Dre Émilie Larocque, Ph. D.
Method development for food virology laboratories
Current research and/or projects
Dr. Larocque's laboratory conducts regulatory research on the detection, identification and characterization of enteric viruses that cause foodborne illness in humans. Her work contributes to enhancing the capacity of CFIA's food virology diagnostic laboratories, as well as supporting public health authorities during foodborne outbreak investigations.
Research and/or project statements
Improving methods for detection and quantification of foodborne viruses based on novel technologies (e.g. digital PCR).
Developping methods for genotyping of foodborne viruses.
Applying new technologies (e.g. next generation sequencing) to detect and characterize the genome of foodborne viruses.
Studying the persistence of human enteric viruses on food.
Professional activities / interests
- Supervision of students
- Ad hoc reviewer for research proposals
- Member of scientific groups
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)
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
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
- Award for 3rd best poster presentation, 8th Annual BioMed Conference, Trois-Rivières, 2013
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
Raymond, P., Paul, S., Perron, A., Bellehumeur, C., Larocque, É., Charest, H., 2022. Detection and Sequencing of Multiple Human Norovirus Genotypes from Imported Frozen Raspberries Linked to Outbreaks in the Province of Quebec, Canada, in 2017. Food Environ Virol.Raymond, P., Paul, S., Perron, A., Bellehumeur, C., Larocque, É., Charest, H., 2022. Detection and Sequencing of Multiple Human Norovirus Genotypes from Imported Frozen Raspberries Linked to Outbreaks in the Province of Quebec, Canada, in 2017. Food Environ Virol. doi: 10.1007/s12560-021-09507-8.
Member of the Food and Environmental Virology Network
Member of the Groupe de recherche et d'enseignement en salubrité alimentaire