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.