Jean-Pierre Perreault

Vice-Rector, Research and Graduate Studies - Université de Sherbrooke

Jean-Pierre Perreault completed a bachelor’s (1986), master’s (1988) and doctoral (1990) degree in biochemistry at the Université de Montréal. He then pursued post-doctoral training at Yale University before joining the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke in 1993, where he is now a full professor in the Department of Biochemistry. He has held several research leadership positions including Director of the Department of Biochemistry (2004 to 2010), Associate Dean for Faculty Development (2009 to 2010), and Vice-Dean for Research and Graduate Studies from 2010 to 2017. His achievements include the creation of the capitalized fund for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences’ graduate research fellowship program. Since June 2017 he is Vice-Rector for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Sherbrooke. A molecular biologist and expert in RNA and viroid enzymology, he holds the Université de Sherbrooke Research Chair in RNA structure and genomics. He previously held the Canada Research Chair in Genomics and RNA Catalysts (2005-2012). Dr. Perreault has led the development of new applications in gene inactivation based on fundamental discoveries in his laboratory. Dr. Perreault is the founding director of the RNA Biology Research Centre of Excellence (1999-2009) and one of the co-founders of the RiboClub, a Canadian grouping of researchers interested in the study of RNA. He was President of the Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (renamed the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences under his leadership) and served on its Board of Directors for several years. He was appointed a director of the Acfas board in 2020 and became its president on 11 March 2021.