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 full Professeur (Titulaire) 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
ADELAÏDE ALLAIS, Graduate student
Adélaïde is originally from Normandie, northwest France. She recently graduated from François Rabelais University in Tours, where she specialized with a MSc in Reproductive Biology. After an internship on female rat reprotoxicology with Dr. Severine Mazaud-Guittot at IRSET in Rennes (Jégou Laboratory, Brittany, France), she moved to Canada to complete her Master’s degree at McGill University in the Robaire Laboratory to understand the effects of in utero and lactational exposure to brominated flame retardants on the rat ovarian function. She started her PhD in the fall of 2017 in the Fitzharris Laboratory, where she studies chromosome segregation mechanisms and aneuploidy at the egg to embryo transition.
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.
ALEKSANDAR MIHAJLOVIC, Postdoctoral Fellow
Aleksandar is from Novi Sad, Serbia. He obtained both his BSc. and MSc. degrees at the University of Novi Sad. In March 2017, he completed his PhD in molecular and cellular biology and genetics at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. Throughout his PhD, Aleksandar was investigating the first two cell-fate decisions during the preimplantation mouse embryo development in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander W. Bruce. He joined the laboratory of Dr. Greg FitzHarris in January 2018, where the main focus of his research will be on investigating the microtubule dynamics during meiotic spindle assembly.
FILIP VASILEV, Postdoctoral Fellow
Filip is from Skopje, Macedonia. He obtained his MSc degree in genetics at the Kazan Federal University (Kazan, Russia) and completed his PhD in life and biomolecular sciences at the Open University of London/Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (Naples, Italy). Before arriving in Montreal Filip had been working as a postdoc in Dr. Luigia Santella’s laboratory studying the molecular mechanisms of the intracellular Ca2+ increase during fertilization in starfish and sea urchin eggs. He joined the laboratory in the fall 2018 and his project will be to investigate the molecular controls of cytokinesis in mouse embryos.
LIN YIN, Graduate student
Lin is from Henan, China. She obtained her BSc at the Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University, where she majored in animal science. After graduating, she chose to take successive postgraduate and doctoral programs in the same university and developed research on animal genetics, breeding and reproduction. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Greg FitzHarris for an exchange China/Canada in September 2019, where she explores the assembly dynamics of kinetochore in oocyte meiosis-I. Outside of the lab, Lin likes going to gym and cooking.
KAROLÍNA KRAVÁRIKOVÁ, Master student
Karolina is from Bratislava, Slovakia. She completed her Bc and Bsc in the field of bioinformatics at the university of South Bohemia, Czech republic and the university of Linz, Austria. During her undergraduate she developed a research in the laboratory of early mammalian developmental biology where her main focus was to identify and characterise novel transcripts in mouse oocytes and preimplantation embryos. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Greg Fitzharris in 2021 to pursue her MSc in Molecular biology where she studies oocyte chromosome segregation defects in mice and their transcriptomic fingerprint.
HENRY BRENNAN-CRADDOCK, Master student
Henry is from Dorset, England and completed his BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Cardiff University, Wales. In the final year of his undergraduate degree he carried out a research project with Dr. Karl Swann investigating the effect of a high lipid environment on oocyte calcium storage. He joined the laboratory of Dr. Greg Fitzharris in April 2021 to pursue a masters in molecular biology studying the spatiotemporal control of cytokinesis in the early mammalian embryo.
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, 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 the lab manager.