Institut de Biologie StructuraleGrenoble / France

ERC Consolidator Grant for Christophe Moreau

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a "Consolidator Grant" to Christophe Moreau for a project aiming at developing the Ion Channel-Coupled Receptor (ICCR) technology for in vitro diagnostic applications.

Christophe Moreau is a CNRS Researcher in the CHANNELS group of the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS - mixed research unit operated by CEA, CNRS and UGA). His project entitled ’NANOZ-ONIC’ will receive € 1.77 million financial support from the ERC over 5 years. Scientific excellence at European level is one of the main criteria for the selection of these awards which are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme strengthens independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

What is this project about ?
This ICCR technology will be interfaced with nano-electronic devices in partnership with Prof. Tai Hyun PARK and Prof. Seunghun HONG from the National University of Seoul. ICCRs were created in our group by linking membrane receptors, belonging to the G Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) family, to an ion channel. When the receptor recognizes a specific molecule (ligand), the ion channel generates an electrical signal which is independent of intracellular signaling pathways and easily detectable by standard electrophysiological techniques or micro/nano-electronic devices.