Paule-Marjolaine Bodson-Clermont holds a Master of Statistics from the Université de Montréal, where she completed a thesis jointly with Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute (IRHQ), in which she implemented mixture model and hierarchical clustering to predict the cavitation erosion of hydraulic turbines. She has since worked in several biomedical areas, including cardiology, epidemiology, psychology, radiology and neurology. She is particularly interested in the challenges of diagnostic test development and in prediction modelling applications and has developed expertise in the design of randomized clinical trials.
Data scientist, data integration specialist
Rima Bouchakri earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science specializing in data engineering and problem solving from the École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique (ENSMA) in France, under a joint supervision arrangement with the École nationale Supérieure d’Informatique (ESI) in Algeria. She collaborates with CITADEL’s scientific team for the development of data mining and extraction approaches using hospital systems, as well as the application of new technologies and machine and deep learning methods for medical health research projects.
Co-founder of CITADEL
Kip Brown earned a Master of Public Affairs with a major in health and social policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. With more than ten years of experience as a healthcare consultant, Kip specializes in data extraction, management and analysis. Most of his work has involved the analysis of healthcare data in real situations. At CITADEL, he also specializes in shifting from ad hoc data analyses to systematic, structured and reproducible processes. Kip is also interested in causal inference and natural language processing.
Marie-Eve Cantin has been CITADEL’s coordinator since June 2019. Her academic background includes studies in law at the Université de Sherbrooke, economics at the Université de Montréal and finance at HEC Montréal and she previously worked as research coordinator at the CHUM’s intensive care unit. As the contact person for the facility, she takes care of administrative and procedural matters, quotes and following up on files, among other things.
Intensivist and regular CRCHUM researcher, Founder and scientific director of CITADEL
Michaël Chassé is a doctor specializing in intensive care at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), a regular researcher at the CHUM Research Centre and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal. He holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Ottawa.
His research work deals mainly with improving traditional epidemiological research methods by using new technologies such as automatic learning and innovative clinical trials, particularly in areas related to intensive care such as organ donations, organ transplants, and blood transfusions.
Executive assistant, Innovation hum
Camille Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from the Université de Sherbrooke et and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Université de Montréal. Camille joined the CRCHUM in April 2017 as the coordinator of the Health Innovation and Evaluation Hub. There, she participated in revitalizing the scientific animation of the area and contributed to the development of the methodological support service while taking part in several structuring initiatives of the research division. Camille was responsible for developing CITADEL’s management framework.
Rajeev Das holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in electrical engineering from McGill University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as well as a research associate at the École de Technologie Supérieure. His expertise is centred on artificial intelligence, computational physics, and computational electromagnetism. At CITADEL, Rajeev uses his competencies to improve the analysis and processing of health data.
Codjo Djignefa Djade holds a master’s degree in biostatistics and experimental statistics as well as a post-graduate degree in applied pharmacological research. Before taking up his position of biostatistician with CITADEL, Codjo worked as a biostatistician in the laboratory for the evaluation of quality of care for the elderly at the prestigious IRF-Mario Negri in Italy, and at the Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making Knowledge Application – VITAM. Codjo has contributed to the publication of many scientific articles and has extensive expertise in statistics, data management, database design, and epidemiology.
Alina Dyachenko holds a master’s degree in statistics from the Université de Montréal. She has experience in academia and pharmaceuticals, in advanced analytical programming and in statistical modelling. She has a strong background in statistical methodology and data management techniques. Her area of expertise includes advanced multivariate modelling, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis (Cox model with fragility, repeated time events), generalized linear model, Bayesian model selection, data clustering, regression tree, latent class analysis, meta-analysis, parametric statistical non-analysis, randomized clinical trials, methods for handling missing data, as well as development and validation of survey instruments. She also has extensive experience in the management and analysis of hospital and provincial administrative databases.
Co-founder of CITADEL
With a degree in biochemistry from Université Laval, François gained more than 9 years of experience in veterinary laboratory test development before completing his specialization in bioinformatics in 2011 at UQAM. He has since practised as a data analyst, database manager, system administrator and bioinformatician in the human and animal medicine and health informatics sectors. In particular, he developed several diagnostic tests for circovirus and porcine influenza; worked on the development of a clinical and genetic prediction model for complications of type 2 diabetes; worked as a consulting bioinformatician for the CRCHUM’s bioinformatics platform; and developed and maintained various database systems and work servers for several teams.
Specialist in image processing
Claude Kauffman holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Institut Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy, France. In addition, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Quebec, where he was a visiting professor at the École de technologie supérieure. He has been developing his research work for more than 20 years in the field of digital image processing and more specifically in the context of medical imaging. He previously worked at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal before joining the CITADEL team in 2019.
Louis Lalonde is a student in the Bachelor of Bioinformatics program at the Université de Montréal. Having previously completed a high-school diploma at Jean-de-Brébeuf College, he is passionate about innovation and creation and plans to pursue graduate studies in bioinformatics. He joined the CITADEL team in 2020, and develops support expertise for REDCap, the web-based database, CRF, and forms platform accessible to all CHUM researchers.
Data scientist, bioinformatician
François-Christophe Marois-Blanchet holds a master’s degree in biology from the Université Laval. His primary areas of interest are data science and computer science, and he has completed a specialized graduate degree (DESS) in bio-informatics at the Université du Québec à Montréal. François Marois has more than 8 years of experience at the CHUM Research Centre and Sainte-Justine Hospital. Within the CITADEL team, François acts as data analyst and assists with system administrator duties.
Access office coordinator
Marie-Noël Nadeau holds a bachelor’s degree in administration. With a background in the Government Affairs Department of the Spectra team, she has worked at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal for 13 years, including 10 years at the CRCHUM. She has also provided logistical support for several research and health science groups, including the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group as well as the Chair of Transfusion Medicine of the Université de Montréal. She acts as administrative support for CITADEL.
Roy Nitulescu holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics and a master’s degree in economics. Currently a statistician and programmer for CITADEL, he has been working in the field of quantitative sciences for over a decade. His main fields of interest are Bayesian methods and data visualization. His expertise in statistics and economics allows him to support researchers in all stages of their projects, including protocol development, data analysis, and writing and editing articles for publication.
Maryse Patenaude holds a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics and a master’s degree in genetic counselling from the Université de Montréal, as well as a graduate degree in management from HEC Montréal. She previously worked as a clinical research project coordinator and genetic counselor in various clinical and laboratory settings.
Michael Yu holds a Ph. D. in Behavioural Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon University and trained in biomedical ethics at McGill University. His early work focused on evidence-based decision making for the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Federal Communications Commission, and the US Army Research Laboratory. His recent work examines statistical analysis combined with economic, psychological, and decision analysis approaches in research projects, with a view to improving ethics review processes, evaluating ethical recruitment procedures and assessing informed consent in medical research.