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Yannick Tremblay BSc, MSc, PhD Lecturer Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology

6B65, Health Sciences Building



Student-sourcing research discovery, student-led learning


• PhD Microbiology and Immunology, 2010, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
• MSc Microbiology, 2005, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
• BSc (Ag) Microbiology, 2003, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Research Experience

• Research Associate, 2017-2020, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
• Visiting Researcher, 2015, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
• Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2014, Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec

Biofilm formation in bacterial pathogens
Short Biography

I received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from McGill University. During this degree, I started my research training by sequencing a small plasmid found in the ruminant pathogen, Histophilus somni. For my MSc, I worked on the same pathogen but studied its ability to acquire iron from haemoglobin. I then moved to Dalhousie University in Halifax to do my PhD on an essential two-component signal transduction system found in the dental pathogen, Streptococcus mutans. After completing my PhD, I started my postdoctoral training at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal to study biofilm formation in different pathogens important to public health and veterinary medicine. After a short stay at McGill University as a visiting researcher, I moved to Paris (France) and was hired at the Institut Pasteur as a research associate to characterize biofilms formed by the enteric pathogen, Clostridioides difficile.

Throughout my post-secondary education and research training, I took an active interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Overall, I have supervised 15 undergraduate projects, 1 graduate project and taught classes to undergraduate, graduate and professional students as a guest or sessional lecturer.

Recent Publications

  • Dubois, T.*, Tremblay, Y.D.N.*, Hamiot, A., Martin-Verstraete, I., Deschamps, J., Monot, M., Briandet, R., and Dupuy, D. 2019. A microbiota-generated bile salt induces biofilm formation in Clostridium difficile. npj Biofilms Microbiomes. 5: 14.
  • Hathroubi, S.*, Loera-Muro, A.*, Guerrero-Barrera, A.L., Tremblay, Y.D.N., Jacques. M. 2018. Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae biofilms: Role in pathogenicity and potential impact for vaccination development. Anim Health Res Rev. 19 (1):17-30.
  • Tremblay, Y.D.N.*, Labrie, J.*, Chénier, S., and Jacques, M. 2017. Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae grows as aggregates in the lung of pigs: Is it time to refine our in vitro biofilm assays? Microb. Biotechnol. 10 (4): 756-760.
  • Tremblay, Y.D.N., Vogeleer, P., Jacques, M. and Harel, J. 2015. High-throughput microfluidic method to study biofilm formation and host-pathogen interactions in pathogenic Escherichia coli. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 11 (8): 2827-2840.
  • Vogeleer, P., Tremblay, Y.D.N., Assanta, M.A., Jacques, M. and Harel, J. 2014. Life on the outside: role of biofilms in environmental persistence of shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli. Front. Microbiol. 5: 317.
  • Tremblay, Y.D.N., Hathroubi, S. and Jacques, M. 2014. Les biofilms bactériens : leur importance en santé animale et en santé publique. Can. J. Vet. Res. 78 (2): 110-116 4.
  • Tremblay, Y.D.N., Lévesque, C., Segers, R.P.A.M., and Jacques, M. 2013. Method to grow Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae biofilm on a biotic surface. BMC Vet. Res. 9: 213.
  • Tremblay, Y.D.N., Deslandes, V., and Jacques, M. 2013. Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae gene expression in biofilms cultured under static conditions and in a drip-flow apparatus. BMC Genomics 14: 364.
  • Tremblay, Y.D.N., Lamarche, D., Chever, P., Haine, D., Messier, S., and Jacques, M. 2013. Characterization of the ability of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from the milk of Canadian farms to form biofilms. J. Dairy. Sci. 96 (1): 234-246.
  • Jacques, M, Aragon, V, and Tremblay, Y.D.N. 2010. Biofilm formation in bacterial pathogens of veterinary importance. Anim. Health Res. Rev. 11 (2): 97–121.