Ryan D. Pardy
Ph.D. candidate
supported by a CGS-D from CIHR
Current Position
Sept 2015-present Ph.D. candidate
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

2011-2015 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Research Interests
During my undergraduate degree at Queen's, I was fascinated by what we learned about viruses. One example that has really stuck with me is the symbiotic relationship between polydnavirus and parasitoid wasps. However, the idea that something so small and basic could cause such severe and systemic effects in humans is something that has driven both my choice to join the Richer lab as well as my own research. My project focuses on studying the immune response to Zika virus, with a particular emphasis on how different virus isolates modulate the host CD8 T cell response to infection. Outside of the lab, I referee minor hockey, which I started in 2007, and enjoy reading, watching TV (Community, Brooklyn 99, Game of Thrones) and spending time with family!

Condotta, SA, J Downey, RD Pardy, SF Valbon, E Tarrab, A Lamarre, M Divangahi and MJ Richer. Cyclophilin D regulates antiviral CD8+ T cell survival in a cell extrinsic manner. ImmunoHorizons 2020: 4(4): 217-230. PMID: 32332052.

Pardy, RD and MJ Richer. Zika Virus Pathogenesis: From Early Case Reports to Epidemics. Viruses 2019: 11(10): pii: E886. PMID: 31546589. Review.

Pardy, RD and MJ Richer. Protective to a T: The role of T cells during Zika virus infection. Cells 2019: 8(8): 820. PMID: 31382545. Review.

Pardy, RD, SF Valbon and MJ Richer. Running interference: Interplay between Zika virus and the host interferon response. Cytokine 2019: 119: 7-15. PMID: 30856603. Review.

Pardy, RD, MM Rajah, SA Condotta, NG Taylor, SM Sagan and MJ Richer. Analysis of the T cell response to Zika virus and identification of a novel CD8 T cell epitope in immunocompetent mice. PLOS Pathogens 2017: 13(2): e1006184. PMID: 28231312.


Highlighted on EurekAlert:


Rajah, MM, RD Pardy, SA Condotta, MJ Richer and SM Sagan. Zika Virus: Emergence, Phylogenetics, Challenges and Opportunities. ACS Infectious Diseases 2016: 2(11): 763-772. PMID: 27704772. Review.

Martin J. Richer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, McGill University
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Member, Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre 
McIntyre Medical Building - Room 712
3655 promenade Sir William Osler
Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y6 
T 514-398-4400 Office Ext.: 00538, Lab Ext.: 04510

E-mail: martin.j.richer(at)mcgill.ca

Updated: July 23, 2020