An inspiring journey, a unique experience

Our graduates share their learning experiences, telling us about their memories, discoveries, and lifelong connections during their studies.

Their time at INRS has been significant and has opened up endless possibilities for their careers.

Mathieu Giguère (Master in Energy and materials sciences, 2010)
Planning Analyst, Canadian Space Agency

Mathieu Giguère

“The ALLS laboratory is a jewel that's too well hidden; research fields abound at INRS and the quality of the work carried out would benefit from being better known.”


Antony Bertrand-Grenier (M. Sc. in energy and biophotonic materials, 2012)
Medical physicist at CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec, associate professor, author and doctoral student in epistemology at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Antony Bertrand-Grenier

“The prestige of INRS in terms of research excellence, combined with the fact that it exclusively welcomes graduate students, were convincing arguments for choosing this institution. The prospect of joining a community dedicated to research thrilled me enormously.”


Pierre-Alexandre Rochette (PhD in virology and immunology, 2015)
Territory Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, New England Biolabs

Pierre-Alexandre Rochette

“My experience has taught me that INRS is full of opportunities; all we have to do is go looking for them and seize the synergies that are created with those around us.”


Jacinthe Côté (PhD in biology, 2011)
Senior director, Innovation and R&D, Farinart

Jacinthe Côté

“I noticed that it increased the value of the words that came out of my mouth. In the end, the PhD allowed me to do a lot of things that weren’t on my original path.”

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Jérémy Gelb (Ph.D. in urban studies, 2022)
Urban and spatial data analyst, Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM)

Jérémy Gelb

“Cultivate an open mind, be curious and critical, explore different paths and don't hesitate to take chances.”


Eric Bergeron (master’s in telecommunications, 1995)
Founder and CEO, Flyscan Systems

Eric Bergeron

“Like hockey, entrepreneurship is a young person’s sport. You’re not too young to start a business. On the contrary, the younger you are if you experience failure, the more you can pick yourself up and build on that experience to start afresh.”


Annie Poulin (Ph.D. Water sciences, 2008)
Professor at École de technologie supérieure, Construction engineering department

Annie Poulin

“That’s exactly what I needed — people who believed in me, who saw bigger than me and in my abilities. Every time I spoke to my mentors, they challenged me more and more, emphasizing my potential to become a researcher. So, I took the opportunity!”


Jean Philippe Chenel (master’s and Ph.D. Water sciences, 2005 and 2011)
Director of Innovation, Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocesses in Quebec (CRIBIQ)

Jean Philippe Chenel

“At INRS, the students do their own research. We use the tools in the laboratory and do our own experiments. You understand better and learn so much more by doing everything yourself.”

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Bélinda Crobeddu (Ph.D. biology, 2023)
Research Advisor, Collège Montmorency

Bélinda Crobeddu

“INRS was a revelation for me. I felt like a person and not just another number among thousands. ”


Audrey Maheu (Ph.D. Water sciences, 2016)
Professor-researcher at Université du Québec en Outaouais
Department of Natural Sciences

Audrey Maheu

“Asking questions, exploring new ideas and looking for answers, that's what I'm passionate about.”

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Marc-André St-Yves
Master’s in knowledge mobilisation and transfer, 2022
Managing director and senior partner, Guérilla innovation
LEAD Research and innovation, Espace-inc

Marc-André St-Yves


“Throughout my Master’s degree, and thanks to the path proposed by each of the committed and passionate professors, I have been able to acquire knowledge that has enabled me to develop new key skills for navigating the social interface of research and innovation. The knowledge transfer and mobilization programme is nothing less than a transformative framework for me.”

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Tarek Rouissi (Ph.D. Water sciences, 2012)
Professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Tarek Rouissi

“My years as a student have been nothing short of exceptional. I've been fortunate to work with dedicated, attentive teams who are always ready to train and support students, which is one of INRS's strong points.”


Sandra Imbeault (Ph.D. Water sciences, 2005)
Certified chemist and microbiologist,
Service de la gestion de l’eau, Division Laboratoires, Ville de Laval

Sandra Imbeault

“The INRS is a great family. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve worked with, and I hope to have the pleasure of brainstorming together again in the future.”

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Antonin Labossière (M. Sc. in urban studies, 2012)
Partner at Rayside Labossière

Antonin Labossière

“For me, the contribution to the city goes far beyond the built environment. It’s in the way people live and occupy space that’s interesting. There are so many other ways to read a city, not just through architectural heritage, but through a more complete understanding of its cultural particularities, identity and social dynamics.”


