The Biophysical Society's Subgroups hold symposia that allow attendees to meet and interact within focused areas. This year’s subgroup symposia will be held on the first day of the Annual Meeting, Saturday, March 2, 2019. The Saturday Subgroup programs are heavily attended and include exciting scientific symposia, awards presentations, student and postdoc talks, and business meetings, which are open to members of each subgroup. 

To view a subgroup's 2019 symposium program, click on the subgroup's name. 
Subgroup programming details will be posted as they become available. 

For those attending subgroup symposia, registration will be open on Friday and Saturday for badge pick-up prior to the subgroup sessions. Registration for the Annual Meeting is required to attend the subgroup symposia.


For more information on subgroups and how to join, click here

Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism

Subgroup Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Jones, Yale University and George Porter, University of Rochester



William A. Cramer, Purdue University, USA, Introduction:  A New View of Organelle Energy Transduction: Super-Complexes

Werner Kühlbrandt, Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Germany, Cryo EM of Mitochondrial Super-Complexes

William Dowhan, University of Texas Health Science Center, USA, A requirement for cardiolipin in the organization and function of mitochondrial super-complexes

Rosemary Stuart, Marquette University, USA, Rcf1 and Rcf2: central role in cytochrome c oxidase enzymology and support of the proton motive force

Robert Gennis, University of Illinois, USA, Structure of the Alternative Complex III from “Flavobacterium Johnsoniae within a Supercomplex with Cytochrome aa3

Helmut Kirchhoff, Washington State University, USA, Quinone Diffusion in Photosynthetic Membranes: Challenges Caused by Complex Membrane Architectures

Carl E. Stafstrom, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Ketogenic Diet: Evidence for Metabolic Control of Neuronal Excitability and Seizures

Peter A. Crawford, University of Minnesota, USA, Multi-dimensional Roles of Ketone Bodies in Fuel Metabolism, Signaling, and Therapeutics

Daniel P. Kelly, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Ketone bodies as a therapeutic strategy for heart failure

Kieran Clarke, University of Oxford, UK, Novel ketone monoester for human exercise and cognition: Why, how and when

Eric Verdin, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA, Ketogenic Diet Reduces Midlife Mortality and Improves Memory in Aging Mice

Elena N. Dedkova, University of California - Davis, USA, Ketone bodies and their polymers in heart failure and type 2 diabetes: lessons learned from the ketone ester diet


Subgroup Chair: Amir Farnoud, Ohio University 


Ka Yee Lee, University of Chicago, USA

Susan Daniel, Cornell University, USA, Golgi-on-a-Chip for the Cell-free Bio-nanomanufacturing of Protein Therapeutics

Jennifer Elisseeff, John Hopkins University, USA

Daniel Hammer, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Upstream migration of amoeboid cells: dynamics and memory

Mark Uline, University of South Carolina, USA, Utilizing the synergistic power of molecular theory and molecular simulation to solve bioengineering problems

Biological Fluorescence

Subgroup Chair: Paul Wiseman, McGill University, Canada


Alessandra Cambi, Radboud University, The Netherlands, Multimodal microscopy reveals stiffness-dependent nanoscale remodeling of different actin modules during cell protrusion

Ralf Jungmann, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, Super-resolution Microscopy with DNA Molecules: Towards Localizomics

Luke Lavis, Janelia Research Campus, USA, Building Brighter Fluorophores for Advanced Biological Imaging

Bin Wu, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Visualizing translation dynamics of single mRNAs in live cells

Don Lamb, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, The Coming of Age: Fluorescence Investigations of the early childhood of HIV particles

Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University, USA, High speed 3D in-vivo fluorescence microscopy

Biopolymers in Vivo

Subgroup Chair: Simon Ebbinghaus, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany


Jim Bruce, University of Washington, USA, Exploring the in vivo Interactome

Luke Shapiro, Stanford University, USA, A Bacterial Membraneless Organelle Sequesters a Signaling Pathway that Drives Spatial Regulation of Cell Function

Mark Leake, York University, United Kingdom, Illuminating the black box of DNA-Protein Interactions

Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, City University of New York, USA, Protein Phase Separation and Emergent Material Properties

KC Huang, Stanford University, USA, Conformational Dynamics of a Bacterial Actin Filament Predict in vivo Filament Length

Danny Hatters, University of Melbourne, Australia, Proteome aggregation patterns under proteostasis stress as signatures for understanding Huntington’s Disease

