Yves Brun

Affiliation : Université de Montréal
Organization : Université de Montréal
E-mail : yves.brun@umontreal.ca
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About Yves Brun

Yves Brun, B.Sc., M.Sc., studied at the Université de Moncton where he performed research on the mechanisms of protein synthesis with Alan Fraser, funded by undergraduate and graduate fellowships from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and for which he received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for graduate work. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Université Laval for work on the evolution and regulation of tRNA and aminoacyl tRNA synthetase genes with Jacques Lapointe and with fellowship support from NSERC. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University, where he performed research on the regulation of bacterial cell differentiation with Lucy Shapiro, funded by fellowships from NSERC and from the Medical Research Council of Canada.


He then moved to a faculty position at the Indiana University in 1993 where he was the Clyde Culbertson and Distinguished Professor of Biology, served as Director of the Microbiology Graduate Program and as Associate Chair for Microbiology, and received many teaching awards. He received an Academic Scientific Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbiology in 2005, was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2010 and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012. In 2014, he received the Indiana University Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award and a Fulbright US Research Scholar Award. In 2019, he received the Murray Award from the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, the Society’s premier award for senior researchers to provide national recognition for outstanding Canadian Microbiologists. Yves Brun served as editor of the Journal of Bacteriology (2003-07 and 2018-pres.) and mBio (2013-16). In January 2019, he moved to the Université de Montréal in the Département de microbiologie, infectiologie et immunologie where he is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Bacterial Cell Biology.


Proudly maintaining an association with his home of 26 years in the Indiana University Department of Biology as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. His research spans a wide area in microbiology and is characterized by the use of multidisciplinary approaches. He has made an important contribution to our understanding of the regulation of cell division, cell cycle control, development and cell differentiation, protein localization, the function, determination, and evolution of cell shape, and the mechanisms, regulation, and biophysics of surface adhesion and biofilm formation in bacteria.

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