Pamela Mehanna

Pamela Mehanna – Bioinformatician

Pamela Mehanna is a bioinformatician in the OMICS group since July 2017. Her broad research interests include population genetics, cancer genomics and pharmacogenomics. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics from Université de Montréal, she completed a master’s degree in the same field at the CHU Sainte-Justine. During her studies, she conducted a project aiming to characterize new small circular extra-chromosomal DNA fragments called microDNAs and their modulation by anti-cancer treatments. She also participated in the development of SNooPer, a machine learning method for somatic variant detection from next-generation sequencing data. 


Contact : pamela.mehanna [at]
Address : 5000 Bélanger, Room C-1440.
Phone : 514 376-3330 #2088


Representative Publications

Mehanna P, Gagné V, Lajoie M, Spinella J-F, St-Onge P, Sinnett D, et al. (2017) Characterization of the microDNA through the response to chemotherapeutics in lymphoblastoid cell lines. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184365.

Spinella JF, Mehanna P, Vidal R, Saillour V, Cassart P, Richer C, Ouimet M, Healy J, Sinnett D. SNooPer: a machine learning-based method for somatic variant identification from low-pass next-generation sequencing. BMC Genomics. 2016 Nov 14;17(1):912. PubMed PMID: 27842494; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5109690.