Institut für Physiologie II
Robert-Koch-Str. 27 b
T: 0251 / 83-55336

Curriculum vitae
I studied biology and molecular biomedicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and the Hasselt University (Belgium). My PhD thesis focused on the nanomechanical properties of human endothelial cells with regard to blood-pressure dependent effects. In 2014 I joined Prof. Albrecht Schwab's laboratory to study adhesive tumour cell-cell interaction forces and the regulatory role of ion transporters and pH played therein. To study these effects in a 3D model, I did an internship at the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). In 2017 I became ‘Nachwuchsprofessorin’ at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster. Now I decided to be the manager of the Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network pHioniC.

Research Projects

  • Publications

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    1. Paar M, Pavenstädt H, Kusche-Vihrog K, Drüppel V, Oberleithner H, Kliche K. Endothelial sodium channels trigger endothelial salt sensitivity with aging. Hypertension. 2014 Aug;64(2):391-6.
    2. Korte S*, Sträter AS*, Drüppel V, Oberleithner H, Jeggle P, Grossmann C, Fobker M, Nofer JR, Brand E, Kusche-Vihrog K. Feedforward activation of endothelial ENaC by high sodium. FASEB J. 2014 May 27. pii: fj.14-250282


    1. Drüppel V, Kusche-Vihrog K, Grossmann C, Gekle M, Kasprzak B, Brand E, Pavenstädt H, Oberleithner H, Kliche K. Long-term application of the aldosterone antagonist spironolactone prevents stiff endothelial cell syndrome. FASEB J. 2013 Sep;27(9):3652-9.


    1. Peters W, Drüppel V, Kusche-Vihrog K, Schubert C, Oberleithner H. Nanomechanics and sodium permeability of endothelial surface layer modulated by hawthorn extract WS 1442. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):e29972.