M. Sc student / Evolutionary systems biology
e-mail: camille.bedard.6 [at] ulaval.ca
My hometown is Saint-Raymond in Portneuf. I moved in Quebec City in 2016 to start my collegial studies in natural sciences at CEGEP Garneau. I really liked all my sciences classes during CEGEP, but my favorites were the biology ones. So, I decided to do a bachelor’s degree in biology at Laval University in 2018.
I did my first internship in summer 2019 at the laboratory of Pr. Louis Bernier. I worked on Dutch elm disease which is caused by a pathogenic fungus. This was the starting point of my interest in pathogenic fungi. Since 2020, I am part of Christian Landry lab’s. I did 2 internships and I started my biology master’s degree in fall 2021. In the lab, I have mostly been working on azole antifungal resistance.
My master project goal is to characterize the functional impact on resistance of amino acid substitutions in the azole drugs target. My project could help us in our fight against fungal pathogen by determining key amino acids in azole antifungals resistance and allow us to improve our understanding of resistance evolution in fungi. I find the antifungal resistance subject super important, as it’s a growing concern that definitely needs our attention.
In general, I am interested in evolution and ecology, and I like working in molecular biology and microbiology. I also have a growing interest in bioinformatics. As you read, I am interested in fungi research. I think fungi are fascinating organisms and we have a lot to learn about them. Not lab related, I love cooking (and eating…) and playing video games and board games.