Diallo Lab

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Contact Information

Jean-Simon Diallo
613-737-8899 x 75203
jsdiallo@ohri.ca

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Centre for Cancer Therapeutics
501 Smyth Road
Box 926
Ottawa, ON
K1H 8L6

Jean-Simon Diallo

Scientist, Cancer Therapeutics Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Associate Scientist, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa

Research Interests

Our research team is interested in the study and development of novel "viral sensitizer" drugs that make cells more susceptible to viruses. Our goal is to better understand and use these small molecules to improve the activity and/or production of diverse virus-based therapeutics, including oncolytic virotherapy, viral vaccines, and gene therapy vectors.

Brief Biography

Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo obtained his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honours in bioinformatics from the University of Ottawa in 2000. He went on to Montreal to pursue a masters’ degree in biochemistry at McGill University where he studied the epigenetic regulation of globin genes with the late Dr. Lee Wall. In 2003, he began his Ph.D in molecular biology at the Université de Montréal, in the laboratory of Drs. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson and Fred Saad. There he studied prognostic markers/models for prostate cancer as well as the use of naturally occurring phytochemicals for prostate cancer therapy. Funded by the Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Quebec (FRSQ) fellowship, he joined Dr. John Bell’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2007, applying his broad expertise and collaborative approach to the field of oncolytic viruses. In Dr. Bell’s group, Dr. Diallo pioneered high-throughput methods to identify compounds that enhance viral replication. Now an Associate Scientist at the OHRI working with a multidisciplinary network of collaborators, he and his team are using medicinal chemistry, mass spectrometry and high-throughput molecular biology approaches to study how “viral sensitizer” drugs work. He is also expanding the scope of application of viral sensitizer drugs, which in addition to oncolytic virotherapy, show tremendous promise in virus/vaccine manufacturing and gene therapy applications.

Selected Publications

R Arulanandam, C Batenchuk, O Varette, C Zakaria, NE Forbes, C Davis, R Krishnan, V Garcia, R Karmacharya, J Cox, A Sinha, Andrew Babawy, K Waite, E Weinstein, T Falls, A Chen, J Hamill, N Da Silva, DP Conrad1, H Atkins, K Garson, C Ilkow, M Kaern, B Vanderhyden, N Sonenberg, T Alain, F Le Boeuf, JC Bell, JS Diallo, Microtubule Disruption Synergizes with Oncolytic Virotherapy by Inhibiting Interferon Translation and Potentiating Bystander Killing, Nat Commun. 2015 Mar 30;6:6410.

C Ilkow, M Marguerie , C Batenchuk , D Ben Neriah , S Cousineau , T Falls , C Tanese de Souza , F Le Boeuf , R Arulanandam , L Stubbert , S Thorne , P Paramananthan, A Chatterjee , C Addison , D Stojdl , Diallo J-S , B Lichty, JC Bell, Reciprocal cellular cross-talk within the tumor microenvironment promotes oncolytic virus activity, Nat Med. 2015 Apr 20

R Arulanandam, C Batenchuk, FA Angarita Celis, K Ottolino-Perry, S Cousineau, C Ilkow, A Mottashed, E Burgess, T Falls, N De Silva, J Tsang, G Howe, D Conrad, CJ Brietbach, DH Kirn, JS Diallo, B Lichty, C Addison, JA McCart, John C. Bell, VEGF-mediated innate immune suppression sensitizes tumour vasculature to oncolytic virus infection, Cancer Cell, Jul 22 2015

F Le Boeuf*, C Batenchuk*, M Vähä-Koskela, S Breton, D Roy, C Lemay, J Cox, H Abdelbary, T Falls, G Waghray, H Atkins, D Stojd, JS Diallo, M Kaern*, JC Bell*. Model-based Rational Design of an Oncolytic Virus with Improved Therapeutic Potential. Nat Commun. 2013 Jun 14;4:1974.

Diallo JS, Le Boeuf F, Lai F, Cox J, Vaha-Koskela M, Abdelbary H, MacTavish H, Waite K, Falls T, Wang J, Brown R, Blanchard JE, Brown ED, Kirn DH, Hiscott J, Atkins H, Lichty BD, Bell JC. A high-throughput pharmacoviral approach identifies novel oncolytic virus sensitizers. Mol Ther. 2010 Jun;18(6):1123-9.

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest


Cancer; Infectious disease



Research and clinical approaches


Basic research; Drug development; Gene therapy; Immunization; Immunization; Immunotherapy; Immunotherapy; Molecular and cellular biology; Translational research; Viral therapy; Viral therapy