Life at the Cell’s edge: the cell surface is a programmable membrane composite

Satyajit Mayor
Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India

The membrane of the living cell acts as an interface between the cell and its external milieu. It serves as a dynamic conduit for information transduction and response, and well as a semi permeable barrier. It is composed of membrane lipids and protein in the form of a bilayer. Unlike an artificial membrane, the cell membrane is a highly organized system, with specific components in states that are far away from chemical equilibrium.  I will present our current understanding of how the regulates this organization and discuss implications of how this organization inform the function of the living cell membrane.