November 25, 2022
We Rock! The Benoit Lab wins the World-Renowned 2022 CMM Curling Championship
The team constituted of Chris Bergin, Amanda Mendes, Jacob Billingsley, Jillian Crosmas, and Grace Embree crushed the competition to earn the prestigious trophy. They also won numerous other prizes, including the "Best Team Spirit", and the"Best Outfit".
Congratulations to our legends!
October 5, 2022
Yannick wins the 2022 Canada Gairdner Awards Early Career Investigators Competition
He was selected by this year's laureates Drs. John E. Dick and Stuart Orkin for his work on cancer stem cells.
A total of six Early Career Investigator winners have been selected from many applicants across Canada. Yannick will give a talk alongside the 2022 Gairdner Awards Laureates at the Gairdner Science Week Laureate Lectures on Oct 27 in Toronto.
You can see the announcement here: https://twitter.com/GairdnerAwards/status/1577685831913017344
September 29, 2022
Congratulations to Amanda Mendes da Silva for securing a uOttawa Conference Travel Award
With this prize, Amanda participates to the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Club de Recherche Clinique du Québec held in Lac Delage, where she presents a poster. Congratulations Amanda!
August 24, 2022
We are proud to receive a 2-year Operating Grant from The Cancer Research Society
We are thankful to the CRS and their generous donors for this operating grant. It will be crucial to conduct exciting work testing the translational value of one of our main drug candidates.
August 18, 2022
Congratulations to Joshua Haebe, who successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis
Josh has been an appreciated team member over the last four years. This includes his UROP internship, TMM Summer Training program, Honours term, and a 2-year M.Sc.
Best of luck with your future endeavors!
May 03, 2022
The Benoit Lab and Collaborators Get $113K to Acquire Powerful New Research Equipment
Dr. Yannick Benoit (main applicant) and co-applicants from the University of Ottawa - Dr. William Stanford, Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, and Dr. Mireille Khacho - were recently awarded with a Research Tools & Instruments grant from the NSERC to acquire a single-cell western platform. This new instrument is key to stem cell research, enabling precision protein detection within heterogeneous cell systems.
Thanks to the NSERC for continuous support!
April 28, 2022
An International Travel Award from the Stem Cell Network!
Congratulations to Chris Bergin for securing an International Travel Award from the Stem Cell Network. This award of up to $2,500 will support his attendance to the next Digestive Disease Week in San Diego. The Benoit lab is thankful to the Stem Cell Network for its contribution to the development of our team members.
March 20, 2022
Prizes awarded to two team members
Kudos to Amanda Mendes who earned the second place for her outstanding presentation at the 2022 CMM Seminar Day, held on March 1st. Amanda received a cash prize of $250. Great job!
Chris Bergin's research abstract was selected for a "Poster of Distinction" to the next Digestive Disease Week, taking place in San Diego on May 21 - 24, 2022. Only top-10% abstracts receive such a prestigious mention. Congratulations Chris, and enjoy your trip to California!
November 15, 2021
Two back-to-back papers from the Benoit lab
Our group recently published a review article highlighting the importance of the histone methyltransferase G9a in cancer stem cells and the recent advances in developing new tools to modulate its activity. The article appears in the journal Oncogenesis (DOI: 10.1038/s41389-021-00370-7).
Next, we just published an article in the Cell Press journal iScience supporting the importance of Sam68 as a therapeutic target to block cancer stem cell activity in colorectal tumors. The "In Press" version of the article can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589004221014139
September 15, 2021
Welcome to our new students
The Benoit lab is proud to welcome two new students:
- Ashley Hagerman, who is joining the lab as an Honours student in Biopharmaceutical Science, Genomic option.
- Tanguy Fenouil, an INSERM-funded visiting MD/Ph.D. student from Lyon (France)
May 17, 2021
Congratulations to Angelique Masibag, M.Sc.!
Kudos to Angelique who successfully defended her Master thesis in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, on May 17th. We are all very proud of her accomplishment and wishing her all the best for the future.
May 11, 2021
Benoit lab members contribute to two cutting-edge studies on cancer drug discovery
Chris, Aïcha, Angelique and Yannick are among the authors of a new paper published in Cell Chemical Biology characterizing a novel compound targeting a key molecular mechanism essential to cancer stem cells. Here is the link to the study.
Yannick also contributed to an article recently published in Cell Reports Medicine reporting abnormal dopamine receptor signaling as a potential therapeutic target in human acute myeloid leukemia. The full study is accessible here.
May 07, 2021
Josh has won the 1st place award for the 2021 CMM Poster Day
With his outstanding presentation, the professors form the CMM department declared Josh as the 1st place winner of the 2021 edition of the CMM poster day for the M.Sc. student category. Once again, congrats Josh!
May 01, 2021
Welcome to our new students
The Benoit lab is proud to welcome three new students, who will start working with us this summer.
- Amanda Mendes da Silva is a visiting graduate scholar from Brazil with much experience as a Pharmacists
- Tamara Sandouka is joining the lab as a TMM Honours student
- Keshav Gupta received a NSERC USRA scholarship to work with us during the next semester. Congrats on the award Keshav.
April 01, 2021
Josh got awarded with a Canada Graduate Scholarship
Congratulations, Josh, on this amazing accomplishment! This is well deserved.
January 28, 2021
Aïcha becomes the very first graduate from the lab
We are proud to announce that Aïcha Zouggar successfully defended her thesis and she now officially holds a Master degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine, with specialization in Bioinformatics.
December 16, 2020
Our lab just published an article describing how the chromatin modifier G9a is regulating key functions of human colon cancer stem cells
This study was published as a brief communication in the journal Oncogene and represents the hard work from co-first authors Chris Bergin and Aïcha Zouggar, as well as several other team members. The full article is accessible here.
November 09, 2020
The Benoit lab is awarded with a major grant from the CIHR to conduct research on colorectal cancer stem cells
This project grant will support our work on identifying and developing novel therapeutics efficiently targeting cancer stem cells, to eventually come up with strategies to improve the survival of patients. Great job team!
October 15, 2020
Chris receives OGS Scholarship and uOttawa Excellence Scholarship
We are very proud to announce that Christopher Bergin was recently awarded with the Ontario Graduate Scholarship as well as a University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship for the year 2020-2021. This is well deserved!