All living cells are enveloped by membranes that respond to external and internal stimuli and represent constantly changing boundaries rather than static entities.
Biological membranes maintain a state of non-equilibrium between the inside and outside of a cell or subcellular compartment and between the cells of multicellular organisms.
What determines the identity of membranes and how do they control their dynamic processes in space and time? What is the role of their constituents, especially membrane proteins and membrane protein complexes? These are the fundamental questions addressed in this CRC.
Susanne Fenz, University of Würzburg
"The camel and the eye of the needle, or the narrow escape problem in model and living membranes"