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Nanna MacAulay

Nanna MacAulay

Associate Professor

Nanna MacAulay

Born 15th December 1972

Education

1995BSc in biology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark
1998MSc in biochemistry at McGill University, Canada (Prof Rhoda Blostein)
T
hesis: Functional consequences of mutations in cytoplasmic domains of the sodium pump alpha subunit
2002PhD in medicine at Department of Medical Physiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Prof Ulrik Gether and Prof Thomas Zeuthen) Thesis: Molecular mechanisms of ligand and water transport in neurotransmitter transporters
Positions
2002-2003Postdoc at Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, Dnmark (Prof Jørn Hounsgaard, spinal chord slice physiology)
2004Maternity leave (10 months)
2004-2006Associate professor at Department of Medical Physiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2006-2007Maternity leave with twins (13 months)
2006-2015Associate professor (with tenure) at Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen
2015- Associate professor (with tenure) at Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

Awards

2012    Recipient of the Danish Research Council’s career programme
           ‘Sapere Aude’
2008    Recipient of L’Oreal, Unesco and the Royal Danish Academy
           of Sciences’ scholarship to ‘Young Women in Natural Sciences’
2006    Recipient of the Danish Independent Research Council’s 
          ’Young Elite Researcher’s Award’

External research grants (total of around 20 mio Dkr (~ 3.5 mio USD) since 2005)

Ongoing Research Support from:
Danish research council (FSS, Sapere Aude)
Velux foundation
Lundbeck foundation
Thorberg’s foundation

Internal strategic research funding (total of around 3.5 mio Dkr (~700.000 USD)

Conference organization

Co-organizer of ‘The Scandinavian Conference on Molecular Physiology of Channels and Transporters’ taking place in Stockholm, Sweden every two years (2008-).

Ad hoc Session organizer at the annual ‘Joint Meeting on Membrane Transport at the Sandbjerg Estate’, Denmark

Reviewing and editorial board membership

2013- Member of the editorial board of GLIA

Ad hoc reviewer for: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Journal of Physiology, European Biophysical Journal, GLIA, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, Journal of Neurochemistry, European Journal of Physiology – Pflügers Archives, Neurochemical research, Neuroreport

Teaching

2005- Teaching cell biology and excitable cells to students of medicine, odontology and molecular biomedicine (lectures, class room teaching, and practicals)
2012-Participant in the work group on reorganization of the curriculum and structure of the cell biology course at the Faculty of Health Science
2013-Responsible for the fraction of the cell biology course dealing with proteins, membranes, transport and membrane potentials (block A)


Professional affiliations and activities

2013-Co-chair of the Society of Physiology’s special interest group “Molecular physiology of channels and transporters’
2011-Member of the strategic research committee at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen
2009-Member of >18 PhD theses evaluation committees (11 as chairman) in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Helsinki, Oslo
2009-Member of four evaluation committees for assistant and associate professorships at Universities of Aarhus and Copenhagen
2008-2015Member of the research committee at Dept of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen
2008-Member, Society of Neuroscience
2005-Member, Scandinavian Society of Physiology


Other qualifications

2003+2008Completion of advanced courses in teaching of medical students
2005Completion of the national course on experimental animals (to obtain license)
2005-2010Participant in Nordic Center of Excellence for Water Imbalance-related Disorders
2009Completion of project management course at University of Copenhagen
2010Completion of the national course on isotope technique (to obtain license)
2010Completion of course on management of research groups at University of Copenhagen.


Scientific presentations (Since 2008)

  • 2008 Three AQP4 isoforms: a functional difference? Molecular physiology of channels and transporters, Scandinavian Physiological Society, Sigtuna, Sweden
  • 2009Water transport in the brain – at the molecular level. Danish Society for Neuroscience, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2010Vandtransport i hjernen – hvor lidt vi ved. Department meeting in neuroanaestesiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2011 Cotransporter-mediated water transport - a possible mechanism behind cell swelling in spreading depolarization? Symposium (Cortical spreading depolarization (SD): Emerging pathophysiologic mechanism in the acutely injured brain) at the 44th Winter Conference on Brain Research, Keystone, USA
  • 2011 Water transport in the brain – at the molecular level. Neuroscience seminars, Medical College of Georgia, USA.
  • 2011 AQP4: A major player in brain water homeostasis – or maybe not? Seminar at Department of Biophysics and Physiology, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2011 Brain water transport: A key role for AQP4 – or not? Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2012 Brain water transport: A key role for AQP4 – or not? Neuroscience seminars, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
  • 2012 Connexin43 hemichannels in oocytes: a gated pathway for dyes but not for ions? Symposium at the 45th Winter Conference on Brain Research, Snowbird, Utah, USA
  • 2012 Water transport across the blood-brain-barrier; molecular mechanisms and their possible roles in edema. Sandbjerg meeting on membrane transport; the blood brain barrier; structure, function and role in drug delivery, Denmark
  • 2012 Cx43 hemichannels – for your dyes only? Seminar at Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA
  • 2012 Brain water transport: A key role for AQP4 – or not? Seminar at Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University at Buffalo, New York, USA
  • 2013 Cx43 hemichannels – for your dyes only? Ion channel Symposium, Danish Arrhythmia Research Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2013 Cx43 hemichannels – for your dyes only? University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA; Mini Symposium “Physiology and Pathophysiology of Astroglia”.
  • 2014 Astrocytic large-pore channels: Activation and permeation. Seminar at Department of General Zoology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany    
  • 2014 K+ clearance in the brain – which molecular mechanisms? Gordon Research Conference on Membrane Transport Proteins, Vermont, USA
  • 2014 Gating of AQP4 – phosphorylation versus protonation. Scandinavian Physiological Society, Stockholm, 2014
  • 2014 Connexin hemichannels – half the story? UK Gap junction meeting, Glascow, Scotland, 2014
  • 2015  Astrocytic and neuronal large-pore (hemi)channels: Activation and permeability. Departmental seminar, Institute of Cellular Neurosciences, University of Bonn
  • 2015 Water transport in the brain. Copenhagen Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Research Seminar, Danish Headache Center and Department of Neuroopthalmology, Glostrup Hospital, Denmark

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