Marie-Odile Melançon (M. Sc. in urban studies, 2019)
Division Manager - Service de la Culture, Ville de Montréal

Marie-Odile Melançon

“INRS is a small university in terms of size, but it has a global outlook and that is a strength. The rigour of the analysis of research work is something that I was able to really develop at the UCS centre, as well as the issues linked to the field of culture.”


Oussama Moutanabbir (Ph.D. Energy and materials sciences, 2005)
Full Professor, Department of physics engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

Oussama Moutanabbir

“My journey at INRS has taught me to distance myself from fashionable subjects and focus instead on my ability to provide answers to fundamental questions, to make a contribution that has an impact on society.”

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Claudie Noël (M.Sc. in experimental health sciences, 2016)
Senior Director, Operations, Montréal InVivo

Claudie Noël

“You have to dare, explore, make yourself known, seize opportunities and take your place. There is no perfect path. But you have to persevere and learn constantly, while having fun.”

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Silvana Jananji (M. Sc. (2004) in Virology and Immunology)
In vitro Pharmacology Scientist, Ventus Therapeutics

Silvana Jananji

“Problem solving, communication and scientific outreach skills are qualities I was able to develop during my time at INRS and have been essential to my development as a scientist.”


Rimeh Daghrir (M.Sc. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in water sciences)
Applied sciences research advisor, Université de Montréal

Rimeh Daghrir

“My time at INRS has taught me the importance of having a collaborative spirit, not only in research, but in any project. To evolve, succeed and innovate, you have to involve others.”

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Vincent Laderriere (PhD in water sciences, 2022)
Researcher in soil ecology, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Vincent Laderriere

“You have to take advantage of what I call the right to wander. Studying is an opportunity. Even more so in an environment like INRS where many scientific disciplines come together.”


Yassine Ouarda (M. Sc. 2014 and PhD in water sciences, 2020)
Project Leader in water treatment , Enviro-Experts

Yassine Ouarda

“If I had to offer one piece of advice to current and future students, it would be to develop and maintain a good network of contacts. It is essential to nurture good relationships with your colleagues and share your experiences with others. It’s an invaluable resource especially in preparation for a scientific career.”


Philippe Rivet (M.Sc. in urban studies, 2004)
Team Leader, social development and monitoring, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal


“Research, which sheds light on both the good and the not-so-good, is essential to the development of our cities, and INRS is relevant in preparing high-level, interdisciplinary researchers ready to face these major societal challenges.”


Gervais N. Kamga (PhD, Telecommunications, 2018)
Founder and CEO, Move to Top


“The Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications research centre offers a stimulating and encouraging environment. It has allowed me to excel. I have made a lot of progress on all levels. Not only in terms of academic development, but also on a personal, professional and entrepreneurial level.”


Marilyne Labrie (PhD, Virology and immunology, 2016)
Assistant Professor, Université de Sherbrooke


“I was quickly charmed by the Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnology research center, an ideal place for me because of its human size, friendly energy and collaborative work, as well as the support of the technicians working on the research platforms.”


Carolina Sanabria Solano (M.Sc. 2012 and PhD in virology and immunology, 2016)
Plant Science Manager, Lufa Farms

Carolina_Sanabria Solano

“It is because of what I learned at INRS that I became the scientist I am today.”


Frédéric Bouchard (PhD, Earth sciences, 2013)
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Geomatics, Université de Sherbrooke

Frédéric Bouchard

“INRS has great advantages: a good scientific and human experience and access at all times to ultra-modern laboratories equipped with all the equipment needed to perform analyses in an efficient and automated manner.”


Alix Bukkfalvi-Cadotte (M.Sc., Knowledge transfer and mobilization, 2021)
Doctoral student in Medical and Health Care Studies at Swansea University, UK 


“It is essential to have access to scholarships and bursaries when deciding to undertake graduate studies. Above all, it mitigates the impact of rising living costs and has a significant impact on our academic journey.”


Brahim Aïssa (PhD, Materials and energy sciences, 2010)
Senior Scientist and Associate Professor at QEERI/HBKU/Qatar Foundation


“There are no shortcuts to success. Tenacity pays off. That was the motto of my professors at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications research centre when I was there, and it’s what still inspires me today.”


