Catherine Mounier is Vice-Principal of Research, Creation and Diffusion at UQAM. She obtained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry (1987) and her M.Sc. in Molecular Chemistry (1988) from Rennes University (France). She then obtained her Ph. D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (1994) at the National Superior Agronomic school in Rennes (France). She continued her investigations through a first postdoctoral training at the Biochemistry Department of Iowa University (USA) where she studied the transcriptional regulation of the avian malic enzyme gene. During a second postdoctoral training at McGill University (Montréal, Canada), she participated in the identification of new hepatic cell signaling pathways triggered by insulin and EGF ligands. Dr Mounier is a professor at the Biological Sciences Department of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. She acted as Assistant Director of this department from 2007 to 2012, then as Director from 2012 to 2015. Her research projects focus on lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, with a particular emphasis on nutritional and hormonal regulation of genes involved in hepatic lipogenesis. Hepatic steatosis (accumulation of excess fat in liver cells) is hence a focal point of research in her laboratory.