Mike Hallett

Principal investigator
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Education, Employment:

  • 2022-                         Professor, Department of Biochemnistry, Western University
  • 2017-                        Adjunct Professor, McGill University
  • 2017-2022                         Professor, Department of Biology, Concordia
  • 2017-2022                         Member, Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology, Concordia
  • 2017-2022                         Member, Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, Concordia
  • 2017-2022                         Affiliate, Computer Science and Engineering, Concordia
  • 2006-2017                Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill
  • 2004-2017                Associate Member, Department of Biochemistry, McGill
  • 2009-2015                Director/PI, McGill-CIHR Training Program in Systems Biology
  • 2008-2015                Goodman Cancer Centre, McGill University, Full Member
  • 2007-2008                Visiting Scientist, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg
  • 2006-2010                Director, McGill Centre for Bioinformatics
  • 2000-2006                Interim Director, McGill Centre for Bioinformatics
  • 2000-2006                Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science
  • 1998-2000                Oberassistant ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1996-1998                Postdoc ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1996                          Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Victoria, Canada
  • 1992                          B.Sc. in Computer Science at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • 1991                          Research Assistant at Queen’s University (Graph theory)

Awards and Scholarships:

  • 2022-2027                          Western University Research Chair in Bioinformatics
  • 2018-2022                          CRC Tier 1 Algorithmic Bioinformatics
  • 2008                                   Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Germany
  • 2001                                   FCAR (Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs), Quebec


  • 2020-2025       Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of SCIEL (Single Cell Integrative Experimental Learning). A A not-for-profit cooperative that brings together quantitative and life science researchers offering support, consultancy and the development of in house technologies. The cooperative is primarily focused on the development of single cell technologies including perturb-seq fused with deep learning methodology.

Invited Lectures (SELECTED)

  • 2021 SYNERGY Fungal Meeting, Francis Crick Institute. Invited talk.
  • 2021 University of Western Ontario. Towards the development of causal models in biology: Combinatorial-Intervention-Sequencing (COIN-seq). Invited talk.
  • 2021 CHUL/Laval University. Towards the development of causal models i in biology: Combinatorial-Intervention-Sequencing (COIN-seq). Invited talk.
  • 2021 Canadian Fungal Network London. Candescence: capturing the essence of fungal morphologies. Invited talk.
  • 2020 Canadian Fungal Network, Guelph. Drug tolerance in Candida albicans: a single cell profiling approach. Invited talk. https://t.ly/uduj
  • 2020 New York University, Gridiron Institute. New York. Candida albicans exhibits distinct cytoprotective responses to anti-fungal drugs that facilitate the evolution of drug resistance.
  • 2020 19th Systems Biology Meeting, Bellairs, Barbados. Candida albicans exhibits distinct cytoprotective responses to anti-fungal drugs that facilitate the evolution of drug resistance.
  • 2018 PERFORM Centre, Montreal, Canada. Surveillance studies in breast cancer: novel approaches using single cell sequencing.
  • 2017 BIRS-CMO CMO Workshop Challenges and Synergies in the Analysis of Large- Scale Population-Based Biomedical Data, Oaxaca, Mexico. Molecular interactions between the systemic response and the primary tumor in a cohort of breast cancer patients.
  • 2017 Concordia Department of Biochemistry Seminar, Montreal, Canada. Gene set predictors in cancer to predict clinical end-points
  • 2016 Princess Margaret Hospital Seminar Series, Toronto, Canada. Absolute approaches to predicting patient subtype.
  • 2015 4th Canadian Cancer Research Conference, Montreal, Canada. Robust, integrative and absolute subtyping in breast cancer.
  • 2015 Concordia Institute for Genomics, Montreal, Canada Understanding the interplay between subtype and prognosis in an absolute manner.
  • 2014 University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France. The inherent ease and difficulty of prognosis in breast cancer.
  • 2014 SciLifeLabs, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden. The prognostic ease and difficulty of invasive breast carcinoma.
  • 2014 University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France. The inherent ease and difficulty of prognosis in breast cancer.
  • 2013 Goodman Cancer Centre. Landscape of prognosis in Breast Cancer. Montreal,Canada
  • 2013 Canadian Breast Cancer Research Consortium. Inherent difficulty in breast cancer. Toronto, Canada
  • 2013 Montreal -Toronto Systems Biology Computational Retreat, McGill University
  • 2013 CIHR Genetics and Statistical Genetics Meeting. The inherent difficulty of breast cancer prognosis.  Esterel, Canada
  • 2013 4th IRCM Meeting on Systems Biology. The prognostic landscape of breast cancer: the illusion of Accuracy. Montreal, Canada
  • 2012 Radium Hospital. The Illusion of Accuracy in Breast Cancer Prognosis. Oslo, Norway
  • 2011 Radium Hospital. The existence of inherently difficult prognostic breast cancer patients. Oslo, Norway
  • 2011 Vancouver Oncology-Bioinformatics Meeting, A fresh perspective on prognostic prediction in breast cancer. Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010 Montreal Symposium on Bioinformatics, A systems approach to understanding breast cancer. Montreal, Canada
  • 2010 The NOWAC Symposium, Gene expression approaches in cancer research. Tromso, Norway
  • 2009  B.R.I Meeting. A Systems approach to understanding breast cancer. Moncton, Canada
  • 2009 Human Proteome Organization. Towards a systems approach to understanding breast cancer. Toronto, Canada
  • 2009 Canadian Student Conference on Biomedical Computing, UBC, A systems approach to understanding breast cancer progression Vancouver, Canada