Cell Biophysics

Subgroup Chair:  Jie Xiao, John Hopkins University School of Medicine   



Haw Yang, Princeton University, USA, Unsupervised Statistical Learning of the Structural and Kinetic Elements in Multi-Resolution Dynamics

Kandice Tanner, National Institutes of Health, USA, High frequency active microrheology reveals mismatch in 3D tumor intracellular and extracellular matrix viscoelasticity

Liedewij Laan, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Evolutionary self-organization: lessons from the yeast polarization machinery

Christine Payne, Duke University, USA, TiO2 Nanoparticle-cell Interactions: Importance of Protein Corona

Johan Elf, Uppsala University, Sweden, Genome-wide single cell biophysics

Jung-chi Liao, Academia Sinica IAMS, Taiwan, Centriole interaction infrastructure revealed by superresolution microscopy

David Rueda, Imperial College School of Medicine, United Kingdom, Imaging Cellular RNAs at Single Molecule Resolution with Fluorgenic RNA-Mango Aptamers      


Subgroup Chair: Jenny Hinshaw, National Institutes of Health      


Alberto Barteaghi, Duke University, USA, Streamlining Workflows for Structure Determination by Single Particle Cryo-ET Sub-Volume Averaging

Tim Grant, Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Janelia Campus, USA, New developments in the cisTEM software package

Scott Stagg, Florida State University, USA, Throughput and Resolution with a Next Generation Direct Detector​

Alex Noble, New York Structural Biology Center, USA, Cryo-tomography methods and spotition

Thomas Marlovits, Center for Structural Systems Biology, Hamburg, Germany, StarMap: Rosetta Refinement controlled from Chimera X

Julia Mahamid, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Molecular Views into Cellular Function by in situ Cryo-Electron Tomography

Exocytosis & Endocytosis

Subgroup Chair: Amy Lee, University of Iowa  


Ira Milosevic, European Neuroscience Institute, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany, Regulation of vesicle acidification at the neuronal synapse

Ed Chapman, University of Wisconsin, USA, Contrasting the functions of synaptagmins 1 and 17

Nils Brose, Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Germany, Synaptic Vesicle Priming and the Unique features of regulated exocytosis at nerve cell synapses

Justin Taraska, National Institutes of Health, USA, Imaging the nanoscale structure of endocytosis and exocytosis with light and electron microscopy

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Subgroup Chair: Tanja Mittag, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Jean Baum, Rutgers University, USA, Modulating alpha-synuclein aggregation through IDP-IDP interactions

Jeetain Mittal, Lehigh University, USA, Identifying sequence-determinants of protein liquid-liquid phase

Wolfgang Peti, University of Arizona, USA, IDPs enable substrate specificity of Protein Phosphatases

Gary Pielak, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, Tardigrade Proteins and Desiccation Tolerance

Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Self-Assembly of the Tau Protein: Fibril Formation and Complex Coacervation

Jim Shorter, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Antagonizing aberrant phase separation of RNA-binding proteins connected to ALS/FTD

Mingjie Zhang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, Reconstituted Postsynaptic Density as a Molecular Platform for Understanding Synapse Formation and Plasticity


Subgroup Chair: Kristian Franze, Cambridge University, United Kingdom         



Karen Alim, Max Planck Institute, Germany, Fluid Flows Shaping Morphology

Jennifer Curtis, Georgia Tech, USA, Physical role of hyaluronan glycocalyx in cell adhesion and migration

Michael Murrell, Yale University, USA, Work and Dissipation in the Cell Cytoskeleton

Matteo Rauzi, Université Nice, France, Cell and embryo scale mechanisms driving epithelial folding

Manuel Théry, Cytomorphlab Paris, France, Stress fibers and the cell cortex form an integrated contractile network

Michael Sheetz, Mechanobiology Institute of Singapore, The Mechanobiology of the Transformed State in Cancer

Clare Waterman, National Institutes of Health, USA, Integrin-mediated mechano-sensation in innate immunity

Membrane Biophysics

Subgroup Chair: Andrew Plested, Leibnize Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Germany          


Mala Shah, University College of London, United Kingdom, T-type Ca2+ channels and layer II medial entorhinal cortical stellate cell excitability

Christoph Schmidt-Hieber, Institut Pasteur, France, Dendritic, cellular and circuit mechanisms of spatial representations

Veronica Egger, Regensburg University, Germany, Mechanisms of local and global synaptic signalling in olfactory bulb granule cell dendrites

