Patrick Provost

Dr. Patrick Provost

PhD Biomedical Sciences


A biochemist by training (UQAM, 1989), and having developed expertise in molecular and cellular biology (U. de Montréal 1996 and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2001), Dr. Patrick Provost is Full Professor in the Department of Microbiology-Infectiology and immunology from the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval, and researcher at the Center de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval since 2001. To date, the turning point of his career has been his discovery, in 2002, of the ribonuclease Dicer in humans. This enzyme catalyzes the formation of microRNAs (19 to 24 nucleotides long), which are now recognized as key regulators of the expression of ~60% of genes in humans.

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