Sam Henderson

Dr Sam Henderson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Sam is a researcher with expertise in plant science, cell membrane biology, and ion channels. His first postdoctoral position was undertaken at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, investigating salinity tolerance in crop plants. He carried out further postdoctoral work at CSIRO, investigating the molecular basis of apomixis in plants. In 2019, he joined Andrea Yool’s team in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, to study the fundamental roles of human aquaporins.

Aquaporins (AQPs) are channels that conduct water and small solutes across cell membranes. Our laboratory aims to understand the physiological role of water and ion conductivity of human AQPs in health and disease.

We use a range of techniques including:

• Recombinant protein production and purification
• Patch-clamp electrophysiology
• Two-electrode voltage clamp (TEVC) electrophysiology
• Cell swelling assays
• Cell culture
• Microbiology
• Advanced microscopy

Date Grant Title Investigators Funding Body
2020 - 2021

Replacing frog oocytes and animal antibodies in aquaporin research: Developing an animal-free analysis platform to assess human Aquaporin-1 channels involved in cancer cell migration.

Henderson, SW; Yool AJ; Martinac B  The Medical Advances Without Animals (MAWA) Trust
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130592
  • Email: sam.henderson@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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