Materials & Nanoscience

Self-organization of Membrane Systems (#259)

This symposium will focus on research involving the self-organization of lipid membrane systems both for understanding cellular membrane structure and function and for the development of novel materials with biomimetic properties. Cell membrane function is dependent upon the organization of membrane components to form structured assemblies that perform specific tasks, such as in signaling, energy transformation and storage, and material uptake and transport. While the identification of essential protein and lipid components involved in these assemblies has progressed over the years, there is still a need for further understanding of the mechanisms by which these assemblies form. Model systems, mimicking essential membrane properties, provide a valuable route towards understanding the role of membrane architecture and functional processes involved in self-organizing systems, such as membrane microdomains, protein-membrane supramolecular assembly, energy dissipation, and recognition phenomena. These model systems also enable nano- to micro-scale analyses of the formed structures using state-of-the-art characterization tools as well as theoretical approaches. Topics included in this symposium covers an intersection of research between cell membrane science and soft nanomaterials, and will provide a unique platform at Pacifichem 2015 for cross-pollinating ideas involving self-organizing systems.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015