Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Dr. Derek Bowie earned his doctorate from the University of London, held postdoctoral fellow positions at the Université Louis Pasteur (France), University of Zurich (Switzerland) and the National Institutes of Health (USA) before joining the faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. He joined McGill in 2002 and is currently a Full Professor and Director of GEPROM, a FRQS-funded research group of McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal. He serves/served on the editorial boards of several periodicals (e.g. Journal of Physiology, Current Neuropharmacology, European Journal of Neuroscience).
The Bowie Lab studies the two major neurotransmitter receptors of the brain, namely ionotropic glutamate receptors and GABA-A receptors. Both receptor families are widespread in the vertebrate brain and fulfill many important roles in healthy individuals as well as being implicated in disease states (e.g. autism, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease). These receptors are studied to understand how they shape neuronal circuit behaviour and how they may be targeted to treat CNS disease.