Jerry Pelletier Obituary – Death: McGill University Department of Biochemistry Professor Jerry Pelletier Passes Away
Jerry Pelletier Obituary: Jerry Pelletier, PhD, a Professor at McGill University’s Department of Biochemistry and Department of Oncology and a member of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Institute, is a distinguished RNA biology researcher who brings a unique and significant focus on the developing area of RNA research as a co-founder of the McGill Centre for RNA Sciences.
Professor Pelletier, co-author of 286 peer-reviewed publications and recipient of the 2019 Robert Noble Award from the Canadian Cancer Society for outstanding achievements in basic biomedical cancer research, first developed an interest in RNA research in the final year of his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill. His initial interest was primarily due to developments in molecular biology tools that could provide insight into understanding and manipulating gene expression programmes.
In 1988, Prof. Pelletier earned his PhD from McGill, having worked under the guidance of iconic Professor Nahum Sonenberg, PhD, who, had started his lab 10 years prior. Professor Pelletier would go on to complete his post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cancer Centre, in the lab of Professor David Housman, PhD, a prominent genetics researcher, conducting research on Wilms’ tumour and characterising the WT1 tumour suppressor gene.
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