Hélène Lebel received her PhD from Université de Montréal under the supervision of Prof. André B. Charette in 1998. She then joined the group of Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard University as a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. She began her independent academic career at the Université de Montréal as an assistant professor in 1999, under a NSERC University Faculty Award.
She was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2005, and Full Professor in 2010. The quality of her research has been recognized with many awards, including the Enantioselective Synthetic Chemistry Research Award in 2005, the Johnson & Johnson Focused Funding Grant Award in 2008, the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Award in 2009 and the Clara Benson Award in 2014. She held the Canada Research Chair in Organometallic Catalysis (Tier II) from 2006 to 2016. She is now the author of more than 60 publications as an independent researcher and
has contributed to numerous book chapters.
Her research program addresses the development of novel catalytic green processes and the discovery of recyclable reagents. More recently, her research program has included the study of novel and innovative continuous flow processes.