Welcome to the Levental Laboratory of Membrane Biology!
The overall goal of our research is to understand the fundamental mechanisms by which membranes and dietary lipids regulate cell physiology. By understanding the cell biology of lipids and membranes, we hope to identify targets for treatment of human diseases.
Cell membranes are composites of biological macromolecules with a multitude of chemical interactions, which give rise to complex phase behaviors and physical properties. Thus, their study inherently requires a multidisciplinary approach, which is reflected in the richly interdisciplinary, collaborative environment of our lab.
We combine tools from molecular and cell biology, membrane biophysics, protein biochemistry, and synthetic biology with expertise from biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics to answer fundamental about the nature and function of cell membranes.
We recently moved and are now part of the Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics department and Center for Membrane and Cell Physiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
We are actively recruiting new lab members, if you are interested see our RECRUITING page.
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