Dre Émilie Larocque, Ph. D.

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Research scientist

Research, method development and validation for the detection of clinically important foodborne viruses

Current research and/or projects

The current projects contribute to enhanced capacity of the food virology diagnostic laboratories and support for public health agencies during outbreak and trace-back investigations.

Research and/or project statements

  • Method development, evaluation, improvement and validation for the detection of foodborne viruses associated to gastroenteric illnesses in humans (norovirus genogroup I and II, sapovirus, hepatitis A virus, hepatitis E virus, etc.)

  • Development of diagnostic methods for rapid confirmation of presumptive positive norovirus and hepatitis A foodborne isolates

  • Application of new technologies (e.g. next generation sequencing) for the identification and characterization of foodborne viruses

  • Improvement of bioinformatics analyses applied to viral genomics

Professional activities / interests

  • Student supervision
  • Research group involvement
    • Groupe de recherche et d'enseignement en salubrité alimentaire (GRESA), Université de Montréal
    • Advanced Virus Detection Technologies Interest Group (AVDTIG), Parenteral Drug Association

Education and awards

Certificate in epidemiology and infection control, Université de Montréal, 2015

Ph.D. in virology and immunology (molecular retrovirology), Université de Montréal, 2015

  • Thesis with honors

  • Graduating scholarship, Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales, Université de Montréal, 2014

  • Doctoral scholarship, Département de microbiologie, infectiologie et immunologie, Université de Montréal, 2012-2013

Master in biology (molecular retrovirology), Université du Québec à Montréal, 2010

  • Merit for excellence of results

Bachelor in biology by problem-based learning, specialization in molecular biology and biotechnology, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2008

International experience and/or work

Research scientist, St. Hyacinthe Laboratory, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Québec, 2017-

Postdoctoral fellow in food virology, St. Hyacinthe Laboratory, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Québec, 2015-2016