null Simone Chevalier, PhD

Senior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Cancer Research Program

Centre for Translational Biology

Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



Prostate • prostate cancer • signaling • tyrosine kinases • biomarkers • STAT3 • androgen receptor • stem cells • neuroendocrine cells • androgen independence

Research Focus

My research focuses on prostatic diseases, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancers (PCa) that spontaneously arise in men 50 years or older. Our mechanistic studies involve the use of diverse in vitro and in vivo approaches to characterise key molecules of signaling pathways mediated by androgens and growth-promoting factors in heterogeneous cell populations of the human and dog prostate cells, tumours and metastases. We also focus on circulatory molecules as potential biomarkers of PCa witnessing tumor cells as they evolve with progression. To translate our findings to patients, we implemented a PCa biobank and adopted a large animal (canine) model of PCa.

Selected Publications

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  • Rocha J, Zouanat F, Zoubeidi A, Hamel L, Benidir T, Scarlata E. Brimo F, Aprikian A, Chevalier S. The Fer tyrosine kinase acts as a downstream interleukin-6 effector of androgen receptor activation in prostate cancer. Mol. Cell. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2013 Jul 30; 381(1-2):140-149.

  • Chevalier S, Cury F, Scarlata E, El-Zayat E, Hamel L, Rocha J, Zouanat F, Moussa S, Scherz A, Elhilali M, Anidjar M. Endoscopic vascular targeted photodynamic therapy with the photosensitizer TOOKADSoluable WST11 for benign prostatic hyperplasia in the pre-clinical dog model. J Urol. 2013 May 13. PMID: 23680311

  • Anidjar A, Scarlata E., Cury FL, Rocha J., Hamel L., Luz M., Chevalier S. Refining the orthotopic dog prostate cancer (DPC)-1 model to better bridge the gap between rodents and men. The Prostate. 72 (7): 752–761, 2012; 2011 Aug 31: 10.1002/pros.21479.

  • Brimo F, Sircar K, Chevalier S, Saad F, Lacombe L, Têtu B, Scarlata E, Aprikian A. Banking of fresh-frozen prostate tissue using the alternate mirror image protocol: methods, validation, and impact on the pathological prognostic parameters in radical prostatectomy. Cell Tissue Bank. 2012 Dec;13(4):631-8. doi: 10.1007/s10561-011-9284-y. Epub 2011 Dec 2

  • Zoubeidi A., Cury-Rocha J., Zouanat F., Hamel L., Scarlata E., Aprikian AG, Chevalier S. The Fer tyrosine kinase cooperates with interleukin-6 to activate the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 and promote human prostate cancer cell growth. Mol Cancer Res; 7, 142-155, 2009.