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Announcement of January’s recipients of the Relève étoile awards

Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the names of the three winners of the Relève étoile competition of the Fonds de recherche du Québec for the month of January.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

Vahid Adibnia, postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Superlubricity of zwitterionic bottlebrush polymers in the presence of multivalent ions
Published in: Journal of the American Chemical Society

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Jade Degrandmaison, PhD student in Pharmacology, Research Centre of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, Université de Sherbrooke
Winning article: In vivo mapping of a GPCR interactome using knockin mice
Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Didem Dogar, PhD student in Civil Law, McGill University
Winning article: On the Use of Asylum Testimonies in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Proceedings: H. and J. v the Netherlands and Jaballah (Re)
Published in: Springer - Causes and Consequences of Migrant Criminalization

The Relève étoile competition promotes careers in research and aims to recognize the excellence of the research conducted by university students, postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are carrying out advanced research training in the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

To pay tribute to eminent members of Québec’s scientific community in recognition of their remarkable careers and outstanding contributions to the development of the research ecosystem, the award granted by the Fonds Nature et technologies has been named in honour of Louis Berlinguet, the Fonds Santé’s award is named after Jacques Genest, whereas the Fonds Société et culture honors Paul Gérin-Lajoie.

Every month, each Fund will award $1,000 to a student researcher.

Dr. Quirion sends his congratulations to the recipients.


Benoit Sévigny
Director of Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
Fonds de recherche du Québec
514 864-1619