Ardem Patapoutian (Armenian: Արտեմ Փաթափութեան; born October 2, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon) is an Armenian Lebanese-American molecular biologist at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2021 together with David Julius.
Patapoutian came from an Armenian family in Beirut, Lebanon, and experienced the Lebanon War in 1982. He studied for one year at the American University of Beirut before emigrating to the United States in 1986. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Angeles and defended his dissertation in biology at the California Institute of Technology in 1996. In 2000, he became an assistant at the Scripps Research Institute.
Ardem Patapoutian explores sensor signal transduction. He is known for his work with the characterization of the PIEZO1, PIEZO2 and TRPM8 receptors that perceive pressure, menthol and temperature.
He received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2020, as well as - together with David Julius - the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2021 for his discoveries about temperature and touch.
Prizes and awards
2020 - Kavliprisen
2021 - Nobel Prize in Medicine
Biography at www.kavliprize.org