DVM, MSc, PhD
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 assistant professor of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Montréal.
ANA VICTORIA IBARRA-MENESES
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.
Passionate about microbiology since my childhood, I have always wanted to carry out scientific studies. My curiosity and my interest in parasitology were born at university and the courses I followed captivated me and made me want to learn more. Throughout my training, I was able to enrich my knowledge with passion and I understood the importance of emerging infectious diseases, especially as a result of their zoonotic aspect. I have also developed a strong interest in disease diagnosis and antimicrobial resistance. More generally, the courses I followed confirmed my interest in parasitology and reinforced my desire to become a parasitology teacher-researcher. Currently a doctoral student in parasitology, I am fully pursuing my professional project and hope to contribute to the advancement of research in this field.
Hello! My name is Audrey Corbeil.
I studied microbiology at Sherbrooke University, and I also have a background of biomedical analysis in college. I am now completing a Master’s in Christopher Fernandez-Prada’s lab 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!
My curiosity for parasites was sparked at the age of 14 when I completed a presentation about neglected tropical diseases. Captivated by the importance of infectious diseases in domestic animals, my Veterinary Microbiology course taken during my studies in veterinary medicine (DMV), stimulated that same adolescent interest.
Among the different emergent infectious diseases, I am particularly interested in those caused by protozoan parasites. This group of parasites is quite interesting due to their ability to rapidly acquire resistance to many modern pharmaceutic treatments which is what pushed me to begin a Master’s in microbiology in Dr. Fernandez Prada’s parasitology lab. Outside of class and the lab, I love photographing insects and birds as well as drawing and travelling.
DMV, MSc student
I’m a vet with a passion for One Health and zoonotic parasites.
I studied at the University of Montreal (Veterinary Medicine) and McGill University (Animal Biology), all the while working at an animal hospital and honing my scientific writing and editing. My research has involved work in both molecular parasitology and immunology labs, and I plan to continue on in clinical parasitology.
Fun fact: my dog is Instagram famous!
I am a third-year veterinary medicine student at Université de Montréal. I started veterinary school right out of high school, which I did in my home country of Lebanon. I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Fernández-Prada on a Master’s in microbiology, to study the potential risk that having a pet at home poses on immunodeficient humans to develop certain parasitic infections. I hope to one day use my veterinary degree to help my native country in the same way that this Master’s project could help people with immunodeficiencies.
STUDENTS IN CO-DIRECTION
PhD student in co-direction with Pr. Martin Olivier (McGill University)
MSc student in co-direction with Pr. Steeve Côté (Université Laval)
MSc student in co-direction with Pr. Julie Arsenault (Université de Montréal)
MSc student in co-direction with Pr. Martine Boulianne (Université de Montréal)
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!
MARLEN I. LASPRILLA-MANTILLA
DR. JOAN PEÑA
DR. MARIELA SREDNIK
Post-Doc in co-direction with Pr. Mariela Segura (UdeM)
MSc student in co-direction with Pr. Rubens do Monte (Fiocruz)