Welcome to the Surette Laboratory web site which doubles as the site for the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Biosciences. Dr. Surette is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Université de Moncton and is the holder of the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Biosciences.
Our research interests revolve around understanding the control of the cellular distribution and metabolism of unsaturated fatty acids and lipid mediators of inflammation. We are, therefore, interested in the expression and activation of several genes and/or proteins involved in these processes, as well as measuring relevant metabolites. In addition to fundamental discovery projects, our research program also involves applied research projects that include the development and testing of new anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical agents, and the preclinical and clinical investigation of sustainable sources of omega-3 fatty acids from agriculture.
Our laboratory recently (Sept 2019) moved to the newly-constructed New Brunswick Centre for Precision Medicine located at the Dr Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The Research Centre has dedicated clinical research space, biomedical research laboratories, incubator space and an animal facility. Our laboratory also has access to core facilities in Mass Spectrometry, Sequencing (including an Illumina NovaSeq 6000), Flow Cytometry and Confocal Microscopy.
For prospective students and post-doctoral fellows, the Université de Moncton has an enrollment of approximately 5000 students and is a French language University; therefore, graduate students require a working knowledge of French. However, since we are in a very bilingual city, prospective post-doctoral fellows can easily function in the lab and the community at large with minimal or no knowledge of the French language. The population of the city of Moncton and surrounding area is approximately 130,000 and offers and excellent quality of life with 3 National Parks within a 2-hour drive.