To understand and take control of the electric activity in the body

Specialized proteins – ion channels – are critical for our heart rhythm and signaling within the nervous system. Mutated, dysfunctional ion channels can cause severe disease.

In my research, I try to understand the very fine molecular details of how mutations impair ion channel function. I also aim to develop new pharmacological avenues to restore the function of these ion channels. 

My research group works with ion channels that play important roles in the heart, nervous system and muscle tissue. However, I am particularly interested in cardiac ion channels. Mutations in these ion channels cause cardiac arrhythmias in patients, such as atrial and ventricular fibrillation, which may cause sudden cardiac death. How specific mutations cause cardiac arrhythmia is not known for many mutations and there is no medical drug that restores the function of these channels. My hope is that our research will contribute to improved treatments for these arrhythmias and related disorders. 

Neuroscience Postdoctoral Programme
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We always look forward to hearing from students and postdocs who are interested in joining our team as master students, PhD students or postdoctoral fellows. Please contact me at

We are presently particularly interested in strengthening our team with postdoctoral fellows within our ERC Project on how endogenous molecules modulate voltage-gated ion channels and how this can be utilized to develop new pharmacological strategies. This project will require experimental efforts (primarily electrophysiology studies of human voltage-gated Kv7 potassium channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes) as well as computation efforts (primarily molecular dynamics simulations of interaction between ligands and Kv7 channels). Therefore, candidates with either experimental or computational training are encouraged to contact me.

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Sara Liin, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Rene Barro-Soria, Mark Alexander Skarsfeldt, Johan Larsson, Frida Starck Härlin, Teija Parkkari, Bo Hjorth Bentzen, Nicole Schmitt, H. Peter Larsson, Fredrik Elinder (2015)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , Vol.112 , s.5714-5719 Continue to DOI

Sara Liin, Samira Yazdi, Rosamary Ramentol, Rene Barro-Soria, H. Peter Larsson (2018)

Cell reports , Vol.24 , s.2908-2918 Continue to DOI

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About me
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Assistant Professor at Linköping University 

Junior group leader at Linköping University

PhD in Neurobiology

Master in Medical Biology


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Miami

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, SciLifeLab



Medical Programme

Master Programme in Medical Biosciences

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