Nicolas Pilon

Research fellow at the Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and holder of the UQAM research chair

Molecular biologist by training, I started my career as an independent researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at UQAM in 2008. Scholar-scholar of the Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and holder of the UQAM Research Chair on rare genetic diseases, I co-founded and directs the Center of Excellence in Research on Orphan Diseases – Courtois Foundation (CERMO-FC) since 2018. My research work is notably funded by the Health Research Institutes ( CIHR; Canada), the National Institutes of Health (NIH; USA) and various foundations for rare diseases such as the Pierre Lavoie Grand Challenge Foundation. This work mainly focuses on a specific group of rare diseases called neurocristopathies. These diseases are due to poor development of neural crest cells and we use the mouse as a model organism to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved and then develop therapies.

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