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Abel solo final“I have a long standing interest in membranes,” said Abel. “My group approaches the problem from a computational and theoretical perspective, so teaming up with Dr. Pat Collier and his experimental team at ORNL was a great match.”

Working in conjunction with Dr. Collier’s ORNL team, which is using nanostructured scaffolds to alter lipid bilayers, Abel’s team developed mathematical models of the interactions between these scaffolds and cell membranes to determine how the scaffolding’s presence affects the lipids.

The computational model created by this project has the potential to benefit future experiments by testing the relative importance of various physical properties and probing parameter space for interesting behavior to guide experimental design.