J Membrane Biol (2016) 249:7 DOI 10.1007/s00232-016-9903-4 Journal of Membrane Biology: Biotechnology and Engineering Section 1 2 Stavroula Sofou Mark Borden Published online: 18 April 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 We are excited to introduce a new section on Biotechnol- contributions on the study of lipid membranes in the form ogy and Engineering in the newly re-organized Journal of of bilayers, monolayers, and supported membranes. Membrane Biology (JMBi). With this initiative, we aim to Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: create a focal point for studies reporting on the physico- • Lipid membrane-containing materials, such as vesicles chemical (and on the (bio)physical and (bio)chemical) (liposomes), microbubbles, emulsions, foams, aerosols, characterization of lipid membranes whose structure and gels, lipoplexes, and nanoparticles. properties are driven by the requirements set by speciﬁc • Lipid membrane-containing architectures, such as sup- biomedical applications. In particular, we invite studies on ported membranes, Langmuir–Blodgett ﬁlms, Newton lipid membranes which emphasize the design ‘rules’, both black ﬁlms, layer-by-layer ﬁlms, membranes spanning experimental and computational, and the engineering microﬂuidic channels, and other possibilities. decisions to control/optimize membrane properties as dic- • Lipid constructs designed for speciﬁc biomedical tated by their biomedical applicability. This new Section is applications, such as imaging, drug and gene delivery, meant to address a current gap in the established journals, theranostics, and biosensing. which tend to emphasize either the fundamental biophysi- This section focuses exclusively on lipid membranes, and cal characterization of biological membranes or the eval- thereby provides a venue for researchers with common uation of synthetic lipid membrane-containing constructs biological, physicochemical, and biomedical interests in for biomedical and biotech applications. lipid membranes. We are looking forward to our col- We invite our colleagues to consider the new Section on leagues’ responses and suggestions; our hope is that this Biotechnology and Engineering as the place to submit initiative will result in the creation of an interacting and high-quality work that bridges fundamental lipid mem- productive community. brane studies and applied in vivo evaluations. We welcome & Stavroula Sofou firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Biomedical Engineering Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 599 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA
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