Computational modeling of ion channels provides key insight into experimental electrophysiology results and can be used to connect channel dynamics to emergent phenomena observed at the tissue and organ levels. However, creation of these models requires substantial mathematical and computational background. This tutorial seeks to lower the barrier to creating these models by providing an automated pipeline for creating Markov models of an ion channel kinetics dataset. We start by detailing how to encode sample voltage-clamp protocols and experimental data into the program and its implementation in a cloud computing environment. We guide the reader on how to build a containerized instance, push the machine image, and finally run the routine on cluster nodes. While providing open-source code has become more standard in computational studies, this tutorial provides unprecedented detail on the use of the program and the creation of channel models, starting from inputting the raw experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere374
JournalCurrent Protocols
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • ion channels
  • kinetic models
  • optimization


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