Vice-President, Research – Programs
Dr. Christian Baron
Christian Baron is Vice-President, Research – Programs since February 2022. Before joining CIHR, Dr. Baron was a Full Professor in the Université de Montréal Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. He obtained a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Munich in Germany in 1993 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. In 1997, he joined the University of Munich in the Department of Microbiology as University Assistant, and in 2002, he was recruited by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor. In 2008, he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal as Chair and he was Vice-Dean of Research and Development at the Faculty of Medicine from 2015 to 2020.
His previous research focused on the molecular mechanisms of bacterial virulence and their contribution to bacterial infectious diseases. His group also worked on the mechanism of gene transfer to plants and between pathogenic bacteria – a process that contributes to the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes. He also conducted research on the interaction of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with human cells and on bacterial sulphur metabolism in mining environments. His research was funded from a diversity of sources in the past, e.g. CIHR, CFI, NSERC, Genome Canada/Genome Quebec and the Cancer Research Society. He frequently served as a member of peer review committees for CIHR, NSERC and the NFRF.
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