Stefanie F. Valbon
M.Sc. student
supported by FRQS
Current Position
Sept 2018-present M. Sc. student
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

2017-2018 Research Assistant

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Supervisor Dr. Martin J. Richer

2013-2016 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Honours project supervisor Dr. Martin J. Richer

Research Interests
My passion for research started to develop during CEGEP where I conducted a research project aiming to analyze bacterial levels in a variety of water samples. After been exposed to this first research opportunity I knew I needed to keep going in this path. I started volunteering at the Richer Lab during my second year of undergrad and continued my research during honours and now as a research assistant. My research focuses on further understanding the mechanism of memory CD8 T cell generation and re-activation. We are currently analyzing a transcription factor which seems to play a role during CD8 T cell memory generation. Furthermore, we are also investigating the mechanism of memory CD8 T cell accumulation following re-infection. Apart from science and medicine, I also love to read, dance ballet and sew dresses for kids in countries of need. Check out our website Dressing With Love. I also started a new blog aimed at sharing our knowledge about the immune system using easy and accessible language. Check out the website here ImmunoThoughts twitter @ImmunoThoughts
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, SF Valbon and MJ Richer. Running interference: Interplay between Zika virus and the host interferon response. Cytokine 2019: 119: 7-15. PMID: 30856603. Review.
Valbon, SF#, SA Condotta# and MJ Richer. Regulation of effector and memory CD8 T cell function by inflammatory cytokines. Cytokine 2016: 82: 16-23. PMID: 26688544. #Authors contributed equally. 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)

Updated: July 23, 2020