Simple models for biomembrane structure and dynamics<br/><br/>

Monday, November 3, 2008 - 2:45pm - 3:30pm
EE/CS 3-180
Frank Brown (University of California)
Simulation of biomembranes over length and time scales relevant
to cellular biology is not currently feasible with Molecular
Dynamics including full atomic detail. Barring an unforeseen
revolution in the computer industry, this situation will not
change for many decades. We present two coarse grained
simulation models for biomembranes that treat water implicitly
(i.e. no water molecules appear in our simulations. The
hydrophobic effect, hydrodynamics and related properties are
approximately included without simulation of solvent). These
models enable the study of systems and phenomena previously
intractable to simulation.
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