Thomas Boulin

Thomas [dot] Boulin [at] univ-lyon1 [dot] fr

Favourite quote: Progress in science depends on new techniques, new discoveries and new ideas, probably in that order.
Sydney Brenner

Short Bio

Thomas Boulin heads the team "Molecular and cellular neurobiology of C. elegans" at the Institut NeuroMyoGène - CNRS/INSERM/Université Lyon 1. He has worked on various aspects of C. elegans neurobiology for the past 20 years.

During his PhD with Oliver Hobert at Columbia University, he studied molecular and cellular mechanisms controling the formation and the maintenance of the C. elegans nervous system (Buelow, Neuron 2003). As a post-doc with Jean-Louis Bessereau at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, he developed genetic and electrophysiological strategies to study synaptic function and acetylcholine receptor modulation (Boulin, PNAS 2008 ; Boulin, Nature Neuroscience 2012).

His team is now focusing on the role played by potassium channels in the control of cellular excitability and the regulation of the cell's membrane potential. The goal of the team is to investigate the biology of these widely-conserved ion channels in their native cellular context by taking advantage of the powerful genetic tools available in C. elegans.

Academic Positions & Education

  • Since 2013   Group leader at MeLiS – Mechanisms in Integrated Life Sciences.
  • Since 2021   Director of SEGiCel – Service d’édition génétique de Caenorhabditis elegans.
  • Since 2024   Directeur de recherche at CNRS, DR2.
  • 2009 - 2024   Tenured researcher at CNRS, CRCN.
  • 2016        Habilitation à diriger des Recherches (HDR), Université Lyon 1.

  • 2020 - 2025 Member of LabEx CORTEX
  • Since 2019   Scientific Council; Association Aïda, associationaida.org.
  • 2016 – 2020   Scientific Advisor, CNRS UMS 3421.
  • 2013 - 2019 Member of the Management Committee of COST Action BM1408.

  • 2005 - 2009 Post-doctoral fellow with Jean-Louis Bessereau, École Normale Supérieure, Paris.
  • 2001 - 2005 PhD with Oliver Hobert, Columbia University, HHMI, New York.
  • 2000 - 2001 Masters / D.E.A. Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du Dévelopement (BMCD), Université Paris 6.
  • 1998 - 2002 Student of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris).

Personal Funding & prizes

MeLiS | CNRS UMR 5284 | INSERM U1314
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
Institut NeuroMyoGène
Faculté de Médecine - 3ème étage, aile D
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69008 LYON
FRANCE
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