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Dr Anthony Lewis

Senior Lecturer



Anthony was awarded a First Class BSc Honours degree in Physiology at the University of Leeds (1995-1998), where he stayed to conduct his doctoral thesis in the laboratory of Prof Paul Kemp (1998-2002). Here he used a combination of molecular biology and electrophysiology to identify and characterise oxygen-sensitive potassium channels. After defending his thesis, Anthony moved to the Division of Cardiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York to work as a Postdoctoral Associate in Medicine with Prof Geoff Abbott (2002-2004) on the novel interactions of voltage-gated potassium channels with ancillary subunits of the KCNE gene family and their physiological roles in excitable tissues. In 2005, Anthony broadened his research into ion channel physiology, taking up a post in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago working with Prof Steve Goldstein (2005-2009) to identify and characterise novel potassium channels from human pathogenic micro-organisms.

Anthony joined the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth as Lecturer in 2009 and is now Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Admissions Tutor for the Pharmacology undergraduate course.

Anthony leads the Ion Channel Research Group, whose primary research interests include the identification, biophysical characterisation and physiology of fungal and mammalian potassium channels in health and disease.

For more information about my research please visit my lab page.

Research Interests

  • Ion Channel Research Group
  • Mammalian potassium channel structure-function relationships in health and disease
  • Biophysics and physiology of fungal potassium channels

Techniques used in the lab include electrophysiology (two-electrode voltage clamp and patch clamp), molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, biochemistry and immunocytochemistry.

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