Jeanne Sauvé Foundation
Josephine Nalbantoglu joined the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in September 2015. She became Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of McGill University on July 1st, 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Director of the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, which has over 350 students and 190 supervisors.
Dr. Nalbantoglu is a member of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery with affiliations to the Montreal Neurological Institute (the Neuro). She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from McGill in 1984 and returned as a faculty member in 1990 after pursuing research in Montreal, London and Saitama, Japan. A prolific and widely respected researcher and recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Nalbantoglu has published extensively in leading academic journals and has spoken at academic conferences around the world.
The major focus of her laboratory at the Neuro has been the study of normal and aberrant gene expression in the nervous system. Dr. Nalbantoglu’s team is working to understand the molecular basis of neuropathology as observed in neurodegenerative diseases, as well as to develop therapeutic approaches for muscular dystrophy and brain tumours. Dr. Nalbantoglu also understands the importance of reaching out to the community around the University to share knowledge and understanding. In 2011, she founded a science outreach program called BrainReach/Mission Cerveau that educates young students (in Grades 4 and 9) from economically challenged neighbourhoods in Montreal.