About me



I’m a microbial ecologist using bioinformatics, statistics, and ecology to study host-microbe interactions on plant and in the human gut. I will start my own lab at the Université de Sherbrooke in January 2020 (SO EXCITING), working on plant-microbe interactions on plant host Acer saccharum (sugar maple) and Malus domestica (common apple tree).

During 2017-2019, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary in the Arrieta Lab working on the early-life influence of the gut microbiome on the development of the human immune system and its influence on allergies and asthma.

Take a look at the recent Q&A I did for QIAGEN.

I completed my Ph.D. (2012-2017) at the Université du Québec à Montréal, under the supervision of the mighty Steve Kembel and Christian Messier.

My interests are microbial ecology, host-microbe interactions, the microbiome in general, the phyllosphere and the rhizosphere, plant ecology, plant-microbe interactions, bioinformatics, statistics, genomics, and software carpentry.

I did my undergraduate studies in Biology at Université Laval in 2010 in Quebec City, then completed a Master in Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity Management at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 2011 and continued studying a Master in Statistics at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in 2012.

During my Ph.D. I worked on plant-microbe interactions and genomics. I used next-generation sequencing techniques to identify the members of leaf (phyllosphere) microbial communities in Quebec’s temperate forest.

Scientific happiness is only real when it’s shared. I have been very lucky to work with awesome people and this is my tribute to them.

Left picture starting from the left: Sophie Carpentier, me, Gabrielle Jacques during field work in Abitibi. Right picture: Maria Alejandra Hernandez and Raphaëlle Fréchon during field work in Montreal.

Left picture starting from the left: Erik van Tilburg Bernardes, Marie-Claire Arrieta, and me in the germ-free center during our big experiment. Right picture: Erik van Tilburg Bernardes, me, Marie-Claire Arrieta, and Haley Jamieson in the lab.


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