Universite de Montreal awards the first Ph.D. in bioinformatics in Canada

    MONTREAL, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Emmanuelle Permal became today the first
Ph.D. graduate in bioinformatics in Canada. Dr Permal did her doctoral thesis
under the supervision of Prof. François Major, Director of the Laboratory of
Bioinformatics and Theoretical Biology (LBIT) at the Department of Computer
Sciences and Operations Research and at the Institute for Research in
Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Universite de Montreal.
    Dr Permal's work on the 3D structure of RNA virus genomes was funded by
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The results, obtained using tools
that were developed at LBIT, revealed the existence of structural motifs that
are essential to the survival of the hepatitis B virus, the A-type influenza
virus and the bovine immunodeficiency virus. These motifs constitute novel
therapeutic targets and could eventually be used to develop more efficient
    Bioinformatics is a relatively young field of multidisciplinary research
that brings together biologists and computer scientists in an effort to model
living structures and decipher biological information. Starting in the 1990's,
this research field grew considerably as a result of the huge amount of data
generated by the human genome project. The Universite de Montreal was the
first Canadian university to offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in

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For further information: Christian Lanctôt, Director of Communications,
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), Université de
Montréal, (514) 343-6111, ext. 1-0315, christian.lanctot@umontreal.ca

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