John D. Rioux

Affiliation : Université de Montréal
Organization : Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal
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About John D. Rioux

Pr. John D. Rioux is Associate Professor of Medicine at Université de Montréal and at the Montreal Heart Institute, where he works as a researcher and director of the Laboratory in Genetics and Genomic Medicine of Inflammation. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Genomic Medicine since 2005.

Pr. Rioux obtained a bachelor of science (BSc Immunology) in 1987 and a medical degree (PhD Experimental Medicine) from McGill University in 1994. In 1997, he completed postdoctoral training at Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, after which he launched a research group on the genetic and genomic basis of single-gene diseases and complex/polygenic diseases. In 2001, he went on to head the research group on inflammatory diseases at Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research, then at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In 2003, he was appointed assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, then, in 2004, associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, until 2007.


The goal of his research is to identify genetic risk factors of common (polygenic) diseases and the biological mechanisms through which such genetic variations influence the risk of developing these chronic diseases. Pr. Rioux is the founding member of four international consortiums in genetics. He has published over 150 papers in leading journals.

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