Welcome to the Levental Laboratory of Membrane Biology!
The overall goal of our research is to develop strategies to modulate the mechanisms by which lateral membrane structure regulates cell function for potential treatment of human diseases. Our focus is on the functional aspects of membrane structure, specifically the partitioning of eukaryotic cell membranes into domains by preferential interactions between membrane lipids and proteins.
Our primary research goals are:
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 eukaryotic membranes.
We are part of the Integrative Biology and Pharmacology department at the University of Texas - Houston Medical School and are also affiliated with the Center for Membrane Biology and the Computational and Integrative Biomedical Research Center at Baylor Medical School.
We are actively recruiting new lab members, if you are interested see our RECRUITING page.