Neurobiology and Development

Genetics and Development

Under the direction of Marie Kmita

Research Unit

The Genetics and Development Research Unit’s primary research interest is to understand the genetics underlying patterning events in the developing embryo. Specifically, the research projects developed in the laboratory focus on the function and regulation of the Hox gene family, whose dysfunctions have been associated with congenital diseases in humans.

The research goal is to identify the mechanisms controlling the regulation of Hox genes and their implication in patterning events as well as morphological evolution among vertebrates. Research projects combine genetics and genomics approaches, and primarily take advantage of the mouse as model system.

See the Research Unit Director's list of scientific articles.

Marie Kmita

Research Unit Director

  • Director, Neurobiology and Development Research Division, IRCM
  • Director, Genetics and Development Research Unit, IRCM
  • Full IRCM Research Professor
  • Associate Research Professor, Department of Medicine (accreditation in molecular biology), Université de Montréal
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine), McGill University
  • Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Embryology and Genetics 

Other affiliations

  • Member, Society for Developmental Biology 

Awards and honours

  • 2008 Canadian Young Investigator Award in Biological Science, Boehringer Ingelheim Canada

Degrees and relevant experience

  • PhD in cell and molecular biology under the joint supervision of Professors Jacques Bierne and Walter Gehring, Université de Reims, France
  • Postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Professor Walter Gehring, Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Professor Denis Duboule, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Associate lecturer, Professor Denis Duboule’s laboratory, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Marie Kmita
Research Unit Director
Sanaz Azizi
M.Sc. Student
Ines Desanlis
Postdoctoral fellow
Annie Dumouchel
Research Assistant
Racheal Paul
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rodrigue Peraldi
PhD Student
Marine Roux
Postdoctoral Fellow
Anita Del Corpo
Administrative Assistant


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