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We study ion channels in all their facets. TRP channels, the superfamily of transient receptor potential channels, are our favourites.

Thomas Voets

Group Leader
VIB Group leader since July 2017
Professor: Dept. Cellular & Molecular Med., KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium since 2002
Postdoc: Max Planck Inst. for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, 1998-2001
PhD: KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 1998

Research areas

Cell Biology Molecular neurology Neurobiology Structural biology

​​​​​​​Research Focus

Our research team focuses on a superfamily of cation channels, the transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, which includes 27 human members. There is a striking diversity in the stimuli that can regulate the gating of the TRP channels, which include physical stimuli such as temperature and voltage, as well as various endogenous and exogenous chemical ligands.

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We are always on the lookout for highly motivated colleagues to join our team. If you are interested, please contact us.



The Thomas Voets Lab can only thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its people, no matter what their function or seniority.



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