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Michael Broberg Palmgren

Michael Broberg Palmgren



The focus of our research group is biological pumps found in plants. Our goal is to learn how such pumps function, how they are regulated, and what their physiological roles are.
P-type ATPases form a large family of pumps in plants. P-type ATPases are fuelled by ATP and catalyze the transport of a solute, typically a cation, from one side of a lipid bilayer membrane to the other. The P in P-type indicates that these pumps form a phosphorylated reaction cycle intermediate. In plants, there are different P-type pumps pumping protons, calcium, heavy metals and perhaps also phospholipids. P-type pumps that we study are, amongst other functions, essential for nutrient uptake, stress tolerance, vesicle formation in the secretory pathway and signal transduction.

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Current functions:

Professor in Plant Physiology at the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology
Participant in the Danish National Research Foundation “Centre for Membrane pumps in cells and disease” (PUMPKIN)
Vice-Chairman, the Danish Natural Science Research Council (FNU)
Co-editor, The Plant Cell
Faculty member, Faculty of 1000

Academic degrees:

2003: D. Sc. (dr. scient.), KVL
1990: Ph.D. (fil. dr.) in Plant Biochemistry, University of Lund
1987: M. Sc. in Molecular Biology, University of Copenhagen


1998-present: Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Univ. of Copenhagen (formerly KVL)
2004-05: Head of Department, Department of Plant Biology, KVL
2002: Visiting Professor, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
1995-1997: Associate Professor, Molecular Biology Institute, Univ. of Copenhagen
1993-1995: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Biology, KVL
1992: EMBO Long-term Fellow, August Krogh Institute, Univ. of Copenhagen
1990-1991: EMBO Long-term Fellow, EMBL, Heidelberg


Has published 102 papers in international journals with peer review; >9800 citations in the scientific literature (h-index = 42; 20 papers with >100 citations; May 2011).

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