Dynamic structure of lipid bilayers
Lipid membranes are the selective envelope of living cells and the understanding of the molecular basis for their biological functions is of crucial interest. Due to complexity of biological membranes, it is often much more convenient to study model systems whose molecular make-up is highly limited: mostly to very few species of lipid molecules. This approach enables systematic studies on the influence of structural modifications on overall properties of membrane. Application of MD simulation method to lipid bilayers allows us to obtain a deep insight in processes occurring at pico- to nanosecond time scale at atomic detail. In particular, we are interested in characterisation of relationships between the chemical structure of a lipid molecule and the physicochemical properties of the lipid bilayer they form.