Supervisor: Robert Vácha, PhD.
A large fraction of membrane proteins form oligomers. These include receptors, ion channels, and fusion proteins, which association and dissociation control essential cellular processes. In the past, the membrane was viewed as a passive environment in which the association takes place. Now we know that membrane lipids can play an active role in determining the change of the oligomerization state. However, the interplay between the lipids and protein oligomerization state remains poorly understood. The goal of the PhD project is to calculate the association of selected membrane proteins in environments of various lipid compositions and determine the key features controlling the oligomerization state. We will do so by Molecular dynamics simulations with free energy calculations.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2015.03.011, 10.1038/nature20820, 10.1016/j.bbamem.2011.08.031, 10.1021/jp511712u, 10.1126/sciadv.abb9614