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Jerome Lacroix, PhD

Jerome Lacroix, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Phone: 8201


Join year: 2016

  • Education

    • 2006 PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis

    • 2002 Master of Science, Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Biology, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis

    • 2001 Bachelor of Science with Major in Cell Biology and Physiology, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

    • 1999 Undergraduate degree, Major in Life Sciences, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis

  • Professional Experience

    • Assistant Professor, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA (since 03/2016)

    • Visiting scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (since 2016)

    • Post-doctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (2014-2016)

    • Research professional associate, University of Chicago (2011-2013)

    • Post-doctoral scholar, University of Chicago (2006-2011)

  • Research Interest

    The Lacroix Laboratory is dedicated to elucidate the gating mechanisms of mechanosensitive ion channels that enable our cells to feel various forms of mechanical forces. We use protein engineering, patch-clamp electrophysiology, fluorescence spectroscopy and non-invasive acoustic stimulations to discover fundamental principles underlying molecular mechanotransduction produced upon mechanical or chemical stimuli. We also create biotechnology that will allow us to "see" mechanical forces acting on cells or to remotely stimulate neurons using focused ultrasound.

  • Research Grant

    R01 GM130834 " Mechanisms of Mechanical and Chemical Gating in Mechanosensitive Piezo1 Channels" 01/06/2019-05/31/2023 (principal investigator)

    R21 NS101384-01A1 "Biophysical Studies of Non-Invasive Brain Cell Stimulation with Focused Ultrasound" - 01/01/2018-12/31/2019 (Principal Investigator)

  • Organizations
    • Faculty of F1000 (since 2013)
    • The Biophysical Society (since 2007)
  • Committees
    • GCBS Research Representative
    • GCBS Faculty Handbook Committee
    • GCBS Academic Technology Representative
    • GCBS Research Representative
    • GCBS Tenure-track Faculty Search Committee
    • GCBS Assessement Committee
    • MSMS Curriculum Committee
    • MSBS Admission Committee
  • Publications