Stephanie Tristram-Nagle-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Stephanie Tristram-Nagle

Research Professor, Physics

Office: Wean Hall 6415
Phone: 412-268-3174
Fax: 412-681-0648


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


My research interests are in lipid membrane structure, properties and thermodynamics. Our Biophysics laboratory explores the structure of biological phospholipids, lipid/peptide and lipid/cholesterol mixtures using oriented samples on substrates and unoriented multilamellar or large unilamellar vesicles using X-ray diffuse scattering with a Rigaku rotating anode and CCD detector here at CMU, and with synchrotron radiation at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source.  The X-ray data yield not only structure, such as lipid area and membrane thickness, but also the bending and compression moduli of the membranes. I collaborate with molecular dynamics simulators to compare our structural results with simulated results. The second technique which yields lipid volume as a function of temperature is density equilibration, using D2O-H2O mixtures.  We also collect volume scans vs temperature with an Anton-Paar DMA 5000 M densimeter.

Selected Publications

  • Chris Neale, Kun Huang, Angel García, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Penetration of HIV-1 Tat47–57 into PC/PE Bilayers Assessed by MD Simulation and X-ray Scattering, Membranes 5, 473 (2015)
  • Yunyan Qiu, Jacob Mohin, Chia-Hua Tsai, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Roberto R. Gil, Tomasz Kowalewski, Kevin J. T. Noonan, Stille Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation Using Pd-PEPPSI-IPr for High-Molecular-Weight Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene), Macromolecular Rapid Communications 36, 840 (2015)
  • Kiyotaka Akabori, Kun Huang, Bradley W. Treece, Michael S. Jablin, Brian Maranville, Arthur Woll, John F. Nagle, Angel E. Garcia, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, HIV-1 Tat membrane interactions probed using X-ray and neutron scattering, CD spectroscopy and MD simulations, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes 1838, 3078 (2014)
  • Alexander L. Boscia, Bradley W. Treece, Dariush Mohammadyani, Judith Klein-Seetharaman, Anthony R. Braun, Tsjerk A. Wassenaar, Beate Klösgen, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, X-ray structure, thermodynamics, elastic properties and MD simulations of cardiolipin/dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine mixed membranes, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 178, 1 (2014)
  • Alexander L. Boscia, Kiyotaka Akabori, Zachary Benamram, Jonathan A. Michel, Michael S. Jablin, Jonathan D. Steckbeck, Ronald C. Montelaro, John F. Nagle, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Membrane Structure Correlates to Function of LLP2 on the Cytoplasmic Tail of HIV-1 gp41 Protein, Biophysical Journal 105, 657 (2013)
  • Kelsey M. Hallinen, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, John F. Nagle, Volumetric stability of lipid bilayers, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 14, 15452 (2012)
  • Jianjun Pan, Frederick A. Heberle, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Michelle Szymanski, Mary Koepfinger, John Katsaras, Norbert Kučerka, Molecular structures of fluid phase phosphatidylglycerol bilayers as determined by small angle neutron and X-ray scattering, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes 1818, 2135 (2012)
  • Mohit Raghunathan, Yuriy Zubovski, Richard M. Venable, Richard W. Pastor, John F. Nagle, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Structure and Elasticity of Lipid Membranes with Genistein and Daidzein Bioflavinoids Using X-ray Scattering and MD Simulations, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 116, 3918 (2012)
  • Anthony R. Braun, Eva Sevcsik, Pamela Chin, Elizabeth Rhoades, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Jonathan N. Sachs, α-Synuclein Induces Both Positive Mean Curvature and Negative Gaussian Curvature in Membranes, Journal of the American Chemical Society 134, 2613 (2012)
  • P Shchelokovskyy, S Tristram-Nagle, R Dimova, Effect of the HIV-1 fusion peptide on the mechanical properties and leaflet coupling of lipid bilayers, New Journal of Physics 13, 025004 (2011)
  • Pradeep Uppamoochikkal, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, John F. Nagle, Orientation of Tie-Lines in the Phase Diagram of DOPC/DPPC/Cholesterol Model Biomembranes, Langmuir 26, 17363 (2010)
  • Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Rob Chan, Edgar Kooijman, Pradeep Uppamoochikkal, Wei Qiang, David P. Weliky, John F. Nagle, HIV Fusion Peptide Penetrates, Disorders, and Softens T-Cell Membrane Mimics, Journal of Molecular Biology 402, 139 (2010)
  • Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Dong Joo Kim, Nadia Akhunzada, Norbert Kučerka, John C. Mathai, John Katsaras, Mark Zeidel, John F. Nagle, Structure and water permeability of fully hydrated diphytanoylPC, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 163, 630 (2010)
  • Jianjun Pan, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, John Nagle, Effect of cholesterol on structural and mechanical properties of membranes depends on lipid chain saturation, Physical Review E 80, 021931 (2009)
  • S. Deren Guler, D. Dipon Ghosh, Jianjun Pan, John C. Mathai, Mark L. Zeidel, John F. Nagle, Stephanie Tristram-Nagle, Effects of ether vs. ester linkage on lipid bilayer structure and water permeability, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 160, 33 (2009)
  • A. Greenwood, J. Pan, T. Mills, J. Nagle, R. Epand, S. Tristram-Nagle, CRAC motif peptide of the HIV-1 gp41 protein thins SOPC membranes and interacts with cholesterol, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes 1778, 1120 (2008)