Cancer and Genetic Diseases

Hematopoiesis and Cancer

Under the direction of Tarik Möröy

Research Unit

The research unit's objective in research on hematopoiesis and cancer is to advance our understanding of the molecular basis of physiology, ontogenesis, and the differentiation of blood cells, and to reveal the mechanisms leading to cancer in the hematopoietic system, i.e. leukemia and lymphoma.  The research program focuses on the role transcription factors and chromatin regulators play, such as the zinc-finger proteins Gfi1 and Gfi1b and transcription factor POZ/BTB Miz-1. 

The general approach used to understand the way they function is to generate mutant alleles by targeting genes in the mouse. This extremely powerful technique has given the team deeper insight into critical steps in hematopoietic differentiation, specifically stem cell self-renewal.

Tarik Möröy

Research Unit Director

  • Director, Hematopoiesis and Cancer research unit
  • Full IRCM Research Professor
  • Full Research Professor, Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology (accreditation in biochemistry and molecular medicine), Université de
  • Montréal
  • Adjunct professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine), McGill University
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chairholder in Hematopoiesis and Immune Cell Differentiation

Boards of Directors

  • Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (since 2015)
  • Research Canada (since 2016)

Awards and honours

  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2018)
  • Nomination as “Honory Guest Professor for outstanding achievements in immunology” at Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China (2015)
  • Recognition award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (2014)
  • “Community Shift” fellow, Ivey School of Business, UWO, London, Ontario (2013)
  • Researcher of the month (January 2011), Canadians for Health Research

Degrees and experience

  • M.Sc. in biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • PhD in biochemistry, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Columbia University, New York
  • Habilitation thesis for research supervision, University of Marburg, Germany
  • President and Scientific Director, IRCM (2006-2019)
Tarik Möröy
Research Unit Director
Mohammad Kaifee Arman
Postdoctoral fellow
Hugues Beauchemin
Research Associate
Riyan Chen
Research Associate
Zeinab Dalloul
PhD Student
Jennifer Fraszczak
Research Associate
Marion Lacroix
PhD student
Mathieu Lapointe
Research Assistant
Julie Ross
Research Associate
Mariana Correro
Administrative Assistant


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