University of South Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
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Office: ISA 5102
Lab: ISA 5023
Email: pandit (at) usf.edu
Ph.D. physics, 1999, University of Pune, Pune, India
Soft matter is an emerging discipline, which involves the study of complex systems such as polymers and surfactants. Our research interests are focused on biologically relevant soft matter, with special emphasis on heterogeneous lipid bilayer systems. We employ large-scale atomistic-level computer simulations along with simplified theoretical and computational models.
Current research emphasis of our group is to investigate lipid biliayers consistng of raft-like lipid mixtures. "Rafts" are the domains in cell membranes that play crucial functional roles and predominantly consist of Sphingolipids and cholesterols. We have already identified a few specific interactions between lipids and cholesterol that give rise to raft-like structures. Our lab is currently developing a self-consistant mean-field theory based multi-scale simulation method, which will be used to simulate the formation process of several cell membrane structures such as rafts and caveole.