3rd prize: Julie-Christine Lévesque, Université Laval

After obtaining a master’s degree in neuroscience from Université Laval in 2004, Julie-Christine Lévesque was hired as a research professional at the Bioimaging platform of the Infectious Disease Research Center (CRI). She was then appointed coordinator of this platform in 2009. Over the past 15 years, Julie-Christine has acquired extensive expertise in the field of optical microscopy and electronic microscopy and has been able to adapt and develop a variety of imaging protocols to assist the many research teams that use the platform’s services.

Since her arrival, she has offered more than 500 theoretical and practical training sessions to scientists of all levels and various research fields and private companies in the Québec City area, so that they can use the platform’s state-of-the-art equipment by themselves. She has also been invited to give several courses and seminars in her field of expertise.

Committed to the training of the next generation of scientists, Julie-Christine is also involved in various science promotion events such as the Chercheur-e d’un jour program, CRI’s open house days, the Salon Carrière Formation de Québec and workshops in elementary schools. She has also volunteered as a judge at regional science fairs for the past 15 years.