Dr. Martin Simard, Ph.D., holds a Research Chair of the Fonds de Recherche-Santé du Québec and is professor in the Department of molecular biology, medical biochemistry, and pathology of the Laval University School of Medicine.

His research group aims to better understand how small non-coding RNAs can so efficiently control gene expression, in animals. Those molecules able to precisely control the protein production (the genes) in cells, have promptly being proposed to be implicated in different pathologies such as different types of cancers and recent scientific studies have proven their roles. The contribution of theses tiny molecules to our understanding of the cell, as well as their great potential in the detection and treatment of different diseases, makes this field of research among the most active in medical biology. His work focuses on the identification of cellular molecules that participate in the biological role of small non-coding RNAs, on understanding their roles and defining their implication in the development of different pathologies, such as cancers. At term, our studies will contribute to gather new insights about how theses tiny molecules contribute to cell function, and to develop new therapeutic strategies using the small non-coding RNAs.

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Quevillon Huberdeau M, Simard MJ

A guide to microRNA-mediated gene silencing.

Journal Article

FEBS J, 2018, ISSN: 1742-464X.

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Dallaire A, Frederick PM, Simard MJ

Somatic and Germline MicroRNAs Form Distinct Silencing Complexes to Regulate Their Target mRNAs Differently.

Journal Article

Dev Cell, 2018, ISSN: 1534-5807.

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Zhong L, Simard MJ, Huot J

Endothelial microRNAs regulating the NF-κB pathway and cell adhesion molecules during inflammation.

Journal Article

FASEB J, 32 (8), pp. 4070-4084, 2018, ISSN: 0892-6638.

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Zhong L, Huot J, Simard MJ

p38 activation induces production of miR-146a and miR-31 to repress E-selectin expression and inhibit transendothelial migration of colon cancer cells.

Journal Article

Sci Rep, 8 (1), pp. 2334, 2018, ISSN: 2045-2322.

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Fressigne L, Simard MJ

[Biogenesis of small non-coding RNAs in animals].

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Med Sci (Paris), 34 (2), pp. 137-144, 2018, ISSN: 0767-0974.

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Active projects

  • Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-05-01 to 2023-04-30
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Étude de la régulation des gènes par les courts ARNs non-codants, Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Chaires de recherche FRQS, from 2017-07-01 to 2021-06-30
  • Functional dissection of the microRNA pathway., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2015-07-01 to 2020-06-30
  • Genetic and molecular analysis of the siRNA-mediated silencing pathway in C. elegans., Subvention, Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et génie Canada, Subventions à la découverte SD (individuelles et d'équipe), from 2013-04-01 to 2019-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Acquisition d'un contrôleur Prosync kit pour imagerie cellulaire (protocoles expérimentaux), Subvention, Fondation du CHU de Québec, from 2016-02-05 to 2017-02-04
  • Detailed functional study of Argonaute proteins in microRNA-mediated gene regulation., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2013-10-01 to 2018-09-30
  • Étude de la régulation des gènes par les courts ARNs non-codants., Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Chercheur-boursier Juniors 1 et 2, Seniors, from 2014-07-01 to 2017-06-30
  • Soutien facultaire aux chercheurs seniors et nationaux., Subvention, Université Laval - démarrage nouveau chercheur, from 2014-07-01 to 2017-06-30
  • Versatile and quantitative analysis of macromolecules, Subvention, Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et génie Canada, Subventions d'outils et d'instruments de recherche (OIR), from 2017-03-31 to 2018-03-30
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