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Tarek Mounir

Director of Research (DR1) CNRS, UMR 7565, CNRS-University of Lorraine, France

Directeur de Recherche 1ère Classe, CNRS
Equipe de Théorie, Modélisation et Simulations
UMR7565 CNRS – Université de Lorraine, “Structure et Réactivité des Systèmes Moléculaires Complexes’ 

Membre du conseil directoire du Laboratoire International Associé EBAM
’[Applications des Impulsions Electriques en Biologie et Médecine->]’

Directeur Adjoint de l’UMR 7565

Contact :
Tel :+33 (0) 3-72-74-52 74

Équipe TMS
UMR CNRS 7565 Université de Lorraine, FST
Boulevard des Aiguillettes, BP 239
54506 Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex,France



Research Positions :
• 2001-2002 : Poste Rouge CNRS, UMR 7565, CNRS-University of Lorraine, France
• 1997-2001 : Research Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA
Post-doctoral Training :
• 1994-1997 : Postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Molecular Modeling, Pennsylvania University, USA 
PhD Fellowship :
• 1991-1992 : CEA, Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, France
Degrees :
• 2009 : Habilitation, University of Lorraine Nancy, France
• 1994 : Doctor in Physics, Université Paris VII, Paris, France
• 1991 : M.Sc. in Physics Université de Paris VII, France


 Molecular Modelling of membranes and associated proteins-Ion Channels


• 2015- Present : Director of Research (DR1) CNRS, UMR 7565, CNRS-University of Lorraine, France
• 2009- Present : Director of Research (DR2) CNRS, UMR 7565, CNRS-University of Lorraine, France
• 2002- 2009  : Researcher (CR1) CNRS, UMR 7565, CNRS-University of Lorraine, France


• 2005 - 2013 - Users Committee of the CINES Super Computer Center, President
• 2007-Present - ERASMUS Program, Physical Sciences – Université de Lorraine, Coordinator
• 2008-Present - Steering committee of the Doctoral school “SESAMES”, Member
• 2010-Present - Scientific Management Committee of the Laboratoire Européen Associé EBAM, Member
• 2012-Present - Management Committee of the COST action, EP4Bio2Med, Founding Member, Member
• 2014-Present - Vice chair, Deputy director of the SRSMC CNRS Unit.



Simulation of model membranes and membrane bound species is in biophysics a frontier area of research seething with excitements and challenges. The availability of all the ingredients to investigate membranes, in-silico, opens new perspectives particularly in the biological front. The aim of my research is to take computer simulations to an extra level, where manipulation of molecular nano-objects in-silico, by reproducing realistic mechanisms, sheds light onto challenging multidisciplinary problems.


  •  Electroporation of cell membranes (drug and gene delivery, electroshock healing, antibacterial treatment)....
  •  Transport through voltage-gated potassium ion channels (ion conduction and selectivity, regulation, mutations, chanellopathies)
  •  Action of synthetic peptides on membranes (antibacterial action)
  •  Interaction of carbon nanostructures with membranes and membrane proteins.
  •  Membrane Oxidation, Mecanisms.
  •  Development of Coarse grained force fields for biomolecular simulation




