Michael N Nitabach PhD, JD

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Genetics

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Genetics and Genomics | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramCellular & Molecular Physiology: Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Nitabach LaboratoryGenetics

Research Interests

Neurophysiology; Molecular genetics; Systems Physiology; Animal Behavior more...


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1995
  • J.D., New York University, 1998

Selected Publications

  • Cao, G., Platisa, J., Pieribone, V.A., Raccuglia, D., Kunst, M., Nitabach, M.N. (2013). Genetically targeted optical electrophysiology in intact neural circuits. Cell 154: 904-13.
  • Gui, J., Liu, B., Cao, G., Lipchik, A.M., Perez, M., Dekan, Z., Mobli, M., Daly, N.L., Alewood, P.F., Parker, L.L., King, G.F., Zhou, Y., Jordt, S.-E., Nitabach, M.N. (2014). A tarantula-venom peptide antagonises the TRPA1 nociceptor ion channel by binding to the S1-S4 gating domain. Curr. Biol. 24: 473-83. [PMCID: PMC3949122] [covered by The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/science/the-peruvian-green-velvet-tarantulas-gift.html]
  • Kunst, M., Hughes, M.E., Raccuglia, D., Felix, M., Li, M., Barnett, G., Duah, J., Nitabach, M.N. (in press). CGRP neurons mediate sleep-specific circadian output in Drosophila. Curr. Biol..



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