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Renée Douville

Associate Professor

Renée Douville Photo by: David Lipnowski Photography
Contact Information




  • Biology
  • Brain Dysfunction
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neuroscience
  • Virology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Endogenous retroviruses
  • Schizophrenia

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • French

Available To:

  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Dr. Renée Douville's research focus is the study of endogenous retroviruses found within the human genome. Her training includes a PhD in Immunology at the University of Manitoba, a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurology at Johns Hopkins University and a second postdoctoral fellowship in immunity against retroviruses at McGill University.

Douville's RetroFIND laboratory studies neurological conditions associated with endogenous retrovirus activity, specifically Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and schizophrenia. The goal of the lab is to understand how these viruses impact human health and identify therapeutics that prevent virus-triggered cell damage.

The lab team is composed of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as senior researchers. Experiential training is provided in human cell culture, molecular biology and confocal imaging techniques, as well as how to navigate the challenging world of biomedical research.

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