There has been a tremendous growth in the development of computational tools for addressing questions in membrane biophysics. This book showcases current methods for simulations of biological membranes, from atomistic to multiscale modeling approaches. It reflects the exciting advances in computational techniques that enable to perform simulations over longer accessible time and probe larger length scales. Each chapter addresses an important issue related to our understanding of biological membranes and simulation results will be connected to available experimental information.
- Presents the most important methods for computational simulation of biological membranes, including atomistic to multiscale modeling approaches.
- Discusses cutting edge computational techniques that give users the ability to simulate over longer time and probe larger length scales.
- Shows how simulations improve our understanding of biological membranes and makes connections with experimental results.
- Covers lipid rafts, mechanical properties of membranes and interactions of membranes with peptides and proteins.
- Provides the necessary background for getting acquainted with the field and proceeding to further study.
Max L. Berkowitz, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and he also was a visiting professor at UCLA and at the University of Houston in Texas. He earned his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His research interests include studies of the structural and dynamical properties of biomembranes, structure of lipid rafts, and interaction of peptides with membranes. He has given numerous invited talks and presentations and is an author or a co-author of nearly150 peer-reviewed journal publications. He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.