Left arrow black
Back to simulations

Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins Virtual Lab

Discover the structure and function of cell membranes by launching cargo molecules at a virtual cell.

Try for FreeTry for Free
Green Checkmark Icon

University / College

Logo Taylor's UniversityArizona State University LogoLogo uOttawaLogo Univ. Essex
Labster is used by 1,000's of amazing schools and universities
Learn more
Blue Arrow Right
Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins

About this Simulation

This short, targeted simulation is adapted from the full-length “Cell Membrane and Transport” simulation.

You have been teleported to a virtual cell! In this simulation you will learn about the molecules that are able to diffuse across the cell membrane and the molecules that require a transporter protein to enter or leave the cell. Here, you can explore the different channels, carriers, and pumps that exist in the membrane and how they ensure that only the right molecules enter under the right conditions.

The main types of transport

Your mission begins by launching molecules at the virtual cell to discover which molecules can travel through the cell membrane alone and which molecules require transporter proteins. You will learn the role of each of the main types of transporter protein: the aquaporin, the carrier protein, and the channel protein.

Transport subtypes and gating mechanisms

Next, you will discover the role of each transporter protein subtypes, and how they work, by launching ions and molecules at the transporter proteins in the cell membrane of our virtual cell. For example, if a molecule needs to be transported by a carrier protein then you will need to identify the transporter proteins on the cell which are a subtype of the carrier protein.

Transport against chemical gradients

Finally, you will identify the transporter proteins that can transport molecules against a chemical gradient and how they work by launching molecules at the virtual cell. By the end of the simulation you will have learned about how ions and molecules can cross the cell membrane by using different types of transporter proteins.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the relative permeability of lipid bilayers to different classes of molecule

  • Compare active and passive transport of molecules

  • Identify the 3 modes of active transport and the different classes of ion channel and carrier molecules

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

How do virtual labs work?

Engage students in science through interactive learning scenarios. Simulate experiments, train lab techniques, and teach theory through visual experiences that enhance long-term learning outcomes.

Green Checkmark Icon

300+ Web-based simulations that can be played on laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets/iPads without installing any software

Green Checkmark Icon

Teacher dashboard to automate grading and track student progress

Green Checkmark Icon

Embedded quizzes to help students master science content

Green Checkmark Icon

Library of learning resources, lab reports, videos, theory pages, graphics and more

Book a Free Consultation

Relevant Course Packages

All Course Packages
Black arrow right

Get Started Now!

Try Labster with your students right away.
Green Checkmark Icon

Track student progress

Green Checkmark Icon

Assess with customizable quizzes

Green Checkmark Icon

Invite your students to play simulations

Green Checkmark Icon

Explore over 300 Labster simulations

Green Checkmark Icon

30 days for free, no credit card needed

Start your free trial today to discover the possibilities with Virtual Labs

Integrate with your LMS

Labster integrates with all major LMS (Learning Management Systems) so that educators can use their gradebooks to track students’ performance data and students can keep a record of their work. Labster is compatible with Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Google Classroom, Schoology, Sakai, and Brightspace / D2L. It’s also possible to use Labster without an LMS.

How to Integrate Your LMS
Blue Arrow Right

Frequently asked questions

What do students learn in the "Cell Membrane and Transport: Types of transporter proteins" simulation?
What is the simulated Biology scenario in this virtual lab?
What other Biology labs does Labster offer?