Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical and Chemical Engineering


Shikha Nangia


Lipids, MD Simulations, Membranes


Lipids are an essential building block for human life. The amphipathic properties of these molecules enable them to form the cell membranes that act as a barrier between a cell’s interior and exterior. By forming membranes, lipids are directly involved in various cell processes and in the regulation of membrane transport. In this work, we explored the effects of membrane asymmetry on red blood cells and on two types of placental cells. Membranes were analyzed using molecular dynamics simulations after utilizing existing experimental data. Changes in cholesterol partitioning and in membrane properties such as density and area per lipid revealed a clear impact of asymmetry on membrane dynamics. The results of this work provide new insight into membrane asymmetry and provide a framework for future studies to be completed.


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