Team Routy

Jean-Pierre Routy
Principal Investigator
Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy, M.D., is an attending physician in the Chronic Viral Illness Service and Division of Hematology at the McGill University Health Centre. He is Professor in Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Routy received his medical degree and completed his residency in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at the University of Aix-Marseille (France). Today, his main focus is on understanding HIV-1 pathogenesis and restoring the immune system of individuals infected with HIV-1. He is also the principal investigator of a national cohort of patients recently infected with HIV, and the Canadian Trial Network co-director of the Immunotherapy and vaccine with the overarching goal to find a cure for HIV
Vikram Mehraj
Post-doctoral Fellow
Vikram Mehraj, Ph.D. completed his doctoral studies in 2013 under supervision of Professor Jean-Louis Mège at the Research Unit in Infectious and Tropical Emergent Diseases, faculty of medicine, Marseille, France. His research focused on interactions between myeloid cells and intracellular pathogens including biomarkers of Q fever pathogenesis. He is working in Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy's team as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His work implies an understanding of the mechanisms of innate immune activation in primary and chronic HIV infection. In particular, he is keen to explore the myeloid-lymphoid interactions during different phases of HIV infection.
Danica Albert
Research Assistant
Danica has been passionate about immunology ever since she can remember, starting her work at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s Research Institute in 2002, with a small group working on HIV vaccines. Since then, she has been involved with multidisciplinary research teams at McGill, and the MUHC-RI in the fields of immunology, and the genetics underlying the host’s response to virus. She recently joined Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy’s team as her first job in Clinical Research, which she enjoys very much since she can now make a direct impact on patients quality of life. She is assisting post-doctoral Fellows in Dr. Routy’s lab, carrying on experiments, and analysis of samples from the CVIS databank, which is a rich resource of information that could one day answer the biggest questions in HIV treatments. She enjoys science, video games, reading, and, most certainly, the outdoors.
Rosalie Ponte
Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. Rosalie Ponte received her Ph.D in Immunology from Paris Descartes University of Medicine in 2014. She completed her training at the Cochin Institute, where she studied mucosal immunology during acute SIV infection. She joined Dr. Routy’s research team as a Post-doctoral Fellow to identify immune mechanisms of HIV persistence in treated persons. She is actively involved in fund raising for the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health (IDIGH) program of the Research Institute. During her personal time, Rosalie enjoys snowboarding and of course visiting Quebec!
Josee Girouard
Senior Research Nurse
Josee is a Senior Research Nurse who has over 25 years of experience. She studied at Valleyfield College and worked 17 years in the emergency department. Josee also has over ten years of experience in the research field. She joined Dr Routy’s team and is the principal coordinator for leukapheresis collections. She assists in recruiting participants, participant consents, meeting the donors and explaining the research study and procedure. She also has a role of assisting Dr Ghali in the procedure of research colonoscopies. In her spare time Josee enjoys running and cycling and training for marathons.
Angie Massicotte
Administrative Assistant
Administrative assistant since 2011 and has the important role in coordinating clinical and laboratory research in order to rapidly translate laboratory findings into innovative clinical trials.