Channels of Perception: How do we sense touch, sound, balance and force?
|Date||Mon 22 May|
|Time||14:15 — 16:15|
|Location||The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C|
Perception of force is a key component in our sense of e.g. touch, hearing, blood pressure and pain. Central to these concepts is that force translates into electrical conductance through the activity of mechanosensitive ion channels that sense membrane disturbances. Conceptually, this is perfectly conceivable, but fundamental knowledge about what occurs in a lipid membrane stimulated by force, and how bilayer responses are sensed by channels, is currently lacking. I demonstrate new surprising insights to these theories through single channel recordings of mechanosensitive TREK-2 channels.
Michael Voldsgaard Clausen is a trained molecular biologist with a specialization in electrophysiology. After studying sodium pump isoforms for several years Michael turned his interest toward ion channels and became particularly fascinated by the many difficult and unresolved biophysical questions that dominate mechanosensitivity research. Michael received his PhD from Aarhus University in 2012, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford before starting his AIAS fellowship in 2016.
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