Elsa Goerig (PhD, Earth sciences, 2017)
Postdoctoral research fellow, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


“My time at INRS has allowed me to acquire different skills, all of which are complementary to each other.”


Judith Mogouong (PhD, Biology, 2022)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


“Perseverance, rigour and determination are some of the qualities I was able to develop during my four years as a doctoral student at INRS.”


Ahlem Zaghmi (PhD in Energy and Materials Science, 2021)
Postdoctoral fellow, Karolinska Institute, Sweden


“The PhD is not just a research job, it is also a chance for personal development and it allows us to integrate and expand our network of contacts.”


Seda Yasa (PhD, Biology, 2022)
Postdoctoral research fellow, Neurology, Harvard Medical School


“Without adequate financial support, it is almost impossible to do research. I have been extremely fortunate to have the support of INRS through scholarships and awards. This has allowed me to focus on my research work.”


Bruno Boussicault (Master's degree in Earth sciences, 2008)
Geologist and geophysicist at ConeTec Peru S.A.C.


“The network of professionals available to us students in order to mentor and guide us in our work was excellent. I felt supported throughout my course, even when there were inherent difficulties in relation to my research.”


Valérie Guilmain (Master’s degree in research practices and public policy, 2010)
Senior socio-economic planning officer, Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications

“The INRS stands out from the big universities because students can easily work with professors who are accessible and have a large network in several sectors.”


Golara Golbaghi (PhD Biology, 2020)
Associate Scientist at Turnstone Biologics

Golara Golbaghi

“The most important lesson I learned while studying at INRS is to always think outside the box. If a project doesn’t work, there is usually a way to look at it from a new angle. Negative results can open new doors.”


Valérie Ouellet
M.Sc. (2006) and PhD (2013) in water sciences)
Diadromous Species Scientist, Fisheries team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

Valérie Ouellet

“The strength of INRS is its collegial structure. During my studies, I was able to propose ideas and be supported by both professors and administrative staff. The structure of the Institute ensures that student life and student development are at the forefront.”



Alice Gaudreau (M.Sc. Knowledge transfer and mobilization, 2020)
Junior Policy Analyst, Employment and Social Development Canada

Alice Gaudreau

“My training at INRS allowed me to understand the importance of research in society and to be able to apply it in different practice settings, including government and community settings.”


Hamza Loucif (PhD Virology and immunology, 2022)
Postdoctoral researcher, virology and immunology, McGill University

Hamza Loucif

“My studies at INRS have had a positive impact on my career path. I met inspiring professors who were passionate about research. It was a real springboard in my career.”


Arnaud Alriq (M.Sc. Urban studies, 2002)
Development Officer, Urbanis

Arnaud Alriq

“INRS taught me to develop an analytical mindset and to structure ideas through a well-defined upstream research framework.”



Elyas Aissia (M.Sc. Water sciences, 2021)
Science Communicator at LaSciencedAbord and Administrator at Science pour tous  

Elyas Aissa

“INRS helped me learn how to communicate about science in a more effective and intelligible manner according to the target audience. The training I received at INRS goes beyond the lab.”»



Lan Huong Tran (PhD, Water Science, 2009)
Research Associate, INRS

Lan Huong Tran

“My studies at INRS prepared me well for a career in scientific research. INRS is where I learned to work autonomously and effectively to bridge research and its applications.”



Achref Methenni (PhD, Telecommunications, 2018)
Wireless technical support consultant, Rogers Communications

Achref Methenni

“My research experience at INRS allowed me to fully express my creativity, a strength that helps me move forward in all my projects, bringing innovative ideas and a different perspective to the table.”



Marie-Lise Tremblay (PhD Energy and Materials science, 2011)
Researcher and Project Manager at Hydro-Québec

Marie-Lise Tremblay

“INRS enabled me to build bridges between scientific research and industry, and to accomplish concrete goals using science to help resolve issues.”



Jean-François Montreuil (PhD Earth sciences, 2016)
VP-Exploration for Red Pine Exploration and Chief geologist, MacDonald Mines Exploration

Jean-François Montreuil, cône de choc

“I appreciated the applied dimension of my PhD research at INRS, which helped focus decisions on exploring new mineral resources and revaluating old mining sites.”



Lalit Kumar (PhD, Water sciences, 2020)
Postdoctoral fellow, INRS

“I chose INRS for my studies because it has world-research facilities for carrying out research workIt really helped me to learn and grow as a researcher.”



