Patrice Guyenet

Guyenet, Patrice G.

Primary Appointment

Professor, Pharmacology


  • BS, Physiology & Biochemistry, Ecole Normale Superieure
  • PhD, Neurochemistry, University of Paris
  • Postdoc, Neuropharmacology, Yale University

Contact Information

PO Box 800735
1340 Jefferson Park Ave., Pinn Hall, Room 5240
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-924-9974
Fax: 434-982-3878

Research Disciplines

Cardiovascular Biology, Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroendocrinology, Neuroscience, Physiology

Research Interests

Neural control of blood pressure and respiration

Research Description

My research is a branch of Integrative Neuroscience, a discipline that seeks to understand how the brain processes specific types of information. The laboratory studies how the mammalian brain regulates respiration and blood pressure, two physiological processes that are dysfunctional in very common diseases (hypertension, obesity, apneic syndromes, heart failure, etc.). The work consists of identifying relevant neuronal networks in rodents using electrophysiologic and neuroanatomic methods. The main focus is on a region of the brainstem that provides the chemical drive to breathe and contains the neurons that maintain blood pressure.

Selected Publications