RCMS Research Chair in Meat Safety

Dr. Marie-Lou Gaucher

  • 2004, graduated from Université de Montréal in Veterinary Medicine
  • 2007, Master in Veterinary sciences, microbiology option, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l’Université de Montréal
  • 2015, PhD in Veterinary sciences, with a major in microbiology

Veterinary microbiologist with a wide expertise in the poultry industry, she specializes in the control of bacterial pathogens within a farm-to-the-table approach. As a professor, her teaching and the research work conducted by the graduate students she supervises focus on the epidemiology and the molecular characterization of those pathogens in poultry production, as well as on the development and the implementation of tailored strategies to address specific animal health and food safety problematics. More specifically, her research program aims at better describing the reservoirs and the routes of transmission of Clostridium perfringens and Salmonella spp., both recognized as major pathogens of animal and public health significance, and at developing tools to tackle the risk associated with these bacteria.l

  • From 2007 until today, member on the organizing committee of le Rendez-vous avicole de l’AQINAC
  • 2015-2016, post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph conducted under the supervision of  Dr. John Prescott, research project studying the genetic diversity of type IV pilus-encoding genes in Clostridium perfringens of avian origin and their role in necrotic enteritis pathogenesis
  • 2016, research associate at la Chaire de recherche en salubrité des viandes from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal, supervision of research projects conducted by graduate students and focusing on the description of enterotoxigenic Clostridium perfringens reservoirs in poultry production, on the optimisation of the control of Salmonella spp. from the farm to the fork, on the animal health and food safety impacts of the Canadian antimicrobial use reduction strategy in poultry production, on the role of the poultry intestinal microbiota in the contamination of eggs and poultry meat products by animal and foodborne pathogens, and on the identification of virulence factors contributing to the pathogenicity of necrotic enteritis-causing Clostridium perfringens.
  • 2016, chief scientist for the development of the Establishment-based risk assessment model for Canadian hatcheries at the Innovation, Business and Service Development Branch of the Canadian food inspection agency
  • 2018, Associate professor at la Chaire de recherche en salubrité des viandes in the pathology and microbiology department from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal, teaching and research activities conducted under the themes mentioned above
  • 2019, member of the technical advisory committee for the development of the Establishment-based risk assessment model for Canadian feedmills at the Innovation, Business and Service Development Branch of the Canadian food inspection agency