About Dr. Chantal Autexier
 
Dr. Chantal Autexier is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Medicine at McGill University and a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. She is Chercheur National of the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ) and co-organizer of the Canadian Symposiums on Telomeres and Genome Integrity.

Dr. Autexier obtained her Ph.D. from the Microbiology and Immunology Department at McGill University in 1991 studying nucleic acid-protein interactions using bacteriophages as model systems. Her graduate studies were supported by postgraduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and FRSQ. She subsequently trained with Nobel Laureate Dr. Carol Greider, as a postdoctoral fellow of the FRSQ and the Leukemia Society of America, studying protein-RNA interactions in the telomerase enzyme from the ciliated protozoa Tetrahymena thermophila and human. She was recruited as an independent scientist and assistant professor to the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital of McGill University in 1997. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004 and became Professor in 2010.

Dr. Chantal Autexier is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of structure and function of telomerase. Her research focus is the identification and characterization of unique determinants of telomerase and telomere function. The aim of her research is to identify and characterize specific and essential mechanisms regulating telomerase and telomere function in telomere maintenance, cellular immortalization and cancer that can be validated as specific and effective therapeutic targets in tumor cells and premature aging diseases of telomere maintenance.
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