Kayla’s work on membrane-mediated protein interactions

When proteins bind to cell membranes they affect local membrane properties. In particular, the membrane can no longer fluctuate the way a free membrane would: the proteins suppress membrane fluctuations, which is entropically unfavorable. This results in a membrane-mediated interaction among membrane-bound proteins. You can read more about this effect in Kayla’s recent paper, which is now published in Physical Review E.