Claus Hélix-Nielsen

Claus Hélix-Nielsen

Head of Department


Building: 115, 010

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45252228

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.



1980 - 1983 High School - Lemvig Gymnasium
1983 - 1990 Master of Engineering - Technical University of Denmark
1990 - 1993 PhD - Technical University of Denmark
2002 - 2002 Teaching Diploma (adjunktpædagogikum) - University of Copenhagen

Academic grades


Professional experience

1993 - 1994 Research Assistant - Royal Veternary and Agricultural University, Anatomy and Physiology
1994 - 1995 Postdoctoral Fellow (AK-ZL) - University of Copenhagen, August Krogh Institute
1995 - 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow - Cornell University, Medicall College
2000 - 2003 Assistant Professor (AKK-ZL) - University of Copenhagen, August Krogh Institute
2003 - Associate Professor (DTU-FYS) - Technical University of Denmark, Physics Institute
2007 - Research Director - AQUAporin ApS



International experience

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

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.

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  • Biophysical Journal

    ISSNs: 0006-3495

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0523-6800

    Cell Press, United States

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.26 SJR 2.018 SNIP 1.049, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Membranes

    ISSNs: 2077-0375

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2077-0375

    Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Switzerland

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.28 SJR 0.615 SNIP 1.011, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed no, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes

    Indexed in DOAJ

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  • Journal of Membrane Science

    ISSNs: 0376-7388

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1873-3123

    Elsevier, Netherlands

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 7.24 SJR 2.119 SNIP 1.761, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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