Dr. Nika Otrin

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Process Systems Engineering
+49 391 6110 370
N 2.09

Main Focus

Tools for construction of artificial cells:

  • Reconstitution of membrane proteins into microcompartments (giant unilamellar vesicles, GUVs)
  • Microfluidic setups for real-time monitoring of protein-functionalized GUVs
  • Salt, charge and SNARE-mediated membrane fusion
  • Artificial lipid rafts

and their biophysical analysis:

  • Interbilayer and transbilayer transport of phospholipids, lateral diffusion, membrane disorder, bending rigidity, passive proton permeability
  • Interactions with membrane proteins
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