Research projects

Our current research interests focus on problems relating to:

  • how membrane lipids interact in model and biological membranes and how they form laterally segregated clusters or domains
  • how glycosphingolipids behave in membranes, and how these lipids interact with cholesterol and ceramide in ordered domains
  • how ceramides interact with liquid-ordered domains and affect lipid-lipid interactions and how they participate in the stress response
  • the biological significance of sphingolipid molecular heterogeneity
  • is there a functional relationship between membrane domains properties and stress responses in cells
  • how do phospholipids in asymmetric bilayers affect cholesterol's leaflet distribution
  • how does cholesterol select its interaction partners in complex membranes



Biochemistry, Department of