Symposia cover broad topics in biophysics with presentations by leading experts in their field.  All symposia speakers are invited to speak by the Program Committee.  Symposia are held Sunday - Wednesday.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

8:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Biological Systems Single Molecule at the Time

Ben Schuler, University of Zürich, Switzerland, Chair
Ahmet Yildiz, University of California, Berkeley
Xiaowei Zhang, Harvard University
Scott Blanchard, Cornell University

Proton-coupling Bioenergetics

Liz Carpenter, SGC, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Chair
Robert Tampé, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Peter Rich, University College London, United Kingdom
Todd P. Silverstein, Willamette University

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Proteins: Exploring Sequence Space via Computation and Experiment

Polly Fordyce, Stanford University, Chair
Kim Reynolds, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Gabriel Rocklin, Northwestern University
Doug Barrick, Johns Hopkins University

Glutamate Receptors

Maria Kurnikova, Carnegie Mellon University, Chair
Andrew Plested, FMP Berlin, Germany
Ivet Bahar, University of Pittsburgh
Lonnie Wollmuth, Stony Brook University

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Integrative Modeling from Macromolecules to Cells

Zaida Ann Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chair
Frank Alber, University of Southern California
Cecilia Clementi, Rice University
Gerhard Hummer, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany


Sabine Petry, Princeton University, Chair
Kathleen Ruppel, Stanford University
Claudia Veigel, Ludwig Maximilian University of Münich, Germany
Leah Gheber, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Monday, March 4, 2019

8:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Large Macromolecular Machines in the Cell

Titia Sixma, Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands, Chair
Thi Hoang Duong (Kelly) Nguyen, University of California, Berkeley
Emad Tajkhorshid, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michael Rout, Rockefeller University

Biological Membranes and Vesicles

John Briggs, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom, Chair
Kay Grünewald, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Julien Berro, Yale University
Michael Feig, Michigan State University

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Phase Separation in the Cell

Geeta Narlikar, University of California, San Francisco, Chair
Julie Forman-Kay, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
Stephen Michnick, University of Montreal, Canada
Rohit Pappu, Washington University in St. Louis

Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Beating

Beth L. Pruitt, University of California, Santa Barbara, Chair
Litsa Kranias, University of Cincinnati
Ohad Cohen, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Edward Lakatta, NIH

Future of Biophysics Symposium

Esther Braselmann, University of Colorado, Boulder
Otger Campas, University of California, Santa Barbara
Joshua Levitz, Weill Cornell Medical College
Kate White, University of South California

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Chromatin Organization and Regulation: From Physical Principles to Biological Phenomena

Cynthia Wolberger, Johns Hopkins University, Chair
Lynn Zechiedrich, Baylor College of Medicine
Rachel Patton McCord, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Helmut Schiessel, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Synthetic Biology

Michelle Chang, University of California, Berkeley, Chair
Adam Cohen, Harvard University
Elena G. Govorunova, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Christopher Voigt, MIT

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

8:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Proteins: Dynamics and Allostery

Rommie Amaro, University of California, San Diego, Chair
Lewis Kay, University of Toronto, Canada
Vincent Hilser, Johns Hopkins University
Catherine A. Royer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Function and Signaling at the Membrane

Mark McLean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chair
Ana J. García-Sáez, University of Tübingen, Germany
Jodi Nunnari, University of California, Davis
Polina Lishko, University of California, Berkeley

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Awards Symposium

Bin Xu , University of Notre Dame
Raymond Stevens, University of Southern California
Elizabeth Rhoades, University of Pennsylvania
Jeff Gelles, Brandeis University
Meytal Landau, Israel Institute of Technology
Enrico Gratton, University of California, Irvine
Songi Han, University of California, Santa Barbara
Harry Noller, University of California, Santa Cruz
Juli Feigon, University of California, Los Angeles

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Determining Molecular Networks

Edward Marcotte, University of Texas at Austin, Chair
Jonathan Weissman, University of California, San Francisco
Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University
Ruedi Aebersold, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Transporters and Channels

Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkeley, Chair
Kaspar Locher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Ildiko Szabo, University of Padova, Italy
Nieng Yan, Princeton University

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

8:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Mapping the Cell

Raymond Stevens, University of Southern California, Chair
Nevan Krogan, University of California, San Francisco
Jonathan Karr, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Rick Horwitz, Allen Institute for Cell Science


Joseph D. Puglisi, Stanford University, Chair
Marina Rodnina, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Holger Stark, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Ruben Gonzalez, Columbia University

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Membrane Organization and Sculpting by Proteins

Jenny Hinshaw, NIH, Chair
James Hurley, University of California, Berkeley
Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie, France
Benoit Roux, University of Chicago

Molecular and Transcriptional Regulation of Cardiac E-C Coupling

Shi-Qiang Wang, Peking University, China, Chair
Samantha Harris, University of Arizona
Robin Shaw, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Xander H.T. Wehrens, Baylor University

New and Notable

Scott Fraser, University of Southern California
Edward Egelman, University of Virginia
Syma Khalid, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Tamir Gonen, Howard Hughes Medical Institute