Michelle Gervais
BSc, PhD
Completed PhD 2008
I did my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Michael Ohh, where I was a Terry Fox Foundation scholar and an NSERC scholar. My PhD thesis focused on the role of the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor protein in cellular adhesion. After completing my graduate studies in 2008, I was recruited to Deloitte’s Corporate Strategy practice as a management consultant. Recently, I joined Janssen as a Marketing Manager where I develop and implement marketing strategy and tactics to enhance patient care and drive growth for a biologic medication used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. I chose to do my PhD in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology because of the high quality research and training opportunity offered. While my thesis focused on the molecular mechanisms that underlie kidney cancer, I was drawn to the wide variety of research done in the department and the high caliber of staff and students. Under the direction of my PhD supervisor and thesis committee, and through my interaction with the LMP professors in graduate classes and as a teaching assistant, the faculty challenged me to think critically about my work and cultivate my analytical skills. Although I decided not to continue in research, these skills were directly transferable to my next job as a consultant. Albeit a different subject matter, I genuinely feel the problem solving skills I honed in my graduate studies have significantly contributed to my career success.
Current Position: 
Marketing Manager, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.