Philippe Gros



  • Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome


  • McGill University
Department of Biochemistry


  • Canada


PhD (Experimental Medicine), McGill University
MSc (Microbiology and Immunology), Université de Montréal
BSc (Biochemistry), Université de Montréal


Philippe Gros’ research seeks out genes, proteins and pathways in mice that relate to complex human diseases.

He focuses on infectious disease, cancer and the birth defect spina bifida, which causes underdevelopment in the spinal cord and the bones around it. He studies the genetic factors that may predispose us to disease, cause it, or result in drug resistance during treatment. Gros and his team aim to create diagnostic tools and small molecule drugs to help treat diseases, using the knowledge gained from their studies of mice and zebra fish.


McLaughlin Medal for Scientific Excellence, Royal Society of Canada, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, 2013

Killam Prize in Health Sciences, Canada Council for the Arts, 2009

Prix Wilder-Penfield, Government of Quebec, 2008

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2003

Relevant Publications

Torre, S., Faucher, S.P., Fodil, N.,…Gros, P. (2015). THEMIS is required for pathogenesis of cerebral malaria and for protection against pulmonation tuberculosis. Infection and Immunity, 82(2), 759–68. DOI: 10.1128/IAI.02586-14

Zhang, X., Bogunovic, D., Payelle-Brogard, B.,…Gros, P. (2015). Human intracellular ISG15 prevents interferon-α/β over-amplification and auto-inflammation. Nature, 517(7532), 89-93. DOI: 10.1038/nature13801

Gros, P., & Belkaid, Y. (2014). Editorial Overview: Host pathogens. Current Opinion Immunology, 29, iv–vi. DOI: 10.1016/j.coi.2014.06.008.


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