Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona
Dr. Filion studied in France (Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, Université Denis Diderot in Paris) and in Canada (University Concordia). He carried out his PhD from 2004 to 2007 at the Curie Institute in Paris (France) under the supervision of Dr. Pierre-Antoine Defossez. He conducted an experimental study of transcription factors able to bind methylated DNA and to interpret epigenetic signatures. He was then hired as a postdoctoral research from 2008 to 2011 at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in the laboratory of Dr. Bas van Steensel. He conducted bioinformatics studies of transcription factors and chromatin proteins in Drosophila using microarray technologies. This work established the basis of modern classifications of chromatin types in metazoans.
From 2012 to 2019, Dr. Filion took a faculty position at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona (Spain). He was the head of a research laboratory focusing on the relationships between genome organization and transcription. The different research lines involved some work on Drosophila, on viruses such as HIV and on basic tools for bioinformatics. He trained two PhD students, who are now continuing their career in academia. He raised several millions of euro in competitive calls to fund his research and organized several meetings on topics such as epigenetics and statistics. During this time, he also taught a full semester course on data visualization at the undergraduate level (Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona).
From July 2020 Dr. Filion will join UTSC as an assistant Professor. His main research line will be on the use of artificial intelligence to address novel questions in molecular and cellular biology.
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