Robert H LaMotte PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology and of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiologyAnesthesiology: NIH T32 Program; LaMotte Lab

Research Interests

Pain; Dorsal root ganglion; Neurons; Electrophysiological; Neurochemical; Itch; Psychophysical; pruritic; Nociceptive sensations; Anesthesiology; Electrophysiology; Nervous System; Neurophysiology; Sensory System more...


  • Ph.D., Kansas State University, 1968

Selected Publications

  • Han, L., Ma, C., Liu, Q., Weng, H.J., Cui, Y., Tang, Z., Kim, Y., Nie, H., Qu, L., Patel, K.N., Li, Z., McNeil, B., He, S., Guan, Y., Xiao, B., LaMotte, R.H. & Dong, X. (2012). A subpopulation of nociceptors specifically linked to itch. Nature Neuroscience 16(2), 174-182. PMCID: PMC3557753
  • Liu, Q., Sikand, P., Ma, C., Tang, Z., Han, L., Li, Z., Sun, S., LaMotte, R.H. & Dong, X. (2012). Mechanisms of itch evoked by beta-alanine. Journal of Neuroscience 32(42), 14532–14537. PMCID: PMC3491570
  • Ma C, Nie H, Gu Q, Sikand P, LaMotte RH. In-vivo responses of cutaneous C-mechanosensitive neurons in mouse to punctate chemical stimuli that elicit itch and nociceptive sensations in humans. J. Neurophysiol 107(1):357-63, 2012.



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