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Measuring how lipid membranes respond to physical perturbations: How charge alters lipid miscibility, how shear disrupts interleaflet coupling, and how prebiotic compounds affect membrane stability
The physical and chemical properties of lipid bilayers determine their biological function as the main structural component of cell membranes. The response of lipid membranes to various perturbations is, in general, difficult to predict. This dissertation will discuss four sets of experiments to probe the behavior of lipid ...