Jeff Diamond, National Institutes of Health, USA, Compartmentalized dendritic signaling in the retina

Jimmy Zhou, Yale University, USA, Dendritic integration and visual computation in retinal amacrine cells

Bruce Bean, Harvard University, USA, Context and complexity: How ionic conductances interact to control neuronal firing

Marlies Oostland, Princeton University, USA, Neuronal mechanisms underlying HCN1-dependent motor behavior deficits

Membrane Structure & Function

Subgroup Chair: Ilya Leventhal, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  


Jay Groves, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Alex Sodt, National Institutes of Health, USA, Deciphering nanometer-scale lipid structure and physics to model membrane reshaping

Claudia Steinem, University of Göttingen, Germany, Pore-spanning membranes: A versatile tool to investigate dynamic processes of lipid bilayers

Jenifer Thewalt, Simon Fraser University, Canada, Using deuterium NMR to study sterols & phospholipids - is it just a phase?

Akihiro Kusumi, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan, Signal transduction by metastable molecular complexes: findings by single-molecule tracking

María García-Parajo, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain, Nanophotonic tools to resolve nanoscale dynamics on biological membranes

Dimitrios Stamou, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Biological heterogeneity, a phenotypic trait that we harvested to investigate membranes and membrane proteins


Presenting Junior Researchers:

Robert Ernst, University of Saarland, Germany

Itay Budin, University of California - Berkeley, USA, Cellular functions for membrane viscosity revealed by lipid engineering efforts

Molecular Biophysics

Subgroup Chair: Maria Spies, University of Iowa


Terence Strick, Institut Jacques Monod, University Paris Diderot, France, Real-Time Monitoring of Multivalent DNA Repair Complexes in Action

Catherine Musselman, University of Iowa, USA, The effect on nucleosome conformation and histone tail binding and specificity

Claire Wyman, Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands, Dynamic proteins and interactions driving homologous recombination: A BRCA2 centric view

Tom Perkins, University of Colorado, USA, Probing and reconstructing free-energy landscapes of diverse bimolecular systems by AFM

Motility & Cytoskeleton

Subgroup Chairs: William Hancock, Pennsylvania State University and Neil Kad, University of Kent, United Kingdom


Mike Geeves, University of Kent, United Kingdom, Lessons from the actin-myosin II family; docking, mechanochemistry and myopathies

Ethan Garner, Harvard University, USA, Single molecule approaches to understanding bacterial width and growth

Ken'ya Furuta, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan, Re-design of linear molecular motors

Jonathan Bird, University of Florida, USA, Sensing sound over a lifetime: how myosin motors continually shape the stereocilia cytoskeleton

Magdalena Bezanilla, Dartmouth College, USA, Cytoskeletal dynamics during polarized growth

Erik Schäffer, University of Tubingen, Germany, Novel Optical Tweezers Probes: How Kinesin Motors Get to the Microtubule End


Pasquale Bianco, University of Florence, Italy, A myosin II nanomachine mimicking the striated muscle

Nanoscale Biophysics

Subgroup Co-Chairs: Keir Neuman, National Institutes of Health and Ozgur Sahin, Columbia University


Suliana Manley, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, Switzerland, High-throughput super-resolution microscopy for revealing molecular architecture

Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Nanodiscs and free-standing bilayers for single-molecule studies at the lipid membrane

Sabrina Leslie, McGill University, Canada, Single-molecule imaging of structure-mediated interactions in DNA molecules under cell-like conditions

Ibrahim Cissé, MIT, USA, Super-resolution imaging of transcription in live mammalian cells

Peng Yin,  Harvard Medical School, USA, Biomolecular Analysis with DNA Probes

Bart Hoogenboom, University College London and London Centre of Nanotechnology, United Kingdom, Visualising Self-Assembly of Pore Forming Proteins on Their Target Membranes

Philipp Kukura, Oxford University, United Kingdom, Weighing Single Molecules with Light

Permeation & Transport

Subgroup Chair: Susan Rempe, Sandia National Laboratories


Chris Miller, Brandeis, USA, A Strange Pore to Handle a Strange Anion

Tom Miller, California Institute of Technology, USA, Dynamics of co-translational membrane integration

Michael Grabe, University of California San Francisco, USA, Inhibitor binding to human SGLT sugar transporters

Cristina Paulino, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, The Netherlands, The KdpFABC Complex: What Happens When a P-type ATPase Hijacks an Ion Channel

Crina Nimigean, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA, Mechanism of ligand-gating in potassium channels