Christian Baron is Vice-President, Research – Programs. Before joining CIHR, Dr. Baron was a Full Professor in the Université de Montréal Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. He obtained a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Munich in Germany in 1993 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. In 1997, he joined the University of Munich in the Department of Microbiology as University Assistant, and in 2002, he was recruited by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor. In 2008, he joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal as Chair. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of bacterial virulence and the ultimate goal of his work is to find better treatments for infectious diseases and to counter the growth of antibiotic resistance. He is also interested in the interaction of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with human cells and in the analysis of bacterial sulphur metabolism in mining environments. His work is funded by NSERC, Genome Canada/Genome Quebec and the Cancer Research Society. He has served as a member of CIHR, NSERC and FNFR peer review committees. Christian Baron was Vice-Dean of Research and Development at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal between June 2015 and August 2020.