After much hard work and patience, we’re excited to be back in the business of lipid bilayer assembly and, soon, characterization.  Congrats to Guru on the honors of being the first student in our group to form a bilayer!

The images show how lipid-encased water droplets contained in oil resist coalescence by forming a 2-molecule thick (bilayer) membrane at their interface.  This embodiment, known as the droplet interface bilayer, is an elegant and simple method to form artificial cell membranes at a liquid-liquid interface.

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With this capability, the race to measure protein insertion and develop the next generation of membrane-based hair cell sensor is on!