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 December.

Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

Zhenwei Ma, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, McGill University
Winning article: Bioinspired tough gel sheath for robust and versatile surface functionalization
Published in: Science Advances

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Béatrice Choi, PhD student in Molecular Medicine, Université Laval
Winning article: Feeding diversified protein sources exacerbates hepatic insulin resistance via increased gut microbial branched-chain fatty acids and mTORC1 signaling in obese mice
Published in: Nature Communications

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Carmen-Édith BelleÏ-Rodriguez, PhD student in Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke
Winning article
: School Dropout: Can the Student-Teacher Relationship Win Out Over IQ?
Published in
: McGill Journal of Education/Revue des sciences de l’éducation de McGill

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