Funding Committees, Editorial Boards:

  • 2021-2024. NSERC RTI Grant Competition, Panel Member.
  • 2021. Comité FCI-Leaders (CFI), Member.
  • 2021 CIHR CPS, ad hoc Member.
  • 2016-2020 Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Reviewer.
  • 2019. CIHR Foundation Grants Committee. Member.
  • 2010, 11, 13, 18, 19. Ontario Research Foundation, Member.
  • 2017-. Editorial board. PeerJ.
  • 2014-2017. CIHR, Foundation Grants Competition, Virtual Chair.
  • 2012-2016. CIHR, Genomics (GMX) panel, Chair.
  • 2012-2014. Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Gene Regulation panel, Member.
  • 2011-2012. Terry Fox Cancer Research Society, Panel Member.
  • 2005-2010, 2012. CIHR, Genomics (GMX) panel, Member.
  • 2009. CIHR, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – B panel, Member.
  • 2007. CIHR, Proof of Principle, Member.
  • 2010. CIHR Strategic Group for Epigenomics and Personalized Medicine.
  • 2003-2005. NSERC Biosciences A panel, Member.
  • 2004, 2006, 2008. CIHR Tools & High Risk, Member.

Conference Committees (SELECTED):

  • 2019. RECOMB-Comparative Genomics, Member, Scientific Committee.
  • 2013. Canadian Cancer Research Conference, Cancer Informatics Symposium, Chair.
  • 2013. Canadian Cancer Research Conference, General Program Committee, Member.
  • 2006- present. RECOMB Satellite Cancer Computational Biology, Steering Committee & Founder.
  • 2008, 2009, 2014. Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, Review Committee, Member.
  • 2012. CIHR Priority Review Committee, Member.
  • 2008. Robert Cedegren Colloquium, University of Montreal, Programme Committe, Member.
  • 2008. Canadian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2007. 1st RECOMB Cancer Computational Biology Meeting, San Diego. Approximately 100 researchers met in August to discuss computational and statistical aspects of computational oncology research. Scientific and Organizing Committee, Member.
  • 2007. 3rd Workshop on Bioinformatics at Bertinoro, Italy. Approximately 45 researchers met to discuss research in computational biology.
  • 2006. Canadian Consortium of Regulomics Computational Regulomics Training Program, Coordination Committee, Member.
  • 2006. Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference. Hong Kong, China, Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2005. Computational Biology in the Post-Genomic Era. Montreal, Quebec. Scientific Committee Chair.
  • 2005. Workshop on Bioinformatics (WABI), Ibiza, Spain, Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2005, 2003. 1st and 2nd Fixed Parameter Algorithms Workshop. Dagstuhl meeting covering fixed parameter algorithms.
  • 2004. International Workshop on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IWPEC), Bergen, Norway, Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2003. European Symposium on Algorithms - Experimental Track (ESA-B). Budapest, Hungary, Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2003. COCOON ’03, Montana, U.S. Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2002, 2003. 1st and 2nd Canadian Computational Biology Workshop. Two day event held in conjunction with the IBM CASCON conference, Toronto.
  • 2001. Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Biology (RECOMB). Montreal, Quebec. Organizing Committee, Member.
  • 2001. Workshop on Bioinformatics (WABI). Aarhus, Denmark. Programme Committee, Member.
  • 2001. International Conference on Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. Constanta, Romania. Programme Committee, Member.

My lab organizes the annual workshop at McGill-Bellairs Research Station in Barbados.