Associate Professor, University of Montreal. Principal Investigator, CRCHUM.
Greg is originally from The Wirral in the North of England, and did his undergraduate degree at University College London (UCL; UK). He also completed his PhD at UCL in the lab of John Carroll, before undertaking a postdoc in Ottawa, Canada, with Jay Baltz. Greg moved back to UCL to start his lab in 2007. In 2014 he returned to Canada, moving the lab (and its members - see below) from the UK to the newly built CRCHUM research centre at the University of Montreal. The lab remains focussed on understanding the cell biology of the egg and early embryo, as a way of understanding female fertility. Greg is currently Professeur Agrégé in OBGYN at Université de Montréal and Chercheur Régulier at CRCHUM.
When not in the lab Greg plays football (soccer) and shops for cufflinks and flowery shirts.
Current Lab members
ANGUS MACAULAY, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Angus is from Guelph Ontario where he completed his B.Sc and M.Sc in Bio-medical sciences. While at Guelph, Angus worked for W A King studying androgen and ethanol effects on embryo development and sex ratio. He then went on to Université Laval in Quebec City for a Ph.D with Dr. C Robert. There, his research was published in biology of reproduction entitled “The Gametic Synapse”. Angus was recently awarded an NSERC post-docoral fellowship to work on motor protein function in embryos. Outside of science Angus enjoys running, and reading while sipping whisky.
JENNA HAVERFIELD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jenna is from Melbourne, Australia, Jenna completed her PhD at Monash University with Drs Sarah Meachem and Peter Stanton, working on Sertoli cells. Jenna joined Greg's lab in the UK, and then moved with the lab to CRCHUM in 2014. Jenna has a Fellowship from The Lalor Foundation to study the effect of maternal age on egg quality, with a particular focus on aneuploidy. Jenna is also a founding member of Women in Reproductive Sciences (WinRS), and is the Senior Trainee Rep of SSR. When not in the lab Jenna spends her time playing Aussie Rules (AFL) and Netball, and learning French!
LIA PAIM, Graduate student
Lia is from Porto Alegre, Brazil. She completed her BSc and MSc at the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre where she developed research on rat oocyte cryopreservation. She started her PhD at Greg FitzHarris lab in 2016 and she's trying to understand the consequences of binucleation and tetraploidy to mouse embryo development. Outside of the lab, Lia likes running, watching series and listening to good music.
CAYETANA VÁZQUEZ-DIEZ, Graduate Student
Cayetana is originally from Barcelona, Spain. She did her B.Sc at University College London, where she undertook her undergraduate research project in GF’s Lab. Now following on her undergrad project in CRCHUM as a Ph.D student at University of Montreal.
GAUDELINE RÉMILLARD-LABROSSE, Lab manager
Gaudeline did her undergraduate studies in health sciences at Université de Montréal. She completed her PhD in cell biology in the lab of Roger Lippé, where she studied intracellular transport using herpes simplex virus type I as a model. She pursued her academic path by doing a brief postdoc fellowship in Nicole Leclerc’s lab, for which she received a GRSNC grant. The main objective of the project was to study intracellular transport of proteins involved in neurodegenerative pathologies. She is now a part of Greg Fitzharris’ team as a research assistant and in her spare time she is doing bioinformatics studies on phylogeny.