Claus Hélix-Nielsen

DTU Sustain

  • Brovej, 118, 142

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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My research is centered on lipid-protein interactions. In particular how the hydrophobic coupling between transmembrane proteins and their host bilayer may regulate protein function through changes in the bilayer mechanical properties. Also how membrane mechanical properties affect overall membrane dynamics (e.g. vesiculation).  The technological goal of my research is to create biomimetic membranes for biosensor and separation (filtering) applications. Our techniques are electrophysiology, fluorescence-, electron paramagnetic-, and Raman spectroscopy, as well as molecular dynamics and continuum modeling.

Other information

  • Member of the Nano-Science Comittee, Universty of Copenhagen 2002.
  • Member of Biophysical Society from 1998.
  • Referee for Biophysical Journal. External Examiner for Higher Educations in Physics (medlem af censorkorpset i Fysik).
  • Postdoctoral grant from the Carlsberg Foundation 2000-2003.
  • Postdoctoral grant from the Norman and Rosita Winston Fund 1996-1998.
  • Postdoctoral grant from the Danish Reseach Council 1994-1994.

International Experience:

1995-1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University Medical College, New York, USA.

Language Skills:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching Diploma (adjunktpædagogikum), University of Copenhagen


PhD, Technical University of Denmark


Master of Engineering, Technical University of Denmark


High School, Lemvig Gymnasium


External positions

Research Director, AQUAporin ApS

2007 → …

Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark

2003 → …

Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen


Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Copenhagen


Research Assistant, Royal Veternary and Agricultural University



  • User defined:
  • Lipid-protein interactions
  • Biomimetic membranes
  • Membrane transport
  • Membrane channel proteins
  • Electrophysiology
  • Spectroscopy


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