Attending the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting is the richest annual networking and professional development opportunity for researchers in the field of biophysics.  The breadth of research represented by the nearly 7,000 attendees and to the personal interactions that take place are enhanced by the career, education, policy, and social programs scheduled throughout the Meeting.

Networking Event Professional Development


Undergraduate Student Lounge

Saturday, February 27 - March 2
This special space is reserved for undergraduate meeting attendees looking for a place to relax or catch up on coursework they may be missing while at the Annual Meeting. Members of the Education Committee, which sponsors this lounge, will pop in to talk with student attendees about career paths and opportunities. The Undergraduate Student Lounge will be located in room 508.


Undergraduate Mixer and Poster Fest

Saturday, February 27, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
A social and scientific mixer for all undergraduate students attending the meeting. Come meet other undergraduates and learn about their research projects. Undergraduates listed as coauthors on posters are welcome to practice your poster presentation in a less formal setting, even if you are not listed as the presenting author. For undergrads who will be presenting during the standard scientific sessions, the mixer provides an additional opportunity to hone presentation skills. Pre-registration is required to present. Organized by the Education committee.  

  First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Saturday, February 27, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Is this your first time attending a Biophysical Society Annual Meeting? Wondering what to do first? Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering how to get the most out of your time? Drop by the First-Time Attendee event on Saturday evening during the Opening Mixer to learn how to navigate the meeting. Society staff and committee members will be on hand to answer your questions about the meeting and help you gain the most from your time at the BPS 2016 Los Angeles meeting.


Opening Mixer

Saturday, February 27, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
All registered attendees are welcome to attend this cash bar and light refreshments reception.


CID/Education/CPOW Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, February 27, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
During this reception, students, postdocs, and early and mid-career scientists will be honored and presented with their travel awards by the chairs of the Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.

  Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 28, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Supported by the Burroughs Welcome Fund
This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will be available to answer questions about how the Committee serves postdocs in the biophysical community. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

  Colleges in the Community Day

Sunday, February 28, 11:30 AM –5:00 PM 
This full day of activities for local college students and their instructors kicks off with an Undergraduate Student Pizza “Breakfast” where participants will have an opportunity to socialize and network with their peers and members of the Biophysical Society’s Education Committee in a fun and relaxed environment. Next, students will have a chance to win prizes during a scavenger hunt designed to promote learning and interaction with researchers. Undergraduates will also have a unique opportunity to ask graduate students, post-docs, and leading biophysicists about training and career opportunities in biophysics and related fields during this interactive Q & A session - come prepared to find out about the course of study that biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries. Finally, students will have access to an exclusive tour of the exhibit hall where they will view special demonstrations featuring cutting edge instrumentation producing breakthroughs in structural biology and other areas. Local undergraduate students within a 50-mile radius of the Los Angeles Convention Center who are not presenting an abstract or listed on an abstract being presented at this meeting may register for this event and gain FREE access to all Annual Meeting sessions on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Sunday, February 28, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Education Committee will host this “breakfast” for undergraduate students. This session will serve as a valuable networking and social opportunity to meet other students and Committee members, to discuss academic goals and questions, and to develop a biophysics career path.

In addition to registered attendees, local undergraduates who reside within a 50-mile radius of the Los Angeles Convention Center and are not presenting an abstract or listed on an abstract being presented at this meeting are invited to attend this free event. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Registration for this event also includes access to the Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair in addition to the entire Meeting on Sunday, February 28.  Deadline is February 15th. Meeting attendees do not need to pre-register for this event.


International Travel Awardee Luncheon

Sunday, February 28, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A number of international students, postdocs, and scientists will be recognized during this luncheon for their outstanding achievements in biophysics research. This event is hosted by the International Relations Committee.


 The World Outside the Lab: Many Ways to Use Your PhD Skills in Industry

Sunday, February 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how you can apply the skills learned while working on your PhD in a career away from the bench? The Early Careers Committee is sponsoring a panel to discuss the plethora of career options that exist beyond the bench, such as publishing, science writing, patent law, policy, marketing, etc. Panelists involved in a wide variety of careers will share their personal experiences. 

Ragan Robertson, UCLA
Jeanne Small, Quantum Northwest
Anna Amcheslavsky, Illumina

Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair

Sunday, February 28, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce students and postdoctoral candidates to colleges and universities with leading programs in biophysics. Representatives interested in reserving a table at this fair to display information about their institution’s biophysics program must complete a registration form and submit the registration fee in advance. Registration is not needed to participate as a student. View the list of participating institutions. 

