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CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ-PRADA

DVM, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Director of the Parasitology Diagnostic Service

Deputy Director of GREMIP

Director Board Member of the Canadian Parasitology Expert Panel

I am a veterinarian and molecular parasitology researcher devoted to tackling zoonotic parasites. I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of León in Spain, after which I obtained a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences. This was followed by an internship at the University of Tor Vergata in Italy to learn DNA repair mechanisms, then I completed a PhD in Molecular Parasitology in Spain. My post-doctoral training took me to the University of Laval in Québec, after which I became director of the Parasite Diagnostic Lab and associate professor of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Montréal.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Postdoc
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ANA VICTORIA IBARRA-MENESES

MSc,PhD

I obtain the degree in biology at Universidad Central de Venezuela, and the PhD on Microbiology and Parasitology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). As a postdoc I spent 2 years at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Leishmaniasis in the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Spain) and 6 months at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (Belgium), funded by a Jose Castillejo Fellowship. My research experience has focused on the search for new biomarkers of cure/infection/exposure in immunocompetent, HIV or immunosuppressive patients with visceral leishmaniasis (VL). This exploration of biomarkers for VL has been extended to include dogs. Furthermore, I have focused on the importance of transferring all the knowledge acquired on the bench to the field, in order to develop simpler, faster and more sensitive tools for diagnosis or treatment monitoring of parasite diseases in areas that are difficult to access.

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PhD students

PhD STUDENTS

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Hello! My name is Audrey Corbeil. 

I studied microbiology at Sherbrooke University, and I also have a background of biomedical analysis in college. After completing a Master’s in Christopher Fernandez-Prada’s lab, I continue with a PhD to characterize exosomes released by Leishmania strains responsible for visceral leishmaniasis, to identify novel, sensitive biomarkers for non-invasive and rapid diagnosis of the disease. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, bouldering and cooking!

AUDREY CORBEIL
PhD student

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Hello! I’m Rafael and I came from Brazil in january 2023. I studied Pharmacy at the Universidade de Brasília in Brazil, and I finished in 2006. During my studies, I became interested in molecular biology and decided to learn a little more about the different techniques in a specialization course at the Universidade de Lavras. After that, I decided to apply this knowledge in a master's program in parasitology where I encountered Dr. Silvane Murta who guided me on this journey for 2 years at Fiocruz Minas. After I finished my master, I dedicated only to my work at a public bank, since throughout this entire journey I worked and studied at the same time, and it was exhausting. When I decided to return to science, which is truly my passion, I came across the research projects related to Leishmania conducted by Dr. Christopher Fernandez-Prada at the Université de Montréal, which captured my interest. So, I began a long process towards this return to science with the help of Dr. Fernandez-Prada and I moved to Canada in January 2023 to start the PhD program at the Université de Montréal. My project seeks in understanding the mechanisms by which parasites become quiescent which can contribute to improving the efficiency of leishmaniasis treatment. We hope that this project can clarify the mechanisms of recurrence of this disease that affects thousands of people worldwide.

RAFAEL FERNANDES FERREIRA
PhD student

MSc Undergrad

MSc STUDENTS

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SIMON GAGNON
MSc student

Hello! I studied microbiology and immunology at the Université de Montréal after getting an introduction class in this field in college. I developed a new interest in parasitology after a class given by Dr. Fernandez Prada, and that gave me an opportunity to do an internship in his lab. The subject of my Masters’ degree will be on the interaction between Giardia parasites and cell rendered immunodefient upon treatment by the drug given to transplant patient. Hopefully, this study will give us more information about the risk of zoonotic disease transmission for immunodeficient patient.

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SIMON HAENTJENS
MSc student

Hi! My name is Simon and I am from Antwerp, Belgium. I completed a bachelor in biomedical sciences at the University of Antwerp and am now eagerly pursuing a masters degree in tropical diseases. Being driven by a fierce interest in  parasitology and a passion for travel I decided to complete my master thesis abroad. Seeing my interest in leishmaniasis, professor Guy Caljon of the University of Antwerp recommended the lab of Dr. Fernandez-Prada. So here I am, learning from experts in this field. For the next 5 months I will research how Leishmania parasites adapt to changing environments in the context of drug resistance. With resistant strains emerging all over the world, visceral leishmaniasis remains a devastating burden to human health globally. I hope to make a meaningfull contribution to this ongoing battle against tropical diseases.

