Discover some of our research that is related to physiology.
Cardiovascular physiology and exercise
Dick Thijssen's research group focuses on the field of cardiovascular physiology and physical (in)activity. His work strongly focuses on understanding the impact of exercise training and physical activity on reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Epithelial ion transport: a matter of structure, function, and regulation
Jenny van der Wijst's research group studies the regulation of epithelial ion transport, with a fundamental focus on the electrophysiological analysis combined with the biochemistry of ion channels, membrane transporters and cell signaling.
Thijs Eijsvogels’ research group studies the acute and long-term effects of exercise on health. Current projects involve cardiac imaging following lifelong exercise training, optimizing cardiac rehab, assessing thermoregulatory responses in elite athletes and development of cooling strategies.
Magnesium in health and disease
Jeroen de Baaij's research group examines the role of magnesium in health and disease. His team studies the regulation of magnesium handling by the intestine and the kidney, as well as the role of magnesium in disease including diabetes mellitus type 2 and chronic kidney disease.
Renal electrolyte handling
René Bindels' research group studies the regulation of ion transport processes in kidney and small intestine in health and disease. Current projects involve the molecular mechanisms underlying rare tubulopathies and the regulation of the newly identified calcium, magnesium and sodium transporters.
Joost Hoenderop's group focuses on tubular transport of calcium, magnesium and sodium by the kidney tubule and the changes therein. For acquired renal disorders, uncovering the underlying mechanism, prevention and rational treatments for drug-induced toxicities is a main focus.