Membrane Mimic

Lipid membranes represent the most important biological interface. The structure and properties of lipid membranes are strongly modulated by the composition of constituent lipids and the surrounding ionic aqueous medium. Our interests include how and to what extent do various compositions of lipids and salts affect the structure and property of lipid bilayers, using droplet interface bilayer as a model membrane. In our recent study, we demonstrated that the droplet interface bilayer (DIB) can be employed as a convenient model biological membrane to rapidly explore subtle structural effects on bilayer water permeability.

For more details, please visit our recent publications (undergraduate co-authors are underlined)

Maria Lopez, Sue Ellen Evangelista, Melissa Morales, and Sunghee Lee, "Enthalpic Effects of Chain Length and Unsaturation on Water Permeability across Droplet Bilayers of Homologous Monoglycerides", Langmuir, 2017, 33 (4), pp 900–912.

P.J.Milianta, M.Muzzio, J.Denver, G.Cawley, S.Lee, "Water Permeability Across Symmetric and Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayers: Interaction of Cholesterol Sulfate with DPhPC", Langmuir, 31 (44), pp 12187–12196, 20152015,

Z.MichalakM.MuzzioP.J.MiliantaR.Giacomini, S.Lee, "Effect of Monoglyceride Structure and Cholesterol Content on Water Permeability of the Droplet Bilayer", Langmuir, 29 (51), 15919-15925, 2013

Z.MichalakD.FartashN.Haque, and S.Lee, "Tunable Crystallization via Osmosis-Driven Transport Across a Droplet Interface Bilayer", CrystEngComm., 14, 7865-7868,2012