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Centre for Membrane Pumps in Cells and Disease - PUMPkin


The PUMPkin Centre is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. PUMPkin research investigates the structure and mechanism of membrane proteins of the P-type family, such as the sodium pump, proton pump, calcium pump, heavy metal pumps and lipid flippases, as well as (patho)physiological aspects of their function, and their potential as drug targets in human disease and pathogens.



2014.10.30 | Research news

New knowledge about neurotransmitter pathways in the brain

Insight into transport mechanisms in brain cells is extremely important in connection with disorders such as schizophrenia, epilepsy and depression, as well as in connection with producing the right medicine. Defects in proteins responsible for the transport of neurotransmitters are actually related to psychological and neurological disorders, and…

2014.08.18 | Research news

Don’t zinc - do!

Aarhus University’s PUMPkin Centre – a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation – has just succeeded in ‘taking’ the first photos of the mechanism that transports zinc out of the cells of organisms such as bacteria and plants. The study has just been published in Nature.

2014.01.20 | Awards

Master student Rasmus Pihl receives Novo Nordisk Scholarship

Rasmus Pihl er blevet tildelt et Novo Nordisk Scholarship, der giver ham økonomisk støtte under hans specialeprojekt, som udføres under vejledning af professor Poul Nissen og forskningsstipendiat Hanne Poulsen ved Institut for Molekylærbiologi og Genetik. Stipendiet giver udvalgte, dygtige studerende tid til at hellige sig deres speciale på fuld…

2014.01.16 | Awards

Award for research into the importance of the calcium pump for the heart

Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow Anne-Marie Lund Winther, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, has been awarded a L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her research into the importance of calcium balance for muscle contraction – with particular focus on the heart.

2013.12.09 | Research news

How the cells remove copper

New research from Aarhus University provides deeper insight into causes of serious diseases involving copper metabolism. Mapping the mechanism that regulates the transport of copper across the cell membrane and out of the body’s cells actually provides a new understanding of conditions related to chronic imbalance in the body’s level of copper.

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Gordon Research Seminar:
Diffraction Methods in Structural Biology

Towards Integrative Structural Biology

Time: July 26-27, 2014
Venue: Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Chair: Maike Bublitz

Registration deadlines:
Participation - June 28, 2014
Oral presentation - April 26, 2014

See programme and more details here

Highlights 2011 from the PUMPkin Centre

Read about the exciting scientific highlights during 2011, including a few words on our midterm evaluation.

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