Please contact the April Murphy at ( with questions.

 Teaching Science Like We Do Science

Sunday, February 28, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical tools, tips and open educational resources for bringing biophysics topics in the lab and in the classroom to life for undergraduate and graduate students. Small group discussions guided by Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) recommendations will provide opportunities to apply the teaching tools presented to participants’ educational practice.

Scott Gould, Claremont College
Patricia Soto, Creighton University
Gundula Bosch, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 Transparency, Reproducibility and the Progress of Science

Sunday, February 28, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This panel discussion, sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and the Publications Committee, will examine the complex issues relating to reproducibility in science, how it can be improved by greater transparency, and how it affects how we communicate science. Speakers will address reproducibility as it pertains to researchers, publishers, and government, and explore why this is a hot topic in the popular press. 

Emilie Marcus, Cell/Cell Press
Helen Berman, Protein Data Bank
Keith Yamamoto, University of California, San Francisco

 PI to PI, a Wine & Cheese Mixer

Sunday, February 28, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
You finally have a job working in biophysics, in industry or academia, with some funding and a lab, but you’ve realized that the career challenges continue. Come relax and network with your contemporaries and senior biophysicists over a beer or glass of wine. This event is a great chance to compare notes with colleagues and discuss one-on-one your unique solutions to issues that arise in the time between getting your job and getting your next promotion, including management of lab staff, getting your work published, and renewing your funding. Refreshments will be provided, with cash bar.

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 28, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This session will feature students who are presenting posters at the Meeting and have indicated at the time of abstract submission that they wish to participate in the competition. During the competition, students will give a five-to-seven minute verbal presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Winners will be recognized on Monday evening prior to the National Lecture. For more information click here.


Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, February 29, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Supported by the Burroughs Welcome Fund

This breakfast presents an opportunity for graduate student members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will be available to answer questions about how the Committee serves graduate students in the biophysical community. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

 NSF Grant Writing Workshop

Monday, February 29, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Putting your best foot forward in your grant proposal is key to securing funding for research. Program officers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will walk attendees through the grant writing process and provide tips on how to prepare the best possible proposal. 

Gary Pielak, UNC Chapel Hill
Engin Serpersu, NSF


Biophysics 101:Forster Resonance Energy Transfer

Monday, February 29, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Sponsored by the Education Committee, Biophysics 101 presents the fundamentals of a specific biophysical technique and its potential applications. Geared to audiences who may not be familiar with the technique, but might want to use it, the symposium will be filmed and posted online for continuous viewing.
Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) is widely used to study protein structure and protein in vitro and in vivo, in molecular ensembles and in single molecules. The utility of FRET comes from its ability to resolve distances that are smaller than the diffraction limit of light, in the 20 to 100 Angstrom range. This year’s “Biophysics 101” session will include two lectures on FRET that highlight the power and the limitations of the technique.

Steven Vogel, NIH
Kalina Hristova, Johns Hopkins University

 Industry Panel

Monday, February 29, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Are you interested in pursuing a career in industry? Stop by to hear from a panel of experts who work in bio-related industries. The panel , sponsored by the Membership Committee, will discuss how to find, select, and apply for industry internships, providing attendees with useful tools and resources.

Panel Chair: Anita Niedziela-Majka
Additional speakers to be announced

 How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 29, 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
This panel discussion, sponsored by the Publications Committee, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the dos and don'ts of submitting research manuscripts. Discussions will likely focus on strategies to avoid common pitfalls, how to prevent and fix problems before submission, and how to respond to critiques and even rejection of a paper. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the session.

 Speed Networking

Monday, February 29, 2016, 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Career development and networking is important in science, but can be a big time commitment. Here we offer refreshments and the chance to speed network, an exciting way to connect with a large number of biophysicists in a short amount of time. Early career scientists could use the opportunity to discuss career goals and challenges, get advice on tenure or grant writing, find out how to gain recognition, or network for your next job. Mid- career and more experienced scientists could use the opportunity to find a postdoc, learn how to get more involved in the society, or network for possible reviewers for papers. We will introduce everyone, and then give time for short 3-5 minute meetings with a new contact. During this time you can exchange information and ask questions. Then when time is up, you select the next person to talk to. By the end of the event, each participant will have meaningful interactions with over half a dozen colleagues and the opportunity to meet many more. It's that simple! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information and to register, click hereDeadline is February 10th.


