Biological membranes were believed to be fluid and membrane components, such as proteins, were expected to freely diffuse. The lipid bilayer was thus merely regarded as a 'bag' containing the rest of the cell and, at best, as a 'solvent' for proteins. However, over the past few years evidence has accumulated suggesting that biological membranes are neither unstructured, nor in equilibrium and, most importantly, play a crucial role in a number of vital cell functions.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..