Sebastien Dutertre has been working in the field of membrane proteins and venom peptides for the past eight years. In 2001, he was an M.S. student at the laboratory of the late Professor Andre Menez, at the Department of Protein Engineering (CEA, France), where he became fascinated by the use of animal toxins to finely dissect the molecular properties of membrane receptors. By then, he also realized the therapeutic potential of venom peptides, particularly those isolated from cone snails. This was one of the reasons that motivated a move to the University of Queensland in 2002 to undertake his Ph.D. studies at the laboratory of Professor Richard Lewis. Besides the exciting discoveries of novel conopeptides and their pharmacological characterizations, he also very much enjoyed the life Down Under. In a bid to better understand the structure and functional properties of ion channels, the targets of many venom peptides, he chose to get advanced training in two-electrode voltage clamp electrophysiology and protein biochemistry at Professor Heinrich Betz's laboratory at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, as an EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2008, he joined Atheris Laboratories, a private company based in Switzerland, that is specialized in the field of bioactive molecules isolated from animal venoms and other natural sources.
Biography Updated on 2 November 2011