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IQTC seminar 22nd March

On Thursday the 22nd of March, there will be a IQTC seminar given by:
Dr. Nick Brooks from the Department of Chemistry, Imperial College
London, UK
(visiting group of Carme Rovira)

Title: “Triggering Dynamic Structural Changes in Model Lipid Membranes”
Place: Sala d’Actes, Departament de Ciencia de Materials i Quimica Fisica
Time: 12:00


Lipid membrane structural dynamics and micromechanics are
vitally important to a wide range of cellular processes including
mediating protein activity, signalling, material transport and apoptosis
(programmed cell death). Developing model systems to study the
structural and energetic behavior of membranes, and methods to trigger
changes in these parameters are essential to understanding the
contributions of the many components that make up biological membranes.
   We have recently developed a range of novel instruments for
studying soft matter and biological system at non-ambient conditions and
out-of-equilibrium. Amongst these, our new platforms for high pressure
and pressure-jump microscopy and small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXS)
have led to a series of exciting studies of the pressure dependence of
key micromechanical membrane parameters and membrane structural dynamics.
   Of particular interest are recent first measurements of the bending
rigidity of lipid membranes under pressure, rapid triggering of domain
growth in mixed lipid membranes and the coupled effects of anaesthetics
and pressure on membrane structure.