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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 algorithms for bioinformatics, with an emphasis on the theoretical aspects of problems that arise in computational biology. I am especially interested in the development of models and algorithms for evolution that can be applied to reconstruct phylogenies, to infer important evolutionary events such as gene duplication or horizontal gene transfer, and to predict orthologous/paralogous genes.
I am also an avid follower (and occasional contributor) of the theory of algorithms, and I enjoy applying the latest developments in parameterized and approximation algorithms to practical problems in computational biology. In fact, while bioinformatics is often seen as computer science to the service of biology, I believe that the converse also holds, i.e. that biology can assist the development of algorithms. There are several biologically motivated problems that led to the development of novel techniques in algorithms, and there is more to be discovered with continued interactions between the fields.

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).

Some representative publications:

CV Summary
Last update : June 2022 (which is hopefully not too far in the past)
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 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
- PC Member of ISMB 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
- PC Member of RECOMB-CG 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
- PC Member of APBC 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
- PC Member of ISBRA 2022
- PC Member of SOFSEM 2020, 2019 (computational biology session, upcoming)
- PC Member of ICCABS 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
- Organizing Committee of RECOMB-CG 2018
- Organizing Committee of RECOMB-CG 2016
- Reviewer for WG2022, STACS 2022, IWOCA2021, ISAAC 2021-2020, ESA 2021, GLBIO 2021
Awards and Financing
2021-2023 FRQNT - Research support for new academics
2022-2023 FRQNT - Funding program on intersectoral research on aging (main applicant, social network project)
2019-2025 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