Jean-Claude Labbé, Ph. D.

Awards & Honours

  • Canada Research Chair in Cell Division and Differentiation, 2006-
  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2005-2006
  • Long-term Postdoctoral Fellow, European Molecular Biology Organization, 2003-2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2001-2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche, 1999-2000
  • Doctoral Fellow, Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche, 1996-1998


  • Postdoctoral training with Monica Gotta, Institute of Biochemistry, ETH Hönggerberg, Zurich, 2003-2005
  • Postdoctoral training with Bob Goldstein, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999-2002
  • Ph.D. in biochemistry with Luis A. Rokeach and Siegfried Hekimi, Université de Montréal, 1999

Research support

  • Cancer Research Society
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research

After his doctoral studies in biochemistry at the Université de Montréal, Jean-Claude Labbé did his initial postdoctoral training at the Department of Biology of the University of North Carolina. He used a cellular approach to observe and understand asymmetric cell division, using the Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) worm as a model.

He studied the positioning of the mitotic spindle, an essential structure for all cell division. During asymmetric cell division, a balance of forces permits the mitotic spindle to move to one end of the cell in order to produce two cells of different sizes after division. He showed that these forces are coordinated during the cell cycle and that a transition between different types of forces coincides with the beginning of the shift of the mitotic spindle.

During the second part of his postdoctoral training in 2003-2005 at the Institute of Biochemistry, ETH Hönggerberg, Zurich, Switzerland, he used a functional genomic approach to study asymmetric cell division, again using the C. elegans worm as a model. His research showed the implication of several genes involved in asymmetric cell division, which had never before been described in having such function.

Jean-Claude Labbé joined IRIC in 2005 to pursue his work on asymmetric cell division.

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