The August Krogh Section for Human Physiology

The August Krogh Section for Human Physiology conducts cutting-edge research in the areas of basal human and exercise physiology with a focus on cardiovascular and skeletal muscle physiology in the context of health and disease as well as exercise.

Research groups


Our vision is to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research in human physiology through the utilization of invasive human experiments and novel methodologies to understand the mechanisms underpinning human health and disease.







Our research program utilizes a top-down approach to develop a mechanistic understanding of cardiovascular and skeletal muscle physiology in the context of health and disease as well as exercise.

For example, the section investigates:

  • Impact of exercise training and/or pharmacological interventions on cardiovascular and muscle health (healthy, aging, disease populations)
  • Optimization of performance in elite athletes through various ergogenic manipulations (training modalities, supplements)
  • Female-specific cardiovascular and skeletal muscle physiology in response to exercise training and/or pharmacological interventions (menstrual cycle, oral contraceptives, menopause)



Selected publications from the section

High-intensity interval training remodels the proteome and acetylome of human skeletal muscle. Hostrup M, Lemminger AK, Stocks B, Gonzalez-Franquesa A, Larsen JK, Quesada JP, Thomassen M, Weinert BT, Bangsbo J, Deshmukh AS. Elife. 2022 May 31;11:e69802.

Is the Pannexin-1 Channel a Mechanism Underlying Hypertension in Humans? a Translational Study of Human Hypertension. Gliemann L, Tamariz-Ellemann A, Collin Hansen C, Svare Ehlers T, Møller S, Hellsten Y. Hypertension. 2022 May;79(5):1132-1143. Epub 2022 Mar 16.

Changes in Immature Reticulocytes Aid the Indirect Detection of Micro-Dose Recombinant Erythropoietin use in Males and Females. Breenfeldt Andersen A, Bejder J, Bonne TC, Graae J, Seier S, Nordsborg NB. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2023 Apr 25. Online ahead of print.

Redox balance in human skeletal muscle-derived endothelial cells - Effect of exercise training. Hansen C, Møller S, Ehlers T, Wickham KA, Bangsbo J, Gliemann L, Hellsten Y. Free Radic Biol Med. 2022 Feb 1;179:144-155. Epub 2021 Dec 22.

Muscle Ionic Shifts During Exercise: Implications for Fatigue and Exercise Performance. Hostrup M, Cairns SP, Bangsbo J. Compr Physiol. 2021 Jun 30;11(3):1895-1959.

See all the publications from the section.



Head of section: Professor Ylva Hellsten

Section Research Coordinator: Kate Wickham

Visiting address
The August Krogh Section for Human Physiology
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Universitetsparken 13
DK 2100 Copenhagen

Postal address
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
The August Krogh Section for Human Physiology
Nørre Allé 51
DK 2200 Copenhagen N

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Members of research group

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Andrea Sofia Tamariz-Ellemann PhD Fellow +4535320876 E-mail
Anne Yaël Nossent Associate Professor +4535329548 E-mail
Anne-Cathrine Dragsted Academic Officer +4535330526 E-mail
Aysel Uchkan Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Camilla Collin Hansen Postdoc +4535334237 E-mail
Casper Aastrup Sejersen Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Cecilie Ottosson PhD Fellow +4535332135 E-mail
Dario Kohlbrenner Guest Researcher +4535324543 E-mail
Frank Dyrehauge Thøgersen Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Hannah Grace Caldwell Postdoc   E-mail
Jacob Bejder Assistant Professor +4535334240 E-mail
Jan Sommer Jeppesen Research Assistant +4535325869 E-mail
Jens Bangsbo Head of Centre, Professor +4535321623 E-mail
Jens Even Tidemandsen Guest Researcher   E-mail
Jens Jung Nielsen Academic Staff +4535321574 E-mail
Jesper Porsmar Atti Research Assistant   E-mail
Jonathan Graae Andreasen PhD Fellow +4535325093 E-mail
Julie Kissow Kristensen Research Assistant   E-mail
Karina Olsen Biomedical Laboratory Scientist +4535321608 E-mail
Kate Aiko Wickham Special Consultant +4535325344 E-mail
Lasse Gliemann Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4535321632 E-mail
Laura Bachmann Thomsen Research Assistant   E-mail
Line Boel Nørregaard Guest Researcher +4535326646 E-mail
Lukas Moesgaard PhD Fellow   E-mail
Mads Fischer Postdoc +4535335172 E-mail
Marcos Paulo Rocha Alves PhD Fellow   E-mail
Maria Gemma Martinez Rubio Kroos Academic Staff +4535321556 E-mail
Martin Karol Wasyniuk Visiting Student   E-mail
Martin Thomassen Academic Staff +4535321594 E-mail
Matheus Silva Norberto Guest Researcher   E-mail
Morten Hostrup Associate Professor - Promotion Programme +4535321595 E-mail
Niclas Sunde Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Nicolai Stevns Henriksen PhD Student +4535325071 E-mail
Niklas Bjørn Larsen Master Thesis Student   E-mail
Sophie Møller Postdoc +4535330982 E-mail
Søren Kaare Jessen Postdoc +4535326685 E-mail
Thibaux Firmin F Van der Stede PhD Student   E-mail
Thomas Christian Bonne Special Consultant +4535321603 E-mail
Ylva Hellsten Professor, Head of Section +4535321616 E-mail
Ylva Hellsten

Head of Section

Ylva Hellsten