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Vince Forgetta


Ph. D. Candidate, Dept. of Human Genetics, McGill University. Supervisor: Ken Dewar, PhD (2006-2012).

+ Thesis: Closing the Gap Between Genome Analysis and the Biologist. 

+ Microsoft Research Summer Intern, Redmond, WA. Mentor: Simon Mercer, PhD (June-Sept. 2010).

+ Graduate Option in Bioinformatics, McGill Centre for Bioinformatics (2006-2008).

M. Sc., Dept. of Human Genetics, McGill University.  Supervisor: Danielle Malo, PhD (1999-2002).

+ Thesis: Systematic search for Salmonella-susceptibility quantitative trait loci in the chicken using a whole genome scan approach.

B. Sc., Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University (1996-1999).



Bioinformatician, McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre. Supervisor: Ken Dewar, Ph. D. (2002-2006).



Teaching Assistant for the Bioinformatics Project section of the MIMM-386 course (Fall 2008-Winter 2010).

Teaching Assistant for the Applied Computational Genomics Course (August 25-31, 2009).

UCSC Genome Browser Tutorial for the Sequencing Group at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre (March 11, 2011).

UNIX and Primer Design Tutorial for the Sequencing Group at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre (May 17, 2012).



Peer review for the journal Bioinformatics (2010-present).

Bioinformatics analysis for MultiGEN diagnostics (July 2009).



Forgetta V, Rempel H, Malouin F, Vaillancourt R, Topp E, Dewar K, Diarra MS (2012). Pathogenic and Multidrug Resistant Escherichia fergusonii from Broiler Chicken.  Poultry Science. 91(2):512-525 .

Forgetta V, Oughton MT, Marquis P, Brukner I, Blanchette R, Haub K, Magrini V, Mardis ER, Gerding DN, Loo VG, Miller MA, Mulvey MR, Rupnik M, Dascal A, Dewar K (2011). Fourteen-Genome Comparison Identifies DNA Markers for Severe-Disease-Associated Strains of Clostridium difficile. J. Clin. Microbiol., 49, 6:2230-8.

Barreau G, Montpetit A, Forgetta V, Leveque G, Attiya S, Dias J, Swiatek M and Dewar K (2011). Accurate genome assembly using long insert libraries and next-generation sequencing technology. Genome Quebec Technical Application Note.   

Laboissière S, Forgetta V, Blanchette R, Kiazhev L, Roy L, Boismenu D, Hamel D, Dascal A, and Dewar K. (2009) Mass spectrometry based approach for gene annotation of bacterial genomes – a case study on cell-wall surface proteins from C. difficile. Genome Quebec Technical Application Note.

Lerner-Ellis JP, Tirone JC, Pawelek PD, Doré C, Atkinson JL, Watkins D, Morel CF, Fujiwara TM, Moras E, Hosack AR, Dunbar GV, Antonicka H, Forgetta V, Dobson CM, Leclerc D, Gravel RA, Shoubridge EA, Coulton JW, Lepage P, Rommens JM, Morgan K, Rosenblatt DS. Identification of the gene responsible for methylmalonic aciduria and homocystinuria, cblC type. Nat Genet. 2006 Jan;38(1):93-100.

Presneau N, Dewar K, Forgetta V, Provencher D, Mes-Masson AM, Tonin PN. Loss of heterozygosity and transcriptome analyses of a 1.2 Mb candidate ovarian cancer tumor suppressor locus region at 17q25.1-q25.2. Mol Carcinog. 2005 Jul;43(3):141-54. PubMed PMID: 15937959.

Rosel PE, Forgetta V, Dewar K. Isolation and characterization of twelve polymorphic microsatellite markers in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Molecular Ecology Notes.   2005 Dec; 5(4):830-833

Leveque G, Forgetta V, Morroll S, Smith AL, Bumstead N, Barrow P, Loredo-Osti JC, Morgan K, Malo D. Allelic variation in TLR4 is linked to susceptibility to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection in chickens. Infect Immun. 2003 Mar;71(3):1116-24. PubMed PMID: 12595422; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC148888.



CIHR Doctoral Research Award, 2007-2010.

Department of Human Genetics Excellence Award, 2012.