Institut NeuroMyoGène

We are now part of the Institut NeuroMyoGène.

The INMG is a novel institute dedicated to the study of the nervous and muscular systems. It was created in 2016 in Lyon at the heart of a dense hospital network and of one of the biggest medical universities in France.


2017-03-02 - Finally!

Our paper has just been accepted at G3: GENES, GENOMES, GENETICS!

Congratulations to the whole team! It was a great collective effort.

Reliable CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering in Caenorhabditis elegans using a single efficient sgRNA and an easily recognizable phenotype

wrmScarlet is available right now for all labs who want it. Visit the following page for the page dedicated to this paper.


To efficiently and freely distribute the wrmScarlet sequence to the community, we have decided to list here all the labs that we have sent the sequence to. Please contact us or anyone on the list to get your copy of the plasmid. More information here

  • (17) Europe
    • (3) France
      • Lyon - Jean-Louis Bessereau {INMG}
      • Strasbourg - Sophie Jarriault {IGBMC}
      • Bordeaux - Denis Dupuy {Institut Europeen de Chimie et Biologie}
    • (1) Austria
      • Vienna - Luisa Cochella {IMP}
    • (5) Switzerland
      • Basel - Iskra Katic {Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research}
      • Basel - Rafal Ciosk {Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research} (via I. Katic)
      • Basel - Helge Grosshans {Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research} (via I. Katic)
      • Basel - Susan M. Gasser {Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research} (via I. Katic)
      • Bern - Peter Meister (via Iskra Katic) {University of Bern}
    • (3) Netherlands
      • Utrecht - Mike Boxem >> Sander van den Heuvel, Casper Hoogenraad {Utrecht University}
    • (4) Germany
      • Freiburg - Stefan Eimer {BIOSS}
      • Berlin - Nikolaus Rajewsky >> Baris Tursun {Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin}
      • Planegg - Adeline Mergoud (Hartl departement) {Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried}
    • (1) Spain
      • Sevilla - Peter Askjaer {Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo}
  • (1) Canada
    • Toronto, ON - Mei Zhen {Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute}
  • (12) United States of America
    • New York, NY - Shai Shaham {Rockfeller University}
    • New York, NY - Oliver Hobert {Columbia University} (via S. Shaham)
    • New York, NY - Jeremy Nance {NYU School of Medicine}
    • Bronx, NY - Hannes Buelow {Albert Einstein College of Medicine}
    • Ithaca, NY - Gunther Hollopeter {Cornell University}
    • Salt Lake City, UT - Ofer Rog {University of Utah}
    • Lawrence, KS - Brian D. Ackley {University of Kansas}
    • Cambridge, MA - Steve Flavell {Massachusetts Institute of Technology}
    • Waltham, MA - Piali Sengupta {Brandeis University} (via E. Yemini, Hobert lab)
    • North Chicago, IL - Hongkyun Kim {Rosalind Franklin University}
    • Chicago, IL - Dan Shaye {University of Illinois}
    • Pasadena, CA - Paul Sternberg {California Institute of Technology}
  • (3) United Kingdom
    • London - Michalis Barkoulas {Imperial College}
    • Durham - David Weinkove {Durham University} (via M. Barkoulas)
    • London - Richard Poole {University College London}
  • (1) Israel
    • Tel Aviv - Oded Rechavi {Tel-Aviv University}
  • (2) Australia
    • Clayton - Brent Neumann {Monash University}
    • Brisbane - Massimo A. Hilliard {University of Queensland} (via B. Neumann)
  • (1) China
    • Wuhan - Anbing Shi {Huazhong University of Science and Technology}
  • (1) Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong - Ho Yi Mak {Hong Kong University of Science and Technology}
  • (1) Japan
    • Fukuoka - Takeshi Ishihara {Kyushu university}
  • (1) South Korea
    • Seoul - Junho Lee {Seoul National University}
  • (1) India
    • Mohali - Yogesh Dahiya, Kavita Babu lab {IISER}
 We want to understand how cellular physiology is controled by basic molecular and cellular pathways regulating the biology of potassium-selective ion channels.

Two-pore domain potassium channels (K2P) play a central role in the control of cellular excitability and the regulation of the cell's electrical membrane potential. K2Ps have been widely conserved throughout evolution. They are polymodal ion channels that are subjected to extensive regulation by a diverse set of physical (pH, temperature, mechanical force) and biological signals (lipids, G-protein coupled receptor pathways). They are broadly expressed in excitable and non-excitable cells, and have in turn been implicated in a large spectrum of physiopathological processes, ranging from the regulation of neuronal excitability, respiratory and cardiac function to the control of cell volume, hormone secretion and cell proliferation. Recently, loss- and gain-of-function mutations in K2P channels have been directly linked to human pathologies (Birk Barel syndrome, familial migraine with aura, cardiac conduction disorder).

In contrast to many other ion channel families, comparatively little is known about the molecular and cellular processes that regulate different aspects of the cell biology of K2P channels. For instance we know only of very few factors that specifically regulate the expression, the activity and the localisation of K2P channels at the cell surface. Therefore the central question addressed by our team is: How is the number of active potassium leak channels present at the cell surface controlled in vivo?

To identify novel genes and conserved cellular processes that regulate the biology of K2P channels in vivo we take advantage of the powerful genetic tools available in the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. We use the full array of techniques available in C. elegans including genetics, live imaging, electrophysiology and state-of-the-art CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering and next-generation DNA sequencing. These studies will provide new leads to understand the cellular pathways that control K2P function in other organisms.


CNRS Bronze Medal

Thomas has received his Bronze medal during the official CNRS ceremony on December 4th, 2014

"La Médaille de bronze récompense le premier travail d'un chercheur, qui fait de lui un spécialiste de talent dans son domaine. Cette récompense représente un encouragement du CNRS à poursuivre des recherches bien engagées et déjà fécondes."

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We are always looking for highly motivated Post-docs, Masters and PhD students to participate in our ERC Starting Grant-funded projects.
Please consult this page before applying.


Our Projects

We endeavor to understand how basic molecular and cellular pathways regulating the biology of potassium-selective ion channels control cellular physiology.

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Funding & Support

Our research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC Stg 2013) and the Fondation Fyssen

Our Publications

A generally up-to-date list of our publications and meeting abstracts.

The Newsstand

An ever growing list of papers that stand out.


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