Petri Kursula, Ph.D.

Structural Biology of the Myelin Membrane

Project leader: Petri Kursula, Ph.D, Docent of Neurobiochemistry,
Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine & Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen

mailing address:
P.O. Box 3000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland

street address:
University of Oulu, Aapistie 7A, FIN-90220 Oulu, Finland
e-mail: petri.kursula (at)


About the project

The myelin sheath enables the rapid transmission of nerve impulses in the vertebrate nervous system. The multilayered myelin membrane, tightly wrapped around axons, contains a number of specific proteins involved in myelin formation and neurological diseases. We are interested in the structure–function relationships in this diverse set of proteins, in order to better understand the tight packing of the myelin membrane and the factors governing its function in nervous system development, function, and disease. We also use these molecules as general models for studying protein–membrane interactions and the formation of stacked membrane multilayers. 

Project details

  1. Background and Significance
  2. Recent Progress
  3. Future Goals
  4. Publications 2014-
  5. Research Group Members
  6. National and International Activities

Last updated: 23.3.2016