Dr Mike Althaus

Group leader


Mike studied Biology at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and recieved his PhD in ion channel and epithelial transport physiology in 2010. He obtained his habilitation and venia legendi in Animal Physiology in 2015 and is a "Privatdozent" of the Faculty of Biology & Chemistry at Justus-Liebig University. After a short stay as a research scientist at the Saarland University School of Medicine in Homburg, Germany, he joined Newcastle University as a Lecturer in Animal Physiology in 2017.

Lukas Wichmann

PhD Student


Lukas is working on a comparative physiological project and is currently characterising atypical isoforms of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) in amphibians (Xenopus laevis).

Maria Tzika

UG Summer student

Maria is a Stage 2 Biology student and is characterising isoforms of mammalian epithelial sodium channels  with single-channel Patch-Clamp experiments. 

Yinghui Ling, PhD

Visiting Researcher


Yinghui Ling studied Animal Genetics and Reproduction at the Institute of Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and received his PhD in Animal Genetics and Breeding in July, 2010. From August, 2010 – July, 2012, he worked at the College of Animal Science and Technology, Anhui Agricultural University, China, as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2012, he joined Anhui Agricultural University as a lecturer. In 2014, he was appointed as an Associate Professor.

Majd Moghrabi

MSc Student


Majd is working on the importance of subunit-specific glycosylation and proteolytic activation of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) in amphibians (Xenopus laevis).

Toby Curless

UG Summer student

Toby is a Stage 2 Biology student and is investigating the effect of specific mutations affecting intersubunit interactions of the epithelial sodium channel and their effect on channel activity and regulation by extracellular stimuli.

Sean M. Gettings

PhD student


Sean joined the lab in January 2018 and is working on a collaborative project with Dr Greetje Vande Velde (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Dr Matthias Schoenberger (Novartis). He investigates the molecular physiology and pharmacology of the mammalian epithelial sodium channel (ENaC).

Nefsun Danis

Erasmus Student


Nefsun joined us from Firat University in Turkey and is currently characterising epithelial sodium channels in African lungfish.

Zeshan Sheikh

Visiting Researcher


Zeshan is visiting us from the lab of Dr Stephan Pless at the University of Copenhagen. Zeshan joined us in order to perform single-channel Patch-clamp experiments.

Jasdip S Dulai

MPharm Student 2018


Jasdip studied Pharmacy at Durham University and undertook his master’s research project in our lab. He continues his interests in cellular physiology through a PhD exploring the role of ’Acid Sensing Ion channels in ‘Inflammatory Pain Present in Cancer Patients’ with the Smith Lab, Cambridge University.

Stage 3 project students 2018/19

Our Stage 3 "cell physiology project students" (left to right): Caitlin Gadsby, Emma Carter, Summer Browne, Grace Padden. 

Stage 3 project students 2017/18

Sean with some of our Stage 3 "ENaC project students" (left to right): Natalie Blyth, Oskar Kalling-Smith, Abbie Storah and Shane Colclough.

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