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Manuel Lafond
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Université de Sherbrooke and a proud member of the GRIF - the Research group on fundamental computer science of UdeS. My main area of research is bioinformatics, with an emphasis on algorithms for reconstructing gene/species phylogenies, inferring important evolutionary events such as gene duplication or horizontal gene transfer, and predicting orthologous/paralogous genes. I am especially interested in developing automated tools that can classify the various types of duplications that affect genes during evolution, which is the next step towards a deeper understanding of how organisms acquire new functions.
I am also an avid follower (and occasional contributor) of the theory of algorithms, and I enjoy applying the latest developments in approximation algorithms and fixed-parameter tractability to practical problems in computational biology.

Prior to my current position, I was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa with David Sankoff (2016-2018) and I obtained my PhD at the University of Montreal with Nadia El-Mabrouk (2012-2016).

CV Summary
Last update : January 2020 (which is recent at the time of writing, but is probably a long time ago now)
2018-... Assistant Professor, Université de Sherbrooke
2016-2018 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa (with Dr. David Sankoff)
2012-2016 PhD in Computer Science, University of Montreal. Advisor: Nadia El-Mabrouk
Thesis ranked Exceptional, on the Dean's list of honor, 4.3/4.3 GPA
2011-2012 MSc in Computer Science, University of Montreal. (fast-track to PhD)
2005-2010 BSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering (internship program), UQAM.
Committee Participation and Reviewing
- PC Member of WABI 2020 (upcoming)
- PC Member of SOFSEM 2020 (computational biology session, upcoming)
- PC Member of RECOMB-CG 2020 (upcoming)
- PC Member of ISMB 2020 (Population Genomics and Molecular Evolution, upcoming)
- PC Member of APBC 2020
- PC Member of WABI 2019
- PC Member of RECOMB-CG 2019
- PC Member of ISMB/ECCB 2019 (Population Genomics and Molecular Evolution, Systems Biology and Networks)
- PC Member of SOFSEM 2019 (computational biology session)
- PC Member of APBC 2019
- PC Member of ISMB 2018 (Comparative and Functional Genomics)
- PC Member of ICCABS 2018
- Organizing Committee of RECOMB-CG 2018
- PC Member of ICCABS 2017
- Organizing Committee of RECOMB-CG 2016
Awards and Financing
2019-2024 NSERC Discovery Grant
2016-2018 NSERC Postdoctoral Scholarship
2016Mitacs Globalink Campus France Award (for a 5 months collaboration with Dr. Celine Scornavacca)
2015Hydro-Québec Excellence Award
2014DIRO Excellence Award (University of Montreal)
2014-2016FRQNT Doctoral Scholarship
2012-2013FRQNT Masters Scholarship
H2019-H2020: IFT339 - Structures de données (data structures)
A2019: BIN702 - Algorithmes pour la bioinformatique (algorithms for bioinformatics)
E2019: IFT436 - Algorithmes et structures de données (algorithms and data structures)
H2019: IFT187 - Éléments de bases de données (databases)