Isabelle Brunette

Office Phone: 514-252-3400 ext. 4959
Fax: 514-251-7094
Lab Phone: 514-252-3400 ext. 5932

Research Axis  Vision Health
Research Unit  BioFemtoVision Canada Research Program on Corneal Transplant


  • Associate Professor and PTG, Department of Ophtalmology, University of Montreal
  • Holder of the Charles Albert Poissant Chair in Corneal Transplant, University of Montreal
  • Assistant Professor, École Polytechnique, University of Montreal
  • Director of BioFemtoVision Canada


  • Diploma, Biology, University of Montreal (1978).
  • Diploma, Medicine, University of Montreal (1983).
  • Specialist Diploma in Ophtalmology, University of Montreal (1987).
  • Corneal Endothelium Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester , MN (1988).
  • Corneal Transplant and Refractive Surgery Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1989).


  • Cornea Fellowship Award, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester , MN (1987-1988).
  • Cornea Fellowship Award, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (1988-1989).
  • Junior Investigator Grant, University of Montreal (1993-1995). 
  • Junior Clinical Investigator Grant 1, Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (1995-1999).
  • Junior Clinical Investigator Grant 2, Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (1999-2003).
  • Senior Clinical Investigator Grant, Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (2003-2007).
  • Charles Albert Poissant Chair in Corneal Transplant, University of Montreal.
  • Full-time tenure, University of Montreal (2000-).
  • Person of the Week, La Presse – Radio Canada (2005).


  • Marie-Eve Choronzey, B.A. Communications
  • Solmaz Moghadaszadeh, B.Sc. Biochemistry
  • Denis Sherknies, Ph.D. Imaging Analysis
  • Thouria Bensaoula, Ph.D. Physiology of the Eye
  • Karima Driouich, B.Sc. Database Development and Maintenance
  • André Devault, O.D. Optometry
  • Angèle Halley, B.A. Nursing Studies
  • Marie-Josée Guyon, D.E.C. Animal Health sciences, Animal Supply Facility Technician - CRHMR

2007-2008 Students:

  • Luis Alvarez Ferre, M.D., Ophthalmologist, M.Sc., Ph.D. Student
  • Osama Nada, M.D., Ophthalmologist, M.Sc., Ph.D. Student
  • Louis Hoffart, M.D., Ophthalmologist, Postdoctoral Intern
  • Diana Dudek, Medical Student, University of Montreal
  • Marie-Pier Lauzé, Science Student
  • Julie-Anne Lacroix, Science Student, CÉGEP Jean de Brébeuf
  • Predrag Corluka, B.Eng. Electrical Engineering, M.Eng. Student (co-direction Jean-Claude Kieffer)
  • Arnaud Brocas, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Intern (co-direction Tsuneyuki Ozaki)
  • Louis Jay, DEA, Ph.D. Student (co-direction Tsuneyuki Ozaki)
  • Pierre Lepage Létourneau, Medical Student, Laval University
  • Simon Roussel, Medical Student, Laval University
  • Joël Roberge, Medical Student, University of Montreal
  • Hubert Landry, M.D., Resident Ophthalmologist, University of Montreal


Selected papers

Laliberté JF, Meunier J, Chagnon M, Kieffer JC, Brunette I. Construction of a 3-D atlas of corneal shape. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 2007 Mar;48(3):1072-8.

Proulx S, Bourget JM, Gagnon N, Martel S, Deschambeault A, Carrier P, Giasson CJ, Auger FA, Brunette I, Germain L. Optimization of the culture conditions for porcine corneal endothelial cells. Molecular Vision 2007; Apr 3;13:524-533.

Hick S, Laliberté JF, Meunier J, Chagnon M, Brunette I. Effects of misalignment during corneal topography. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2007; 33:1522-1529.

Vidal F, Lavertu PL, Bigaouette N, Moore F, Brunette I, Giguère D, Kieffer JC, Olivié G, Ozaki T. Modelling of the energy density deposition profiles of ultrashort laser pulses focused in optical media. Journal of Physic: Conference series 2007;59:646-650.

Giguère D, Olivié G, Vidal F, Toetsch S, Girard G, Ozaki T, Kieffer JC, Nada O, Brunette I. Laser ablation threshold dependence on pulse duration for fused silica and corneal tissues: experiments and modeling. Journal of the Optical Society of America A Opt Image Sci Vis. 2007 Jun;24(6):1562-8.

Olivié G, Giguère D, Vidal F, Ozaki T, Kieffer JC, Nada O, Brunette I. Wavelength dependence of femtosecond laser ablation threshold of corneal stroma. Optics Express 2008; Vol. 16, No. 6 ; 4121-9. 

Complete list of Dr Brunette's publications (PubMed)


Collaborators from the CRHMR Vision Health Research Unit

  • Marie-Josée Aubin, M.D., Ophthalmologist, M.Sc., M.P.H.
  • Hélène Boisjoly, M.D., Ophthalmologist, M.P.H.
  • Sylvie Lesage, Ph.D.
  • Santiago Costantino, Ph.D.
  • Helen Freeman, Ph.D.

Collaborator from the Department of Pharmacy, University of Montreal

  • Jean Lachaine, Ph.D., Pharmacoeconomics

Collaborator from DIRO, University of Montreal

  • Jean Meunier, Ph.D.

Collaborators from INRS-EMT (affiliated to UQAM)

  • Jean-Claude Kieffer, Full Professor and Director, INRS-EMT; Canada Research Chair in Ultra-rapid Photonics Applied to Complex Systems.
  • Francois Vidal, Ph.D.
  • Jose Azana, Ph.D.
  • Tsuneyuki Ozaki, Ph.D.
  • François Légaré, Ph.D.

Collaborators from the Laboratoire d’Organogénèse Expérimentale (LOEX), Quebec City

  • Lucie Germain (Laboratory), Ph.D.
  • Stéphanie Proulx, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Intern
  • Caroline Audet, M.Sc. Student
  • Patrick Carrier, Ph.D.


Research program currently funded by:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • FRSQ Vision Health Network