Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid bilayers (SNAL) Initial Training Network is a multidisciplinary EU-funded 7th Framework Programme specially designed to provide scientific and transferable skill training and career development for early stage researchers and experienced researchers in the field of lipid research.

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Membrane-active peptides

Following recent theoretical predictions ((10.1039/c2sm26008e), (10.1209/0295-5075/98/18003)) the combination of amino-acids in custom peptides that can lead to a certain membrane function can be predicted and tested in membrane experiments.


Design a particular sequence of amino-acids for specific membrane function.

Particular focus of the project

  • Membrane-attaching peptides
  • Enhancing permeability of lipid bilayers
  • Crossing membranes
  • Pore-forming peptides

Associated projects

  • Association of polymers and small solute molecules with phospholipid membranes

    Theoretical physics, theory in soft matter, computer simulations Objectives In many cases the properties of cell membranes are modified through biopolymers and small solute molecules such as anesthetics or neurotransmitters. They can associate to membranes and significantly alter their structure, either thermodynamic state or induce reorganization in form of pores. The project aims to describe the fundamental ...

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Project team

Yachong Guo

Research student at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain Theory and simulations of small solute molecules and their interactions with lipid membranes, more...

Vladimir Baulin

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain

Coordinator of SNAL network. Expertise is computer simulations and theory of soft matter systems. Research is focused on the topics in the theory of Soft matter, polymer physics. more...