Cournia, Z., Allen, T. W., Andricioaei, I., Antonny, B., Baum, D., Brannigan, G., Buchete, N. - V., Deckman, J. T., Delemotte, L., Val, C. del, Friedman, R., Gkeka, P., Hege, H. - C., Hénin, J., Kasimova, M. A., Kolocouris, A., Klein, M. L., Khalid, S., Lemieux, M. J., Lindow, N., Roy, M., Selent, J., Tarek, M., Tofoleanu, F., Vanni, S., Urban, S., Wales, D. J., Smith, J. C., & Bondar, A. - N. (2015). Membrane Protein Structure, Function, and Dynamics: a Perspective from Experiments and Theory. J Membrane Biol, 248(4), 611–640.
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Delemotte, L., Kasimova, M. A., Klein, M. L., Tarek, M., & Carnevale, V. (2015). Free-energy landscape of ion-channel voltage-sensor–domain activation. PNAS, 112(1), 124–129.
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Kasimova, M. A., Zaydman, M. A., Cui, J., & Tarek, M. (2015). PIP2-dependent coupling is prominent in Kv7.1 due to weakened interactions between S4-S5 and S6. Scientific Reports, 5, 7474.
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Amarouch, M. - Y., Kasimova, M. A., Tarek, M., & Abriel, H. (2014). Functional interaction between S1 and S4 segments in voltage-gated sodium channels revealed by human channelopathies. Channels, 8(5), 414–420.
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Casciola, M., Bonhenry, D., Liberti, M., Apollonio, F., & Tarek, M. (2014). A Molecular Dynamic Study of Cholesterol Rich Lipid Membranes: Comparison of Electroporation Protocols. Bioelectrochemistry, 100, 11–17.
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Conti Nibali, V., D’Angelo, G., Paciaroni, A., Tobias, D. J., & Tarek, M. (2014). On the Coupling between the Collective Dynamics of Proteins and Their Hydration Water. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 5(7), 1181–1186.
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Dehez, F., Delemotte, L., Kramar, P., Miklavčič, D., & Tarek, M. (2014). Evidence of Conducting Hydrophobic Nanopores Across Membranes in Response to an Electric Field. J. Phys. Chem. C, 118(13), 6752–6757.
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Garrec, J., Monari, A., Assfeld, X., Mir, L. M., & Tarek, M. (2014). Lipid Peroxidation in Membranes: The Peroxyl Radical Does Not “Float”. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 5(10), 1653–1658.
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Kasimova, M. A., Tarek, M., Shaytan, A. K., Shaitan, K. V., & Delemotte, L. (2014). Voltage-gated ion channel modulation by lipids: Insights from molecular dynamics simulations. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Biomembranes, 1838(5), 1322–1331.
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Polak, A., Tarek, M., Tomšič, M., Valant, J., Poklar Ulrih, N., Jamnik, A., Kramar, P., & Miklavčič, D. (2014). Structural Properties of Archaeal Lipid Bilayers: Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study. Langmuir, 30(28), 8308–8315.
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Polak, A., Tarek, M., Tomšič, M., Valant, J., Ulrih, N. P., Jamnik, A., Kramar, P., & Miklavčič, D. (2014). Electroporation of archaeal lipid membranes using MD simulations. Bioelectrochemistry, 100, 18–26.
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Polak, A., Velikonja, A., Kramar, P., Tarek, M., & Miklavčič, D. (2014). Electroporation Threshold of POPC Lipid Bilayers with Incorporated Polyoxyethylene Glycol (C12E8). J. Phys. Chem. B, 119(1), 192–200.
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Salomone, F., Breton, M., Leray, I., Cardarelli, F., Boccardi, C., Bonhenry, D., Tarek, M., Mir, L. M., & Beltram, F. (2014). High-Yield Nontoxic Gene Transfer through Conjugation of the CM18-Tat11 Chimeric Peptide with Nanosecond Electric Pulses. Mol. Pharmaceutics, 11(7), 2466–2474.
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Tarek, M. (2014). Prerequisites to proton transport in the bacterial ClC-ec1 Cl−/H+ exchanger. PNAS, 111(5), 1668–1669.
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Zaydman, M. A., Kasimova, M. A., McFarland, K., Beller, Z., Hou, P., Kinser, H. E., Liang, H., Zhang, G., Shi, J., Tarek, M., & Cui, J. (2014). Domain-domain interactions determine the gating, permeation, pharmacology, and subunit modulation of the IKs ion channel. eLife Sciences, 3, e03606.
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Abriel, H., de Lange, E., Kucera, J. P., Loussouarn, G., & Tarek, M. (2013). Computational tools to investigate genetic cardiac channelopathies. Front Physiol, 4, 390.
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Bonhenry, D., Tarek, M., & Dehez, F. (2013). Effects of Phospholipid Composition on the Transfer of a Small Cationic Peptide Across a Model Biological Membrane. J. Chem. Theory Comput., 9(12), 5675–5684.
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Lacerda, L., Ali-Boucetta, H., Kraszewski, S., Tarek, M., Prato, M., Ramseyer, C., Kostarelos, K., & Bianco, A. (2013). How do functionalized carbon nanotubes land on, bind to and pierce through model and plasma membranes. Nanoscale, 5(21), 10242–10250.
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Paciaroni, A., Conti Nibali, V., Orecchini, A., Petrillo, C., Haertlein, M., Moulin, M., Tarek, M., D’Angelo, G., & Sacchetti, F. (2013). Vibrational excitations of proteins and their hydration water in the far-infrared range. Chemical Physics, 424, 80–83.
