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EPSRC Reference: EP/G00465X/1
Title: Membrane Biophysics Platform
Principal Investigator: Seddon, Professor JM
Other Investigators:
Law, Professor R Ces, Professor O Templer, Professor R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Dept of Chemistry
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Platform Grants
Starts: 01 February 2009 Ends: 31 January 2014 Value (£): 1,366,557
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Biology Complex fluids & soft solids
Materials Characterisation Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
25 Jun 2008 Platforms Panel June 2008 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The proposed Platform grant renewal is aimed at giving us the ability to capitalise upon our position as a world leading group in membrane biophysics and self-assembled amphiphilic materials, and to promote and facilitate collaborations within the currently fragmented membrane biophysics community in the UK. To achieve these aims we will form collaborative research networks with groups having complementary expertise, and encourage interconnections between external groups via a combination of 'Ideas Workshops' and IT platforms. These networks will focus upon tackling key challenges at the Life Sciences Interface requiring multi-disciplinary approaches. We will support targeted short-term personnel exchange with a view to effecting knowledge transfer, proof-of-concept experiments and research training. Within this framework we will invite key collaborators as academic visitors and to present seminar series within our Department. We also wish to continue to facilitate exploitation of our specialised facilities by the wider research community.In addition to building upon the successes of our original objectives by studying the phase behaviour of novel amphiphiles and complex lipid mixtures, and the development of millisecond and microsceond pressure-jump synchrotron X-ray studies of lyotropic transitions, we also plan to develop the following areas of research within the renewed Platform grant, which we have identified as timely and important challenges at the Life/Physical Sciences interface:i) Understanding Membrane Asymmetry;ii) Protein Control of Lipid Membrane Morphology;iv) Regulation of Lipid Biosynthetic Pathways.iv) Lipid Mesophase Engineering Rules for Biomedical Imaging Applications.
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