Guillaume Nielsen (M.Sc. Earth sciences, 2012, et PhD Earth sciences, 2018)
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Northern Titulaire Mine Remediation, Yukon University

He says he “cherishes” his “very professionalizing” experience at INRS. He continues to benefit from the personal and professional network he developed here.



Christelle Paré (PhD Urban studies, 2016)
Independent researcher and teacher at École nationale de l

She believes that her ability to take a global perspective on the humour industry comes from her training at INRS, where she was taught the importance of a good conceptual framework.


Jonathan Denis-Jacob (M.Sc. Urban Studies, 2011)
Director and Head of Advisory services, Colliers International

To him, studying at INRS is the equivalent of “having a full-time research job.” The many opportunities for collaboration in research projects with different agencies, the federal government, or the city of Montréal in parallel with his thesis project, provided “the best preparation” possible for the job market.


Samuel Vézina (PhD Demographics, 2019)
Analyst, Statistics Canada

Samuel found at INRS “a specialization that uses advanced technology to effect positive change, not only in demographics, but also in sociology, economy, and public health.”



Daria Riabinina (PhD in energy and materials sciences, 2007)
Director, Technology Transfer, ‎Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec

“INRS is a unique research and teaching environment that values excellence and diversity. For me, this award is a great recognition of an unconventional career that demonstrates the importance of developing transversal skills and their impact on professional success.”



Sara Magdouli (PhD Water sciences, 2017)
Contaminated Effluent and Process Water Laboratory Coordinator, Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI)
Associate Professor, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

At INRS, Sara found "a scientific community that valued versatility, multidisciplinarity and the application of knowledge," three qualities that she views as assets in her career.



Bochra Manaï (PhD urban studies, 2015)
Commissioner, Bureau de lutte contre le racisme et les discriminations systémiques, Ville de Montréal

Preoccupied by the issues of racism and inclusion, Manaï likes “to use knowledge to transform. Society may advance with science, but knowledge must be accessible to everyone.”



Barbara Augustin (M.Sc. Applied Microbiology, 2006)
Instructor, Cégep de Saint-Laurent

She believes that the outstanding support she got at INRS left her with an excellent foundation of knowledge—knowledge she now shares with others on a daily basis. This solid base gave her the confidence she needed to undertake a teaching career.

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Marie-Pierre Ippersiel (PhD Urban Studies, 2004) 
President and Chief Executive Officer, PRIMA Québec

“To me, the fact that INRS eschews traditional university departments and faculties is an advantage that lets it move forward, guided by its research themes.”



Carole-Anne Gillis (PhD Water Science, 2017)
Research Director, Gespe'gewaq Mi'gmaq Resource Council

When she arrived at INRS in 2009, she says she was “open to different work experiences, internships, and training opportunities.” She encourages students to seize these opportunities for professional development. 



Étienne Lyrette (M.Sc. in Urban Studies, 2003, and PhD in Urban Studies, 2010)
Chief of staff to the president and CEO, STM

“It’s a place with so many opportunities. I always had plenty of options at every stage of my journey at INRS. I was active in various research groups, with many unrelated to my doctoral theses.”


Anne-Pascale Richardson (PhD Biology, 2009) 
Program Manager, AquaHacking

“... It’s something that has continued to serve me as I’ve developed and grown in a variety of work environments. It allows you to think outside the box, innovate in your field, and help others progress in their own fields.”



Étienne Richer (PhD Virology and Immunology, 2005)
Associate Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG)

Photo © Christian Fleury

He feels that all the opportunities to network and get engaged in the INRS community prepared him well for his professional career. 



Guillaume Côté (M.Sc. Urban Studies, 2002 and PhD Urban Studies, 2007)
Principal Strategy Manager, Collins Aerospace

“You need to have drive. Pursuing a master’s degree or PhD is something you only do once. You have to enjoy what you do to be able to stick with it.”



Guillaume A. Girard (M.Sc. Energy and Materials Science, 2005)
Senior Systems Engineer, ABB Inc.

“In research, you have to learn to persevere”. It’s important to be open to criticism, he adds, and that can sometimes take a healthy dose of humility and self reflection.



Sébastien Fecteau (M. Sc. Water Sciences, 2006) 
Vice President Power National, WSP

“[My studies at INRS enabled me to] make a career change and land the Genivar internship that led me to my current job” .



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