|Role in the Program||Host, Short-term Research Internships 2023|
Jeanne Stachowiak is a Professor and Banks McLaurin Faculty Fellow, for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin. She received her Ph.D. (2008) and Masters (2004) from the University of California, Berkeley and B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin, 2002, all in mechanical engineering.
Professor Stachowiak is interested in the biophysical mechanisms that underlie the function of lipid membranes in cells, as well as the opportunity to create bio-inspired materials and systems that borrow these mechanisms. Her laboratory develops new lipid membrane substrates and lipid-encapsulated systems and examines them using advanced microfluidic and fluorescence microscopy tools. By reconstructing membranes from component parts, her work seeks to capture the minimal requirements of specific membrane functions. Themes of her work include: understanding how proteins and lipid domains modify the fluidity, reactivity, and 3D architecture of membranes, examining how confinement within a lipid vesicle influences biochemical reactions and spatial organization of biochemical components and using the organizational principles of the lipid membrane to build functional systems such as assays, drug carriers, and environmentally responsive materials.