Florian Lesage PhD in Life Science

Course and current status

Florian Lesage is senior director of research at Inserm (French National Institute of Health). He is a molecular biologist with extensive experience in ion channel cloning, expression and characterization, in particular in the neurosensory systems. He authored 17 international patents and  >125 publications that have received more than 16000 citations, h-index:63 (http://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=4RXbfuMAAAAJ&hl=fr&oi=ao). He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals including Physiological Reviews, Journal of Physiology, European Journal of Physiology, PeerJ, Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience and Frontiers in Pharmacology.

Florian Lesage is the director of the Laboratoire d'Excellence "Ion Channel Science and Therapeutics" (LabEx ICST, www.labex-icst.fr/en) and deputy director of the Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Sophia Antipolis, France. He is a member of section 28 of the CoNRS (Pharmacologie, ingénierie et technologie pour la santé, imagerie biomédicale) and chairman of the CID54 of the CoNRS (Méthodes expérimentales, concepts et instrumentation en sciences de la matière et en ingénierie pour le vivant).

Scientific summary

Florian Lesage has identified a class of ion channels that are promising targets for the development of new medicines. Located at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (IPMC), Sophia-Antipolis, Florian Lesage‘s research group is currently aimed to a better understanding of the structure, physiology and physiopathology of these channels. This includes fundamental approaches (structure/function, proteomics, mouse gene inactivation) and more clinical aspects (potential role of ion channels in genetic and acquired neuronal disorders).

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