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FRANCESCA THEORET
MSc student

Hello! My name is Francesca. I studied veterinary medicine at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of Université de Montréal and graduated in 2022. During my second year of vet school, I had a parasitology class with Christopher. At the time he was working on a project in collaboration with Dr Hélène Carabin, and they needed an undergraduate student for some field work abroad. I joined their project and went to India to collect data from people living with cysticercosis and concomitant epilepsy.

Just before I graduated, Christopher reached out to see if I would be interested in doing my master’s with him, and here I am! I am currently working on a project that aims to resensitize resistant Leishmania to existing antiparasitic drugs. To do so, I am trying to modify the parasites’ genome and thus their phenotypic expression, through contact with genetically modified extracellular vesicles. Our hope is that this project will bring to light the importance of extracellular vesicles and their potential in the treatment of resistant microorganisms.

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MAX ADRIÀ VERDENY
MSc student

Hello! I completed my veterinary medicine studies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain, where, alongside internships across diverse veterinary fields, I cultivated a strong interest in parasitology during my coursework. After graduating, I encountered Dr. Fernandez Prada, attracted by his remarkable contributions to parasitology. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in his lab, humbly immersed into the intricate realm of Leishmaniasis. My research endeavors to explore the possibility of Leishmania resensitization through the study of genetically modified extracellular vesicles. Acknowledging the global health impact of leishmaniasis, I aspire to make a modest contribution to the broader scientific community. 

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INTERNATIONAL VSITING STUDENTS

GABRIELA GOMES ALVES 
Federal University of São Paulo - Brazil

ARTUR HONORATO REIS
Federal University of São Paulo - Brazil

JULIANA SARQUIS
Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Spain

STUDENTS IN CO-DIRECTION

PhD STUDENTS

GEORGE DONG
PhD student in co-direction with
Pr. Martin Olivier (McGill University)

MOHAMMAD SHAH JALAL
PhD student in co-direction with
Pr. Hélène Carabin (Université de Montréal)

MSc STUDENTS

ULYSSE NADEAU
MSc student in co-direction with
Pr. Mélanie Dieudé (CRCHUM)
 

LAURA GUERRERO TINJACA
MSc student in co-direction with
Pr. Martine Boulianne (Université de Montréal)

ÉVE-MARIE LAVALLÉE-BOURGET
MSc student in co-direction with
Pr. Julie Arsenault (Université de Montréal)
 

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TECHNICAL STAFF

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CLAUDIA DUQUETTE

Lab technician

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AIDA MINGUEZ

Scientific graphic designer

After a BSc in Environmental Sciences, an MSc in Geological Risks, and a PhD in Geomorphology through GIS and Remote Sensing, I'm re-orienting my career towards science outreach, scientific graphic design and research support. I'm very much enjoying working at the Université de Montréal veterinary faculty, learning about parasites, molecular biology and cows.

When I'm not drawing bedbugs or making websites, I love to read and to knit — but no, I'm not that old!

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ALUMNI

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Mariela Srednik 
DVM, MSc, PhD

Joan Peña 
MSc, PhD

PhD STUDENTS

Noélie Douanne
MSc, PhD

MSc STUDENTS

Catherine Pouchete 
MSc, co-direction with Pr Steeve Coté (Université Laval)

Chloé Rosa-Teijeiro
DVM, MSc

Marlén Lasprilla Mantilla
DVM, MSc

Victoria Wagner 
DVM, MSc

Ellen Gonçalves
MSc, co-direction with Pr Rubens do Monte (Fiocruz, Brazil)

Undergrad STUDENTS

Marie Zoe Lapierre
Faculté de médecine-Université de Montréal

Simon Gagnon
Faculty of Medicine – University of Montreal

Elizabeth Matte
FMV – University of Montreal

Emma Munna
IUT École de Montpellier (France)

Max Adrià
Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona - Spain

Victoria Wagner
FMV – University of Montreal

Sarah Gasca
University of Avignon and the Vaucluse (France)

Lamia Farhi
FMV – University of Montreal

Francesca Theoret
FMV – University of Montreal

Maïlis Dupont
University Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne UPEC (France)

Instership of International graduate STUDENTS

Greg Milne
Royal Veterinary College (London) - UK

Lina Marcela Yepes-Daza
University of Antioquia - Colombia

 

Wilmer Martinez-Martinez
University of Medical Sciences (Holguin) - Cuba

Ellen Gonçalves
FIOCRUZ Minas Gerais -Brazil

 

Lorena Bernardo
ISCIII-WHO Collaborating center / Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Spain

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