Portrait of Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Institut Pasteur

Dr. Jean-Pierre Changeux is Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France and at the Department of Neurosciences at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He is one of the world’s leading molecular biologists and scientific theoreticians, and a pioneer of modern molecular pharmacology and neuroscience. Although he is known for his research in several fields, his seminal work has been on the structure and function of allosteric proteins, on isolating and determining the structure of the first neurotransmitter receptor, on demonstrating allosteric properties, and on the early development of the nervous system. Recently, he has focused on building computer models of brain functions such as song recognition in birds, numerical ability and the acquisition of consciousness.

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