James Poulet




Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC)


Imagine we’re in an elevator and you have until we reach our floor to pitch your project/idea.

What’s your elevator pitch?

We know that neurons in the posterior insular cortex are involved in thermotactile perception, but the role of inhibitory neurons in this region has not been studied. Here we aim to test how cortical inhibitory neurons interact with excitatory neurons to drive thermotactile perception.

What fascinates you about your project?

Working together with such collaborative group of labs interested in the same topic is extremely exciting. I believe we can achieve more together than we could have done as any single lab.

How did you come to work in the field of Neuroscience?

I had an inspiring teacher at school.

What does your family think you do for a living?

I had diverse answers to this question ranging from ‘look at how mice feel temperature’ and ‘neuroscientist’ to ‘professional cricketer’.