报告人： Matthew Turner (Warwick University, UK)
I will present an overview of our recent research on the physics of fluid membranes. Membranes are ubiquitous in living cells but many questions remain outstanding concerning their physical properties. We are interested in how membrane proteins insert into cells and what this means for their diffusive dynamics. We have also recently worked to characterize a membrane’s material properties and on how membrane microphase separation might be controlled. Living membranes are generically out of equilibrium and I will discuss our work to understand the regulation of organelles, which are membrane bound machines within cells that are essential for life and are implicated in numerous diseases.
Prof Turner obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in 1991 under the direction of Prof Mike Cates, now Lucasian professor. He later studied with Prof. Joanny (France) before undertaking independent fellowships at UCSB and Rockefeller University in the USA. He has been a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and, most recently, an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He is currently a full professor of Physics and a member of the Centre for Complexity Science at Warwick University in England. In recent years he has enjoyed visiting positions in France, including Joliot-Curie and Mayant-Rothschild chairs at ESPCI and Institut Curie. His interests lie in soft and active matter physics and their interface with living systems.