Inspired by Cells
Biological cells perform a wide variety of complex tasks including sensing, communication, manufacturing, and movement. The cell membrane, which provides a physical boundary that separates the inside of the cell from the outside of the cell, plays a critical role in these processes. Inspired by the capabilities of this organelle, we reconstruct bilayer membranes in the laboratory and use them as (1) a material platform to build cell-like structures as well as (2) a model system to recreate and better understand cellular behaviors that involve the membrane.
The structures we build are based on bilayer membranes
which provide a platform to assemble amphiphiles, peptides, proteins, and polymers, and mimic the structure of biological membranes.
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Congratulations to Tim Vu who was selected as a finalist in the 2023 International Institute
By cracking open a cellular membrane, Northwestern University synthetic biologists have discovered a new way
Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology (CSB) is one of the global hubs for innovation in its field.