Damien D'Amours was born in Rimouski, Canada, in 1972. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Université Laval (Canada) in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He then moved to the United Kingdom to complete his graduate formation under the supervision of Stephen Jackson at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2001. During his graduate formation, Damien D'Amours worked on the cellular response to DNA damage, with a particular emphasis on DNA repair processes regulated by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase and by the Mre11-Rad50-Xrs2/Nbs1 complex. His graduate research showed that the Mre11 complex plays a vital role the establishment of a checkpoint arrest in response to DNA damage. Dr. D’Amours then joined the laboratory of Angelika Amon at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to complete his postdoctoral training (2002-2005). He was awarded the prestigious Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship to accomplish this phase of his career. His work led to the discovery of a novel mechanism that promotes the precise distribution of chromosomes between dividing cells during cell proliferation. In 2005, Damien D'Amours returned to Canada to take the position of Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (Université de Montréal, Canada). The main focus of his laboratory is to understand how cells regulate chromosome structure and integrity during cell division. In addition, his laboratory investigates the molecular and cellular responses to DNA damage, with a particular interest in how DNA lesions are repaired and how cells induce checkpoint arrest after experiencing genotoxic damage.
Biography Updated on 20 July 2011