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Dr. Sébastien Cardinal

B.Sc., Université Laval, 2009

Ph.D., Université Laval, 2016

Sébastien grew up in Chicoutimi, a small town near the beautiful Saguenay River in the province of Québec, in Canada. It is in this quiet and beautiful setting that his love for outdoor and nature first arose. At the age of 15, his family moved to Québec City where he soon discovered that science was the way to understand most of natural phenomena. After receiving in B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Université Laval in 2009, Sébastien joined Normand Voyer’s group where he mainly worked on the preparation of tetrasubstituted olefins and polyphenolic compounds related to maple syrup. During his doctoral studies, he also occupied a lecturer position for four years, an experience that confirmed his will to pursue a career in academia. Sébastien joined the MacMillan group in February 2017, and he’s looking forward to applying new activation modes for useful organic transformations as well as bringing some typical French-Canadian “joie de vivre” to the lab.

Fun Facts
  • When in Québec, Sébastien performs with “Les Beaux Dimanches”, a cover band whose name could be freely translated as “The Magnificent Sundays”.
  • -Sébastien developed a passion for endurance sports in the last years and participated in various winter sports open competitions (mainly cross-country skiing) as well as the Quebec City Marathon. If you can’t find him in the lab around lunchtime, he might be having some quality time with his running shoes.
  • -Even if he’s still got work to do on his English, Sébastien is currently learning Italian. There must be a bella ragazza behind all this.
  • -Sebastien visited all four corners of the country (Maine, Florida, Alaska and Hawaii) before settling on New Jersey as his first US home.