Ardem Patapoutian


October 17, 2021

Ardem Patapoutian (born 1967 in Beirut) - American molecular biologist of Armenian origin, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (2021).

Curriculum vitae

He was born in 1967 in Beirut to an Armenian family. His father was an accountant and writer, and his mother was a teacher and headmistress. Due to the civil war, the Armenian population emigrated from Lebanon, and therefore he attended less and less numerous classes in Armenian schools, and from the second year of high school he was forced to attend a private school. It was in high school that he became interested in exact sciences. He attended the American University in Beirut for a year, then moved to the USA in 1986. Due to lack of financial resources, he was unable to study medicine. In the end, he decided to study biology, graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990, and earning his doctorate in 1996 from the California Institute of Technology in Dr. Barbara Wold's laboratory. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked with dr. Lou Reichardt at the University of California in San Francisco as a postdoctoral fellow, in 2000 he joined The Scripps Research Institute, where he later became a professor at the Department of Neuroscience. In addition, he worked in parallel at the Genomics Institute of The Novartis Research Foundation (2000-2014). He studied ion channels that mediate the transmission of information between nerve cells. Honored with the Young Investigator Award by the Society for Neuroscience (2006) and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2014). Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016) and the National Academy of Sciences (2017), winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (2021). He lectures at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California.

Private life

Married, has one son.


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