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


Subgroup Chair: Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie, France

Symposium Time:  8:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Symposium Room:  113C

Business Meeting:  10:25 - 10:40 AM EST



8:35 AM Shamik Sen, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Proteolytic and Non-Proteolytic Functions of MMP9 in Cancer Invasion


9:00 AM Rafael Tapia Rojo, Kings College, London, UK
Mechanochemical Regulation of the Talin-Vinculin Interaction


9:25 AM Student/Postdoc Talk: Qin Ni
Deciphering the Role of Hydrostatic Pressure in Cellular Functions and Behaviors


9:35 AM Allen Ehrlicher, McGill University, Canada
Nuclear Mechanics and Deformation Regulate Cellular Lineage and Senescence via YAP Mechanotransduction


10:00 AM Rebecca Wells, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Lipid Droplets with Varied Mechanical Properties as Mechanical Stressors in Steatotic Liver Disease


10:40 AM Allen Liu, University of Michigan, USA
Mechanobiology of Collective Cell Migration


11:05 AM Student/Postdoc Talk: Xuechen Shi
Compression Stiffening in Adipose Tissues


11:15 AM Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago, USA
How Adherent Cells Process Mechanical Information?


11:40 AM Orion Weiner, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Membrane Tension as a Long-Range Integrator of Immune Cell Physiology


12:05 PM Viola Vogel, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Mechanobiology of Extracellular Matrix Fibers: From Blood Clots to Healthy and Diseased Organs


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