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Sophie Veitinger, Dr.

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Dr. Sophie Veitinger studied biology at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. In 2005, she received her diploma in zoology and neurobiology. During her PhD thesis at the department of Cell Physiology at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, she investigated purinergic receptors and downstream mitochondrial Ca2+ sequestration in murine Sertoli cells. Afterwards she worked in the workgroup for Chemosensation at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. For 2,5 years she was a postdoc at the Institute for Cytobiology and Cytopathology of the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, where she also coordinated the Bioimaging Facility of the SFB593. Currently, she works as a postdoc at the department of Cell Physiology at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.

  • The Patch-Clamp Technique

    Especially in neuroscience, the physiology of ion channels has always been a major topic of interest. The development of the patch-clamp technique in the late 1970s has given electrophysiologists new prospects. It allows high-resolution current recordings not only of whole cells, but also of excised cellular patches. Even single-channel opening events can be investigated. However, with its complex technical, physical and biological background, the need for highly sensitive equipment and the huge amount of skills required of the experimenter, electrophysiology is still one of the most challenging methods in daily laboratory work.
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