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At the Crossroads of Physics and Biology

Workshop on Lateral Membrane Heterogeneity

September 17, 2019

Biological membranes are in many ways the edging that holds life together. Their structure makes them something like sentries, deciding what can enter and leave a cell; how it can send and receive signals; and how it responds to different stimuli. In the spirit of building collaborations and encouraging crossover between scientific disciplines, Assistant Professor Maxim Lavrentovich has helped organize a workshop that brings together scientists who study these membranes and their properties.

"Functional Heterogeneities and Phase Separation in Biological Membranes: Theory, Computations, and Experiment" will be held October 16-17 at the Shull Wollan Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Lavrentovich said that while the "official attendance" registration is closed, anyone interested is still welcome to come and hear the talks. Among the topics will be membrane protein transport, the three-dimensional architecture of living membranes, and studies using neutron and X-ray scattering to study membrane structure.

Along with Lavrentovich, the organizing committee includes John Katsaras of ORNL (also a Joint Faculty Professor with the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Scattering) and Dima Bolmatov, a postdoctoral research associate at JINS.

For general workshop information please contact Dima Bolmatov ( or Maxim Lavrentovich (

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