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Isabelle Plante, Ph. D.


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Isabelle Plante, Ph. D.
Isabelle Plante, Ph. D. Professor, Environmental Toxicology INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre


Since the beginning of her career in research, Dr. Plant focused her efforts on trying to understand how our environment influences the appearance and progression of cancer. The number of substances to which we are being exposed has exploded with the industrial era and the ensuing age of mass consumption. Concurrently, the number of women being affected by cancer has also grown. Among other things, Dr. Plant’s studies seek to determine if there is a link between exposure to these substances and breast cancer. With her team, she is trying to understand how these tumours progress and to develop models that make it possible to reconstruct the breast structure in a laboratory setting in order to better study the changes occurring when a tumour develops.

Why Choosing Breast Cancer?

As a woman, Dr. Plant believes we cannot help but be concerned about breast cancer. She knows several women personally who were affected by this scourge. She states that women always ask themselves these same questions: Why me? How did I get this disease? What have I done to deserve this? Will I make it? She decided to study breast cancer both to answer these questions and to ensure there will be no need for women to ask them in the future.

She is therefore studying breast cancer because she lives in a world where the environment influences our health and, as a woman, she fears breast cancer for herself, for other women, and for her daughters.

Field(s) of Research

  • All
  • Cancer biology
  • Etiology (causes)
  • The development of scientific models



2009-2011 – Postdoctoral fellowship, IRSC-CIHR

2009-2010 – Postdoctoral fellowship, FRQS

2007-2009 – Postdoctoral fellowship, FRQS

2006-2007 – Postdoctoral fellowship, CIHR-Strategic Training Program in Cancer Research and Technology Transfer

2004-2005 – Doctoral fellowship, Fondation Armand-Frappier

2002-2004 – Doctoral fellowship, NSERC

2002-2004 – Doctoral fellowship (declined), Program of Research in Environmental Etiology of Cancer-CIHR

2001-2002 – Doctoral fellowship, Fondation Armand-Frappier

2000-2001 – Master’s scholarship, Fondation Armand-Frappier


2015-2019 – FRQS Junior 1, Career bursary

2011 – CCSRI Junior Investigator Grant Panel Travel Award, CCSRI, Toronto, ON

2008 – Best Display Communication, 15th Murray Barr Research Day, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, The University of Western Ontario, October 30, 2008, London, Ontario

2008 – Display Communication Award, Reasons for Hope 2008 Scientific Conference, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, April 24-27, 2008, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007 – Best Display Communication, The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, June 22, 2007, London, Ontario

2007 – CIHR-STP & the Department of Oncology. Oncology Research and Education Day, 4th Annual Meeting, June 22, 2007

2007 – Finalist, Governor General’s Medal for best doctoral thesis, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Convocation

2005 – Travel Award, American Society for Cell Biology, 45th Annual Meeting, December 10 to 14, 2005, San Francisco, CA

2005 – Third Place, Best Display Communication, Molecular Biology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 44th Annual Meeting, March 6 to 10, 2005, New Orleans, LA

2005 – Honourable Mention, Best Display Communication, Carcinogenesis Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 44th Annual Meeting, March 6 to 10, 2005, New Orleans, LA

2004 – Finalist Hans Selye Award, Club de Recherches Cliniques du Québec, 46th Annual Meeting, September 23 and 24, 2004, Beaupré, QC

2003 – Third place, Best Display Communication, Carcinogenesis Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 42nd Annual Meeting, March 9 to 13, 2003, Salt Lake City, UT

2003 – Travel Award, Society of Toxicology, 42nd Annual Meeting, March 9 to 13, 2003, Salt Lake City, UT

2002 – Finalist, Governor General’s Medal for best master’s thesis, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Convocation 2002

2002 – Cantox Award, Best Display Communication, Society of Toxicology of Canada, 35th Annual Meeting, December 5 and 6, 2002, Montréal, QC

2001 – Honourable Mention, Cantox Award, Society of Toxicology of Canada, 34th Annual Meeting, December 6 and 7, 2001, Montréal, QC

2000 – Best Display Communication, Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, Research Symposium, March 27 and 28, 2000, Ottawa, ON

Projects Funded by the Foundation

2012 – Cell-cell interactions in breast cancer