Hiring, Firing, and Beyond: How to be an Effective Supervisor

Monday, February 29, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
Do you find personnel and conflict management a formidable challenge as a supervisor? Come join us at this session, sponsored by the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women, where a panel of new and seasoned PIs share their experiences in setting up and running a successful team in academia and industry. 

Prithwish Pal, Illumina
Joanna Swain, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Kelly Knee, Pfizer
Dorothy Beckett, University of Maryland
Rohit Pappu, Washington University in St. Louis
Rajini Rao, Johns Hopkins University

 The Science of Hollywood

Monday, February 29, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
The portrayal of scientists and science in popular media can play an important role in shaping the public’s opinion about scientific issues. Whether a big box office feature like Jurassic World, an animated feature like Inside Out, or a sitcom like the Big Bang Theory, getting the science right requires experts in the pertinent field to weight in. At this session, the panelists will discuss the role scientists play in the developing storylines involving scientists for movies and television, why sometimes even the best intentions do not result in an accurate representation, and what scientists can learn about communicating their work from Hollywood. 

Rick Loverd, Program Director, Science and Entertainment Exchange
Amy Berg, Film/TV Writer and Executive Producer
Jessica Cail, Professor of Psychopharmacology, Pepperdine University
Mike Ireland, Senior Vice President, Production, 20th Century Fox
Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California Department of Physics and Astronomy


Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

Tuesday, March 1, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This question-and-answer luncheon, sponsored by the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW), is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. Discussion will be led by a panel of new faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments and experienced faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, networking, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. Pre-registration was suggested and the fee includes a box lunch. Please stop by the Society Office Room 509 or Room 510 & 512 during the event to see if there is room to attend. 

Sarah Bondos, Texas A&M
Shelli Frey, Gettysburg College
Benjamin L. Stottrup, Augsburg College
Valeria Vasquez, University of Tennessee, Memphis
Susy Kohout, Montana State University
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Research Programs at PUIs: Finding, Establishing, and Maintaining a Program

Tuesday, March 1, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
This session, sponsored by the Education Committee, will provide guidance on finding, establishing, and maintaining research programs at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions.

Ashley R. Carter, Assistant Professor, Dept. Physics & Astronomy, Amherst College
Christine P. Piro, Assistant Professor, Dept. Chemistry, Franklin & Marshall College
Alex Small, Associate Professor, Dept Physics & Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona
Paul Urayama, Associate Professor, Dept Physics, Miami University
Moderator: Scott Brewer, Associate Professor, Dept Chemistry, Franklin & Marshall College


Industry and Agency Opportunities Fair

Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce attendees to companies and agencies that have employment and funding opportunities outside of academia. Stop by the fair to learn about the variety of opportunities available to scientists in industry and government and to talk one-on-one with representatives from participating organizations. Don’t forget to check out the Career Center for current job opportunities available at many of the participating organizations..

Industry & Agency Representatives interested in reserving a table at this event to display information about their company/agency must register in advance.

Please contact with questions.

 GMOs, Severe Weather, and Public Opinion

Tuesday, March 1, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Genetically modified organisms are big news in the popular press, with articles often focused on food safety, related regulations, and labelling. What gets less coverage is the role GMO’s can play in protecting our food supply and specific plant economies. This session will take a look at the role GMOs have played in these areas and public policy, as well as the press’s coverage of this scientific area.   

Sean Cutler, UC Riverside
Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Alan McHughen, UC Riverside

Postdoc to Faculty: Setting Up a Lab

Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This panel, sponsored by the Early Careers Committee, will offer advice on the challenge of setting up your own lab as a new faculty member. Panelists, who have recently established independent labs, will share their experiences and answer questions about the transition to a tenure-track faculty position.

Alexander Dunn, Stanford University
Susy Kohout, Montana State University
Slav Bagriantsev, Yale University
Bertrand Tanner, Washington State University

 The Committee for Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event: Resources and Opportunities

Tuesday, March 1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This networking event, sponsored by the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity, will provide underrepresented students and scientists the opportunity to network and discuss challenges and resources with other minority biophysicists.


Experience Local Flavor

Each evening, Sunday - Tuesday, at 5:30 PM
Local students will be waiting at the Society Booth to meet up with attendees who want to experience the local flavor of Los Angeles.