Jacques Bélair is Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Université de Montréal, which he joined in 1983 as an Assistant Research Professor. He had previously obtained a PhD in applied mathematics from Cornell University (supervisor: Philip J Holmes) and worked as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at McGill University (supervisor: Leon Glass). He has served as deputy director of the CRM and was also vice-dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; he was President of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) from 2009 to 2011. In 2019, he co-chaired the Organizing Committee of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB).
His research concerns mathematical modelling of dynamic regulatory processes in biology. In the past, he has been interested in various aspects of cardiac arrhythmias and motor control. He is currently studying the control of blood cell production (hematopoiesis) and associated pharmaceutical interventions, and the propagation of infectious diseases in general, and COVID-19 in particular. He is researcher affiliated with the Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM) based at York University and the Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM) of McGill University.
In the media
March 21, 2021 Ici Radio-Canada Première
May 28, 2020 Québec Science
April 26, 2020 Radio-Canada, by Guillaume Piedboeuf
January 1, 2016 Mathematical Biosciences, Science Direct
Jacques Bélair, Ahmed Abdelrazec, Chunhua Shan, Huaiping Zhu
December 14, 2014 Université de Montréal, Papyrus
Jacques Bélair, Fidèle Niyukuri