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Polak, A., Bonhenry, D., Dehez, F., Kramar, P., Miklavčič, D., & Tarek, M. (2013). On the electroporation thresholds of lipid bilayers: molecular dynamics simulation investigations. J. Membr. Biol., 246(11), 843–850.
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Tarek, M., & Delemotte, L. (2013). Omega Currents in Voltage-Gated Ion Channels: What Can We Learn from Uncovering the Voltage-Sensing Mechanism Using MD Simulations? Acc. Chem. Res., 46(12), 2755–2762.
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Abderemane-Ali, F., Es-Salah-Lamoureux, Z., Delemotte, L., Kasimova, M. A., Labro, A. J., Snyders, D. J., Fedida, D., Tarek, M., Baro, I., & Loussouarn, G. (2012). Dual Effect of Phosphatidyl (4,5)-Bisphosphate PIP2 on Shaker K+ Channels. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 287(43), 36158–36167.
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Breton, M., Delemotte, L., Silve, A., Mir, L. M., & Tarek, M. (2012). Transport of siRNA through Lipid Membranes Driven by Nanosecond Electric Pulses: An Experimental and Computational Study. ., 134(34), 13938–13941.
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Delemotte, L., & Tarek, M. (2012). Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Lipid Membrane Electroporation. Journal of Membrane Biology, 245(9), 531–543.
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Delemotte, L., & Tarek, M. (2012). Molecular dynamics simulations of voltage-gated cation channels: insights on voltage-sensor domain function and modulation. Front. Pharmacol., 3, 97.
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Kotnik, T., Kramar, P., Pucihar, G., Miklavcic, D., & Tarek, M. (2012). Cell membrane electroporation- Part 1: The phenomenon. IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, 28(5), 14–23.
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Kramar, P., Delemotte, L., Maček Lebar, A., Kotulska, M., Tarek, M., & Miklavčič, D. (2012). Molecular-Level Characterization of Lipid Membrane Electroporation using Linearly Rising Current. Journal of Membrane Biology, 245(10), 651–659.
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Kraszewski, S., Bianco, A., Tarek, M., & Ramseyer, C. (2012). Insertion of Short Amino-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes into Phospholipid Bilayer Occurs by Passive Diffusion. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e40703.
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Loussouarn, G., & Tarek, M. (2012). Mechanisms of ion channels voltage-dependency: all about molecular sensors, gates, levers, locks, and grease. Frontiers in Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies, , 174.
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Tarek, M., & Delemotte, L. (2012). L'eau dans les processus de transport cellulaires. Biofutur, (331), 37–39.
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Vargas, E., Yarov-Yarovoy, V., Khalili-Araghi, F., Catterall, W. A., Klein, M. L., Tarek, M., Lindahl, E., Schulten, K., Perozo, E., Bezanilla, F., & Roux, B. (2012). An emerging consensus on voltage-dependent gating from computational modeling and molecular dynamics simulations. J Gen Physiol, 140(6), 587–594.
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Delemotte, L., Tarek, M., Klein, M. L., Amaral, C., & Treptow, W. (2011). Intermediate states of the Kv1.2 voltage sensor from atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(15), 6109–6114.
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Kaye, M., Schmalzl, K., Nibali, V., Tarek, M., & Rheinstädter, M. (2011). Ethanol enhances collective dynamics of lipid membranes. Physical Review E, 83(5).
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Kraszewski, S., Tarek, M., & Ramseyer, C. (2011). Uptake and Translocation Mechanisms of Cationic Amino Derivatives Functionalized on Pristine C60 by Lipid Membranes: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study. ACS Nano, 5(11), 8571–8578.
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Delemotte, L., Treptow, W., Klein, M. L., & Tarek, M. (2010). Effect of Sensor Domain Mutations on the Properties of Voltage-Gated Ion Channels: Molecular Dynamics Studies of the Potassium Channel Kv1.2. Biophysical Journal, 99(9), L72–L74.
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Khalfa, A., & Tarek, M. (2010). On the Antibacterial Action of Cyclic Peptides: Insights from Coarse-Grained MD Simulations. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114(8), 2676–2684.
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Kraszewski, S., Tarek, M., Treptow, W., & Ramseyer, C. (2010). Affinity of C-60 Neat Fullerenes with Membrane Proteins: A Computational Study on Potassium Channels. Acs Nano, 4(7), 4158–4164.
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Chapitres de Livre


Tarek, M., & Delemotte, L. (2010). Electroporation of lipid membranes. In Advanced Electroporation Techniques in Biology and Medicine Andrei Pakhomov, Damijan Miklavcic and Marko Markov, Editors. (Taylor and Francis/CRC Press ed.).
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Tarek, M., & Delemotte, L. (2010). Water and Membranes: Insights from molecular dynamics simulations. In Water, The Forgotten Biological Molecule. Denis le Bihan and Hidenao Fukuyama, Editors. (Pan Stanford Publishing ed.).
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