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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Jean-Paul Desaulniers



Faculty of Science

Leads a research group in chemical biology that uses nucleic acid chemistry to develop biological tools and potential therapeutics. Leads exchange programs for chemistry students to China and Japan.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 4071
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3621
905-721-3304 (fax)

Research topics

  • Chemical Biology
  • Nucleic Acid Chemistry

Areas of expertise

  • Nucleic Acid Chemistry
  • RNA
  • Oligonucleotides


Jean-Paul Desaulniers was born and raised in London, Ontario. He studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario and received his Honors BSc in 2000. He entered graduate school at Wayne State University, under the guidance of Prof. Christine Chow, and he received his PhD from Wayne State University in 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Anna Mapp's lab at the University of Michigan. Since the fall of 2008, Jean-Paul has led a research group in chemical biology at Ontario Tech. His research focuses on developing nucleic acid mimics that are capable of controlling gene expression in biological systems.


  • PhD Wayne State University 2005
  • BSc Western University 2000

Courses taught

  • CHEM 3050U (Environmental Chemistry)
  • CHEM 4110U (Bio-Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology)
  • CHEM 4120U (Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology)
  • CHEM 3120U (Advanced Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 3410U (Chemical Laboratory Techniques)
  • CHEM 4410U/4420U (Honors Thesis in Chemistry)
  • BIOL 4410U/4420U (Honors Thesis in Biology)
  • APBS 6010G (Research Design and Methods)
  • APBS 6700G (Advanced Topics in Applied Bioscience)