Dr. Renée Douville completed her PhD in Immunology at the University of Manitoba. After reading the novel Darwin's Radio, she developed a passion for human endogenous retroviruses, and continued her postdoctoral studies in that field at Johns Hopkins University in Neurology. Her second postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University focused on the innate immune response against human retroviruses.
Having now established her own research laboratory at the University of Winnipeg, our research program remains focused on developing an understanding of the role of human endogenous retroviruses in neurological disease. The lab team consists of both undergraduate, graduate and BSc Medicine students, as well as our confocal microscopy technician. Training for Douville team members includes weekly lab and one-on-one meetings, hands-on training in cell culture, molecular biology and microscopy, and motivational Starbucks coffee breaks.