About the Ion Channel Group – University of Copenhagen

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The Ion Channel Group

Ion Channel Group

In the group we are 7 principal investigators working to clarifying key issues on the role of ion channels in the organism using complementary technologies. Ion channels are gated pores in the cell membrane allowing selective passage of small ions and governing the electrical signaling of most cells. We focus on ion channels in excitable cells including the heart, the vascular smooth muscle and the nervous system. In the cardiac field we collaborate with clinicians at Rigshospitalet to understand the genesis of cardiac arrhythmia – especially atrial fibrillation.

We have access to all modern techniques from high throughput genetic, proteomic and pharmacological screening over biochemistry and molecular biology to functional electrophysiological techniques. Further, we have developed animal models for a number of ion channel-related diseases in small and large animals ranging from zebrafish to pigs.

The principal investigators are:

Nicole Schmitt
Associate Professor

Physiology of ion channel complexes 

Søren-Peter Olesen

Cardiovascular Physiology

Bo Hjorth Bentzen
Associate Professor

Cardiac Pharmacology

Alicia Lundby
Associate Professor

Cardiac Proteomics

Morten Salling Olesen
Associate Professor

Cardiac Genetics

Hanne Borger Rasmussen

Hanne Borger Rasmussen Associate Professor

Membrane Trafficking