Pardo, Luis A., Prof. Dr.
Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine
- 1986 M.D., University of Oviedo, Spain
- 1990 Ph.D. University of Oviedo, Spain
- 1991-1993 Postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry
- 1994-1996 Researcher, University of Oviedo, Spain
- 1997-2000 Senior researcher, Max-Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine
- 2001-2003 Chief Scientific Officer, iOnGen AG
- since 2004 group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine
- since 2008 Max-Planck Research Group Leader
- since 2011, Appl. Professor, University Medical Center Göttingen
Major Research Interests
Our research interest focuses on the role of ion channels in the initiation and progression of tumors. For this, we take advantage of the knowledge of the physiology and molecular biology of channels and use electrophysiological techniques along with advanced microscopy, protein engineering and animal models. Most of our work has been on a particular potassium channel frequently expressed (75%) in human tumors. We try to take advantage of the particular features of ion channels (for example, their surface expression) to design novel diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
We also try to understand the mechanisms underlying the role of ion channels in tumors, regarding both permeation properties as well as non-canonical functions.
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