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


Our laboratory uses the methods of single-cell electrophysiology (in vitro and in vivo) and sensory psychophysics to study the peripheral neural mechanisms of pain and itch in humans and animals. Please refer to the laboratory website (


  • Ph.D., Kansas State University , 1968

Selected Publication

  • 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
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