Von Roretz, Christopher
Chris is a native Montrealer who enjoys calm walks along the shores of Lac St-Louis at sunset. He is also passionate about molecular biology and a form of cell suicide called “apoptosis”. His scientific journey has included CEGEP studies at John Abbott and a Bachelor of Science at McGill in Biochemistry. This was followed by graduate work at McGill as well, where Chris earned his PhD while in the lab of Dr. Imed Gallouzi. It is worth mentioning that during his tenure in the Gallouzi lab there was never a radio playing, because Chris would end up singing along too loudly to whatever was on.
After completing his studies Chris helped coordinate a graduate training program in bionanotechnology at McGill, while also teaching part-time, before joining the John Abbott Biology Faculty in the fall of 2013. He has loved every minute here since then thanks to the beautiful campus, fabulous new sciences building, amazing staff, and perhaps most importantly, the dynamic and inspiring students.
Outside of science, Chris is an outdoors enthusiast who particularly enjoys hiking and soccer. He has been known to hike in questionable costumes including as a ninja and in a three-piece suit. He is also keen about community involvement, particularly with Scouts Canada, where he has been volunteering for over 15 years.