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Research interests

Ion channels are transmembrane spanning proteins that allow the passage of ions from one side of the membrane to the other. These macromolecular proteins play critical roles in numerous physiological functions, such as controlling neuronal excitability. However, abnormal functioning of ion channels can cause disorders including epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmia, ataxia and cancer. My lab uses a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the molecular basis of, and developing therapies for, a spectrum of diseases arising from ion channel dysfunction. This includes research into elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind traditional herbal medicines, particularly the discovery of novel small molecule activators. Other interests include investigating the relationship between channel-transporter or “chansporter” interactions, and how these complexes can be influenced by the metabolic environment, and investigating fungal potassium channels as a strategy for future antifungal therapies.   

Education/Academic qualification



External positions

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California at Irvine



  • QP Physiology

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Potassium Channels Medicine & Life Sciences
KCNQ Potassium Channels Medicine & Life Sciences
Anticonvulsants Medicine & Life Sciences
Traditional Medicine Medicine & Life Sciences
Protein Isoforms Medicine & Life Sciences
Ion Channels Medicine & Life Sciences
Voltage-Gated Potassium Channels Medicine & Life Sciences
Computer Simulation Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2017 2020

M-channel activation contributes to the anticonvulsant action of the ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate

Manville, R., Papanikolaou, M. & Abbott, G., 14 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 372, 2, p. 148-156 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ketone Bodies
Ketogenic Diet

Cilantro leaf harbors a potent potassium channel-activating anticonvulsant

Manville, R. & Abbott, G., 1 Oct 2019, In : The FASEB Journal. 33, 10, p. 11349-11363 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Potassium Channels
Protein Isoforms
Voltage-Gated Potassium Channels
Open Access
KCNQ Potassium Channels
potassium channels
glycine (amino acid)
Computer Simulation

KCNQ5 activation is a unifying molecular mechanism shared by genetically and culturally diverse botanical hypotensive folk medicines

Manville, R., van der horst, J., Redford, K., Katz, B., Jepps, T. & Abbott, G., 30 Sep 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 42, p. 21236-21245 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Potassium Channels
Traditional Medicine

Teamwork: Ion channels and transporters join forces in the brain

Manville, R. & Abbott, G., 5 Apr 2019, In : Neuropharmacology. 161, 107601.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ion Channels
Neurotransmitter Transport Proteins
KCNQ2 Potassium Channel