Erkan Şenses - A journey into the world of soft matter
|Study location||Turkey, Istanbul|
|Type||Summer Research Program - High School, full-time|
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The aim of the project is to teach some fundamental concepts of soft matter systems and their connection to our daily life. Special attention will be given to cell membrane. This a few nanometers-thick lipid bilayer defines the physical boundary of the living cells and are responsible for many vital activities such as endocytosis, exocytosis, cell division, and transport of small molecules like drugs. In this project, students will make giant artificial cell models and observe general characteristics of the membranes including shape fluctuations, bending, membrane fusion, lipid translation motion etc. Using this model system, the students will also visualize how molecules (like drugs and genes) are encapsulated within lipid vesicles and successfully transported to the cells, discussing the transport mechanism of vaccines developed for mRNA based Covid-19.