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Poul Nissen

Center director & senior groupleader

Poul Nissen is the center director of the PUMPkin Centre and professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, where he is also part of the Section for Structural Biology (also called Centre for Structural Biology).

With Poul Nissen as the groupleader, his research group uses methods such as X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, electrophysiology, biochemical methods, cell biology, and bioinformatics to study membrane proteins. The focus of their research is on active transport schemes across the membrane, specifically on P-type ATPases (such as Na+,K+-ATPase, Ca2+-ATPase and H+-ATPase), but focus is also on other membrane pumps such as the heavy metal pumps. Also the structure and function of transporters like the serotonine transporter and receptors of the sortilin/SorLA-family are studied. Furthermore, Poul Nissen's research group is investigating structure-based approaches in drug discovery and design.

Poul Nissen has a background in crystallographic studies of translation factors and the ribosome. He became interested in P-type ATPases when he returned back to Denmark from his postdoctoral stay at Yale University where he worked on unraveling the structure and function of the ribosome in the laboratory of 2009 Nobel Prize laureate Thomas A. Steiz.

Contact information


Centre for Membrane Pumps in Cells and Disease - PUMPkin
Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
Gustav Wieds Vej 10C
8000 Aarhus C

Office: building 3130, 2. floor, office 2.2.02
Email: pn@mb.au.dk
Phone: +45 8715 5508
Mobile: +45 2899 2295

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