Renowned gene researcher lured to McGill receives $5-million budget

February 15, 2011

After pioneering work in Britain, France, and Japan, Canadian Mark Lathrop -- one of the world's leading genomics researchers -- is returning home to lead the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre. The president and CEO of Génome Québec describes the hiring as a "vote of confidence" and an "endorsement of the quality of genomics research" being done in Canada. McGill's dean of medicine says the recruitment of a star genomics researcher such as Lathrop "represents not only a gain for us, but also for Quebec and Canadian science and industry." Lathrop's appointment includes a $5-million budget, funding that can be used to attract other researchers. The money comes from the $30 million the Quebec government provides to Génome Québec as part of the provincial innovation strategy. Quebec News Release (in French) | McGill News Release | Globe and Mail