavia, Italy)

  • Méganne Latreille (B.Sc. Biology, UQAM)

Visiting / Co-supervised Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

  • Melisa Lamberti (2018-2020) Univ. Nacional del Quilmes, Dr. Golombek lab

  • Devyn Oliver (2015-2020) UMass, Dr. Francis lab

  • Eugenia Goya (2012-2016) Univ. Nacional del Quilmes, Dr. Golombek lab

Other Past Trainees of the Bénard Lab at UMass Medical School

  • Akusika Aye-addo      

  • Sarah Bottari

  • Mark Broadwin          

  • Gillian Carella

  • Derrick Deconti

  • Steven Degroot         

  • Evelyn Erickson          

  • Guinevere Fernades Lourenco          

  • Avery Fischer

  • Stephanie Fox

  • Sydney Fox     

  • Hannah George         

  • Lauren Goodale         

  • Catherine Harwood

  • Sana Hashmi

  • Joiha Huguenin          

  • Mairead Masuda       

  • Michael Murphy        

  • Jennifer Ngolab         

  • Taylor Perkins

  • Laura Pothier

  • Prerana Purohit         

  • Akif Qutab     

  • Mitz Qutab

  • Janine Recio

  • Harleen Saini

  • Margaret Sallah        

  • Lauren Sidur  

  • Matthew Staggliano

  • Andrea Thackeray (Research Associate)      

  • Sean Thackeray         

  • Gabriela Toro

  • Thao Tran      

Claire Bénard Biography

Claire Bénard received her Ph.D. from McGill University (2003), supported by scholarships from NSERC and FCAR. She obtained postdoctoral fellowships from NSERC and CIHR for her training at Columbia University at New York, USA (2004-2009). She opened her lab at the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA, in 2009, where she was an Assistant Professor, then promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. She joined the Department of Biological Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, in September 2016, as FRQS Research Scholar Jr2 and Associate Professor. Her lab at UMass was funded by the NIH, the Ellison Biomedical Foundation, the American Federation for Aging Research, among other funding sources. At UQAM, her lab is funded by CIHR, NSERC, FRQS, CFI, as well as by NIH and NSF. Claire Bénard is a FRQS Senior Research Scholar.

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