Patrick Delmas

Current position

Group leader, Research Director (DR1)

Host institution

CRN2M (Centre de Recherche en Neurobiologie et en Neurophysiologie de Marseille), France CNRS, France

Ion Channels involved in pain, mechanosensation and sensory transduction



Patrick Delmas is interested in sensory neurons that translate thermal, chemical, and mechanical stimuli. His goal is to understand the molecular basis of somatosensation – the process whereby we experience touch and pain – with an emphasis on identifying molecules that regulate electrogenesis of sensory neurons and detect environmental stimuli. The research conducted in his lab also focuses on characterizing the function of the enteric nervous system in both gastroenterological and neurological disorders.

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• 1995 Ph. D. in Neurobiology and Pharmacology, CNRS, Marseille, France, Maurice Gola’s lab

• 1995-2001 Post-doctoral fellow, Wellcome Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology at University College London, United Kingdom, Noel Buckley's lab

• 2001 Appointed Research Scientist (permanent position), CNRS, Marseille, France


• Program Grant, Human Frontier Science Program, 2014

• FRM Team, Medical Research Foundation (FRM), 2013

• FRM Team, Medical Research Foundation (FRM), 2007

• Research Prize, PACA Region, 2002

• Excellence Prize, Wellcome Trust, 2001