Cellular interactions during mammary gland development

  • Master
  • Doctorate
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • With scholarship

Project description

The development of the mammary glands is a multiphasic process that begins during embryogenesis, but takes place mainly during puberty and pregnancy. A fine hormonal orchestration leading to the proliferation and differentiation of cells is necessary in order to allow normal development of the mammary gland.

This process also requires a bidirectional crosstalk between the stroma and the epithelium, but also between the different cells composing the mammary epithelium. Our studies aim to understand the mechanisms regulating this communication during the different phases of development of the mammary gland. To do this, we use in vivo models and in vitro models, but also unique 3D in vitro models, mimicking the composition of the mammary epithelium. The analyses are performed using molecular biology techniques at the proteomic and transcriptomic level.

Research fields

  • Developmental biology
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Reproduction

Research advisor

Isabelle Plante, professor

Starting date

Fall 2020 or Winter 2021

Study program

Master’s degree in applied microbiology (French description) or doctorate in biology (French description)

Financial support

INRS offers many scholarship programs. Every student-researcher benefits from a grant during their higher education studies.


  • BSc or MSc in Biology, Molecular Biology, Reproduction, Medical Biology or similar
  • Good academic record


Armand Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre
531, boulevard des Prairies
Laval, Québec G3X 1S2

How to apply

Interested persons can submit their application to Isabelle Plante in a single PDF file by using the online form. The application must include:

  • Complete CV, an official transcript
  • Motivation letter
  • A name as well as contact information for further reference
Project Isabelle Plante - Cellular interactions during mammary gland development

Project title : Cellular interactions during mammary gland development

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Isabelle Plante
Email: isabelle.plante@iaf.inrs.ca