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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Laboratory of Nutritional Biochemistry, Immunology, and Membrane Biophysics

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The central goal of our laboratory is to understand how dietary fatty acids modify the function of specific immune cells.  We are particularly interested in elucidating how fatty acids modify the function of immune cells through changes in the biophysical organization of the plasma membrane.  We conduct experiments at varying levels of organization from model membranes to cells and humans using a combination of biochemical methods, microscopy, and flow cytometry.