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Announcement of March’s recipients of the Relève étoile awards

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


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Yao-Yu Xiao and Zhi-Chao Jiang, PhD students in Chemistry, Université de Sherbrooke
Winning article: Biomimetic Locomotion of Electrically Powered "Janus" Soft Robots Using a Liquid Crystal Polymer
Published in: Advanced Materials

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Guillermo Arango Duque, postdoctoral fellow in Cellular Biology, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Winning article: The host cell secretory pathway mediates the export of Leishmania virulence factors out of the parasitophorous vacuole
Published in: PLOS Pathogens

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Jose Orlando Montes De La Barrera, PhD student in Science, Technology and Society, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: Microfactories and the new economies of scale and scope
Published in: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

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