Dr. Heidi McBride


Heidi McBride, Ph.D

Canada Research Chair in Mitochondrial Cell Biology
Professor, McGill University
Montreal Neurological Institute
Neuromuscular Research Group
3801 University Ave, Rm 622C
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2B4
(514) 398-1808

I am a graduate of McGill (B.Sc ’91, Ph.D with Gordon Shore in ’96) and completed my post-doctoral training in the lab of Marino Zerial at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany in 2000. I trained in the fields of mitochondrial protein import and the molecular mechanisms of endocytosis, Rab activation and SNARE assembly. As an independent investigator, my group has focused on understanding the fundamental behaviour of the mitochondria and how they are integrated into the cellular environment. I started my research lab at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (2000-2011), and then moved to McGill University where I am now a Full Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, with a cross appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.  I am honoured to teach and train an amazing and brilliant cohort of undergraduates, grad students and post-doctoral fellows, without whom there would be nothing! I am engaged in a number of meaningful collaborations both within the Rare Neurological Disease Group at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and with my colleagues around the world. As a basic science lab, we work hard to apply and test our discoveries within multiple disease paradigms; something only made possible through active, fun and enriching collaboration.  Together we are a dynamic, creative and multidisciplinary team tackling the complex problems of neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinsons, Huntingtons, Multiple Sclerosis, and various forms of Ataxias.Here is a link to a recently published profile in the Journal of Cell Biology:
J Cell Biol-2014-Sedwick-454-5

And this is a commentary I wrote addressing the challenges of the field as a whole:
BMC Biology commentary McBride

Here is a link to my ResearchGate site. ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0003-4666-2280, ResearcherID: C-1162-2008

Funding Sources

Present and past lab funding has been through the generous support of peer-reviewed Government and Charity Organizations.


Present funding:

CIHRCanadian Cancer Society
Canada Research Chairs
Past funding:
JDRFHeart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaNeuroScience Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation