Director: McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity

Dr. Behr is Professor of Medicine at McGill University and a Founding Director of the McGill International Tuberculosis (TB) Centre. Based at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), he is Chief of Infectious Diseases. His training includes a BSc (Biochemistry) from the University of Toronto, an MD from Queen’s University, Residency training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at McGill, an MSc (Epidemiology) from McGill, and post-doctoral studies in Molecular Epidemiology and Bacterial Genomics at Stanford University.

Dr. Behr’s research uses genetic tools to study the epidemiology and pathogenesis of diseases caused by mycobacteria, including tuberculosis (caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (which cause chronic infections in patients with lung disease). His work is funded by an Operating Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Tier I Canada Research Chair. He is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Royal Society of Canada.

Marie Hudson, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Co-Director (Immunity): McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity

Dr. Hudson is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the Jewish General Hospital and Lady Davis Institute, and an Associate professor and Member of the Division of Experimental Medicine in the Department of Medicine at McGill. She was previously Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Lady Davis Institute.

Dr. Hudson pursues research in systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases, in particular systemic sclerosis and autoimmune myositis. She has specific interests in epigenetic signatures of and cellular therapies for these diseases. Most recently, she has developed an interest in immune-related adverse events (irAE) secondary to cancer immunotherapies as a “human” model for classical autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Hudson’s research has been funded by numerous granting organizations including CIHR, FRQS, and The Arthritis Society. She has published over 200 full-length peer-reviewed papers. She has supervised research trainees at all levels and her students have excellent track records in terms of securing funding, presenting their results at local and national scientific meetings and publishing. She is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian Rheumatology Association New Investigator Award, the 2016 Jeffrey Shiroky Prize and the 2017 Merit Award from the Association des Médecins Rhumatologues du Québec.

Founding Director


Founding Director: McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity

Dr. Sheppard is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University. He leads the Medical Mycology laboratory and practices clinical infectious diseases at the McGill University Health Centre. His primary clinical area of interest is human fungal disease, particularly invasive aspergillosis in the immunocompromised host.

Dr. Sheppard’s research interests focus on elucidating the mechanisms by which fungal and bacterial pathogens form biofilms, and the development of novel therapies that disrupt biofilms to enhance the activity of antimicrobial agents. His laboratory is funded by research operating grants from the US National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada. He has published over 100 research papers and book chapters and has delivered over 150 invited lectures worldwide. Dr. Sheppard has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Clinician-Scientist award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and a Research Chair from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé. He is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Academy of Microbiology.

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