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Etienne Caron, PhD

Assistant Professor



Dr. Caron is a Canadian scientist with a background in Biotechnology and Systems Immunology. He received his PhD from the University of Montreal and completed his education at ETH-Zürich in Switzerland under the guidance of Dr. Ruedi Aebersold. Dr. Caron is known for his international leadership and expertise in immunopeptidomics for the global analysis of MHC-associated peptides using mass spectrometry technologies. His scientific program has the potential to revolutionize the research on vaccine design, cancer immunotherapy, infectious and autoimmune diseases, including treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and aging.

Dr. Caron began his career as a Principal Investigator in 2018 at the University of Montreal, Canada, with the goal of making the field of immunopeptidomics as transformative as cancer genomics to create new paradigms in immunology & immunotherapy to improve patient care worldwide.

In 2023, Dr. Caron was recruited by the Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology (YCIO) and the Department of Immunobiology. He is also currently a member of the Yale Center for Infection and Immunity (CII), and the Yale Center for Systems and Engineering Immunology (CSEI).

Dr. Caron is co-founder and former chair (2015-2020) of the Human Immunopeptidome Project. He also co-founded the start-up Neomabs Biotechnologies Inc., with the goal of transforming the treatment of childhood leukemia through targeted immunotherapies. Dr. Caron has also provided distinctive services to the life sciences industry through numerous collaborations with companies such as Biognosys, ImmunXperts, CellCarta, Genentech, and Flagship Pioneering.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    ETH Zürich (2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    EMBL Barcelona (2012)
  • PhD
    University of Montreal (2011)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow
    University of Tokyo (2009)
  • MSc
    University of Montreal (2005)
  • BSc
    University of Sherbrooke (2001)
  • B.Sc. Industrial work terms
    Shire Biochem (2001)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Effervescence Stars AwardMontreal In Vivo2023
Research Scholars - Junior 2FRQS 2023
Bravo Recherche – COVID editionUniversité de Montréal2021
Research Scholars - Junior 1FRQS 2019
Marie-Curie Intra-European FellowshipEuropean Comission2013
EMBO Long-term Postdoctoral fellowshipEMBO2011
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral FellowshipCIHR2011
Star ResearcherMontreal Convention Center2010
Cole Fellowship Research Exhibition competitionCole Foundation2010
Canadian Cancer Society and Terry Fox Foundation Studentship AwardCCS and Terry Fox Foundation2009
Cole Foundation Scholarship Doctoral AwardCole Foundation2009
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship AwardJSPS2009
J.A. DeSève Scholarship AwardUniversity of Montreal2008
Next Generation Student AwardCIHR BioContact2006
CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral AwardCIHR2006
Fond de la recherche en santé du Québec Doctoral FellowshipFRQS2006
Merit ScholarshipFRQS2004
Industrial Undergraduate Student Research AwardNSERC2001
Industrial Undergraduate Student Research AwardNSERC2000

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