This project aims to establish a high-throughput, automated patch clamp facility to enable research at the forefront of cell phenotyping and drug discovery.

Ion channels are membrane proteins that underlie cell function and are therefore important drug targets.

The patch clamp technique is the most powerful tool available to functionally characterise cells and study the function of ion channels. The significant advance provided by the high-throughput, automated patch clamp system is that it allows up to 384 cells to be recorded simultaneously.

This project expects to enhance capacity to automate and standardise the quality of recordings, substantially increase the rate of data production, and enable greater access to patch clamp technology.

Funding body

Australian Research Council

Scheme name

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Grant

Years funded


Lead institution

University of Wollongong