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Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies

The general role of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, is to coordinate and oversee all of the university’s research activities.

Reporting to Vice-President Perreault, the team is dedicated to research and graduate studies, and steering the Université de Sherbrooke among the ranks of the best research universities.

Professor Jean-Pierre Perreault

Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies

Professor Jean-Pierre Perreault, graduate in biochemistry, pursued post-doctoral training at Yale University before joining the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he is now a full professor in the Department of Biochemistry.

A molecular biologist and expert in RNA and viroid enzymology, Professor Perreault holds the Université de Sherbrooke Research Chair on RNA Structure and Genomics. He previously held the Research Chair in Catalytic Genomics and RNA. He led the development of new applications in gene inactivation based on the fundamental findings of his laboratory. Jean-Pierre Perreault was the founding director of the RNA Biology Research Centre and a co-founder of RiboClub, a Canadian group of researchers interested in the study of RNA. He has chaired the Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (later the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences), and sat on its Board of Directors for several years.

Professor Jean-Pascal Lemelin

Assistant Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies

Jean-Pascal Lemelin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychoeducation and a member of the Université de Sherbrooke’s Groupe de recherche et d'intervention sur les adaptations sociales de l'enfance (GRISE). He is conducting research on affective and emotional development, behavioural issues, educational maladjustment, parent-child relationships, and cognitive development.

Patricia Fournier

Assistant Vice-President, Research Development

Assistant to the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies from 2004 to December 2023, Patricia Fournier contributed to many facets of research management and development in a mobilizing role, ranging from program administration, competition implementation as well as the preparation of numerous support documents for grant applications or faculty members' nominations for awards and honors.

These experiences have enabled her to develop considerable expertise in major project management, risk management, resource mobilization and process improvement. To maximize research capacity and the impact of UdeS research, Patricia is now fully responsible for managing projects related to the development of UdeS research activities and clusters, as well as communications with the University's internal and external partners and stakeholders.

Dominic Therrien

Assistant Vice-president, Institutional Platform Development

Holding a master’s degree in immunology and virology from the IRNS-Institut Armand Frappier, Dominic Therrien has over 15 years of experience in the private sector where he has participated in implementing solutions for analytical laboratories in the clinical, academic, and industrial sectors, on the North American continent and elsewhere in the world.

Prior to joining the UdeS, he was manager of a team of cytometry experts. In his early professional career, he also worked as the head of immunological testing at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.