The 21st Systems Biology workshop on Cells in Space at McGill University’s Bellairs Research Station in Holetown (Barbados) will bring together researchers interested in exploring cells in their context. Recent advances have reinforced the importance of understanding where cells are localized in tissues to further characterize their similarity and differences (cell types) and shed light on their interactions, communication and functionality.

The invitees collectively champion the development and/or application of EXPERIMENTAL approaches to identify the physical location of cells based on sequencing or imaging methods, and COMPUTATIONAL models to analyze cellular information and/or predict its location.

We are excited to extend discussions to how a wide variety of external factors and stressors, such as space travel, the exposure to microgravity and space radiation, the synergistic effect of microbiomes, infection processes, tumor microenvironments, etc., influence or alter cellular expression and epigenetics programs.

The lab is (re)opening in April 2022 at Western University, London, Ontario (Canada). As we embark in this new journey, we have several undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate positions available for individual interested in health data science and single-cell molecular technologies.

If you are interested in joining our research, please check our current training and career opportunities.</p>

Looking forward to speak at the 7th Canadian Conference on Epigenetics on Nov 2-5 2021 in Estérel, QC.

Early bird registration deadline is on Sep, 3. Visit the conference website for more info.

Hope to see you there in person and otherwise on zoom!


Code release for the analyses of matched microbiome-MRI data before and after an exercise intervention:

microbiome2brain code repository

Looking forward to hearing about all the fascinating links between the microbiome and human health at the Having IMPACTT microbiome symposium

Check out our poster and connect to chat about the gut-brain axis!

My collaborators and I have a posdoctoral position open related to a project in cancer genomics and informatics, specifically breast ductal in situ carcinoma (DCIS).

The project is led by a multidisciplinary team comprised of Prof Michael Hallett at Concordia (Montreal), Dr E Rakovitch at Sunnybrook Hospital (Toronto), myself and collaborators at the OICR (Toronto), UBC (Vancouver) and MD Anderson (Texas), providing an excellent training environment. This is a CIHR funded project and involves the analysis of a large collection of profiles of DCIS tumors towards specific clinical end-points.

We really need someone here who has a solid background in statistics and data science, preferably with previous experience in the genomics and bioinformatics arenas.

The position would be co-superivsed by Prof Hallett and myself. We are happy to work with you to provide a sufficient level of understanding with respect to the underlying biology and clinical aspects of the project.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Ph.D. in biostatistics, computational biology, data science, epidemiology, or related disciplines
  • expertise in manipulation, analysis, and visualization of high-throughput genomics data
  • programming experience using R and/or Python.

Duration: 1 year (but with potential for longer) Salary: 60K / year + benefits Location: Canada (Montreal or remotely within the country)

All of our groups are extremely diverse and happy to assist you get settled both in life and research. Montreal has a very good standard of living, is culturally diverse and is an active research hub with four universitie and two research hospital systems. Canada has an excellent social system with affordable child care and parental leave. We are more than happy to accomodate any special needs or requirements including those related to covid-19. If there are any private or personnal issues that raise concerns about Canada, Montreal or our groups, we would be happy to direct you to related support groups or trained personnal for those issues.

Please send a CV to or Please ensure that you describe your previous academic training, research experience or other items you deem relevant to this position.

This year workshop at McGill University’s Bellairs Research Station in Holetown (Barbados) brings together researchers interested in the development of new model organisms.

The emergence of many new “non-model” model systems is at least in part due to recent advancements in gene editing technologies, cellular imaging, and single cell genomics. Therefore, the workshop also seeks to bring investigators interested in the advancement of such techniques to better exploit the unique biological features of these organisms.

…and it was another fantastic year. Thanks to the 2020 participants!


Vicky presents at Concordia’s Undergraduate Research Showcase. Thank you for the fantastic work done this summer on the microbiome2brain project!


Vanessa is now an Affiliate Professor in the Biology Department at Concordia University. Looking forward to continuing fruitful collaborations with members of the Department and welcoming students to conduct interdisciplinary research in genomics and human health !


This study is being conducted by Vanessa Dumeaux, PhD of the Concordia’s PERFORM Centre and has approval from the Comité central d’éthique de la recherche du ministre de la Santé et des Services Sociaux.


This free event will be complemented by three days of professional development activities and methodology workshops .

Register Now for PCRC 2019

30 Mar 2019

We are grateful to the PERFORM Centre for their support of our new microbiome2brain project exploring changes in the gut microbiome and brain activity associated with an exercise training intervention. We would also like to congratulate Vicky Brunet who was awarded a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to work on this project.

Finally we would like to thank Concordia University for their support of our Team Startup grant that will build a high-resolution map of cancer immunity in HER2+ breast cancer patients.

This year workshop at McGill University’s Bellairs Research Station in Holetown (Barbados) brings together a broad group of researchers with expertise in developing single-cell genomics or massively parallel reporter assays, or computational approaches associated with these technologies. Collectively, participants have experience in a variety of contexts from exploring microbial and tumor microenvironments, to epigenetic and transcriptional regulation.

See you there!

The 5th annual Canadian Conference on Epigenetics to be held in Estérel, Quebec.

Congrats to Bjorn for the release of Reproducible Data Analysis Pipelines for Precision Medicine. on biorxiv. Code available at

Looking forward to attending the Systems Genetics of Cancer Workshop in Portland, Oregon, to discuss the latest research in cancer evolution and much more.

21 May 2018

This is my new academic website, based off Trevor Bedford’s, Sohrab Shah’s and Michael Hallett’s website template.