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Announcement of November’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 November.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Liu Mingxin, postdoctoral fellow in Physics, McGill University
Winning article: Direct Catalytic Methanol-to-Ethanol Photo-Conversion via Methyl Carbene
Published in: Chem, volume 5, no. 4

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Mathilde Mouchiroud, PhD student at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute Research Centre, Université Laval
Winning article: The hepatokine Tsukushi is released in response to NAFLD and impacts cholesterol homeostasis
Published in: JCI Insight

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Pier-Luc de Chantal, PhD student in Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: Divergent Thinking Promotes Deductive Reasoning in Preschoolers
Published in: Child Development

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