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Throughout my career, my professional interests and my personal convictions have motivated me to engage in projects that embrace interdisciplinary studies and international programs addressing human health and social justice in low- and middle-income countries. All along these professional paths, which have exposed me to many research areas, I have developed my knowledge and professional experiences within the academic world in universities, but also in the non-academic world in development agencies and humanitarian missions worldwide. Having started with studies academics in terrestrial ecology, environmental biochemistry then in aquatic environments, I did a doctorate and postdoctoral stage in paleoclimatology. Then, I began collaborating on projects on environmental and human health and I got interested in environmental crisis and epidemiology via postdoctoral experiences. While I have been interested in women’ empowerment and women's health for many years, I also began collaborating on research studies and programs on gender inequity, and violence against women and girls over the last decade. The last years I have strongly developed my knowledge and experience in the impacts on mercury exposure on environmental and human health here and elsewhere.
Today, these assembled interlocking and mosaiced pieces of interests, research projects and interventions on a jigsaw puzzle define who I am and what I am interested in. Grace of my projects, I hope I raise the voices of people who cannot speak and make us see things we could not see.
I am a joint professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, researcher at the Panzi foundation in DRCongo, an epidemiologist for Doctors without borders MSF WHO Global Emergency External Roster. As a researcher and epidemiologist, I have initiated, conducted, managed and/or evaluated interdisciplinary research projects related to human health in Africa, Australia, North & South America.