Eric R. Gauthier
Director, School of Biological, Chemical and Forensic Sciences
Dr. Gauthier received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 1988 and his Ph.D. degree from the Université Laval in 1993. He has been a professor at Laurentian University since 1994. Currently, he is the Director of the School of Biological, Chemical & Forensic Sciences.
Dr. Gauthier’s research is focused on the molecular and cellular events involved in the initiation, execution and regulation of cell death in mammalian cells. Dr. Gauthier and his team focus on two main facets of this problem:
1) a fundamental aspect, where we investigate the intracellular signals triggered by the amino acid L-glutamine, and which lead to cell survival. This research has recently found immediate application to medicine since glutamine is an important amino acid for the survival of several types of cancers.
2) a more applied focus, where the impact of the modulation of cell death on the behaviour of cells of biotechnological interest is investigated.