The Biophysical Society's Subgroups hold symposia that allow attendees to meet and interact within focused areas.  Subgroup symposia will be held on the first day of the Annual Meeting, Saturday, February 15, 2020. 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 2020 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 (formerly Bioenergetics)

Subgroup Co-Chairs:  Karin Busch, University of Muenster, Germany and Tatiana Rostovtseva, NIH, USA

Program Co-Chairs:  Brian O'Rourke, Johns Hopkins Medicine, USA and Evgeny Pavlov, New York University, USA

Symposium Title:  Mitochondrial Ion Channels

San Diego Convention Center Rooms:  TBD

Business Meeting:  12 noon - 12:30 pm


Diego De Stefani, University of Padova, Italy

ATP-Sensitive Channels in the Inner Mitochondrial Membrane

Jason Karch, Baylor College of Medicine

Genetic Inhibition of the Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore

Nelli Mnatsakanyan, Yale School of Medicine

Structural and Pharmacological Characterization of Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore: A Megachannel Formed by F1FO-ATP Synthase

Shey-Shing Sheu, Thomas Jefferson University

Distinctive Characteristics and Functions of Multiple Ca2+ Channels in Cardiac Mitochondria

Harpreet Singh, Ohio State University, College of Medicine

Mitochondrial Chloride Intracellular Channels in Cardioprotection

Steven J. Sollott, NIH, National Institute on Aging

K+- and H+-Fluxes Drive ATP Synthesis in Mammalian ATP Synthase


Subgroup Chair: Raphael Lee, University of Chicago

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 3:05 - 3:30 PM


Yasser Aboelkassem, University of California, San Diego

A Stochastic Multiscale Model of Cardiac Muscle Biophysics using Brownian-Langevin Dynamics


Andrew D. McCulloch, University of California, San Diego

Multi-scale Modeling of Therapeutic Mechanisms for Heart Failure


Taher Saif, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

An in vitro 3D Neuro Muscular Platform Reveals Crosstalk between Neural Networks and Muscles


Zuzanna S. Siwy, University of California, Irvine

Nanopores and Channels for Biomimetics and Biomedical Engineering


John P. Wikswo, Vanderbilt University

Multi-Omics and Automated Microfluidic Pumps and Valves for Controlling and Reverse Engineering of Biological Systems


H. Steven Wiley, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Modulating Cell Protein Abundance to both Understand and Manipulate Biological Networks

Biological Fluorescence

Subgroup Chair: Diane Lidke, University of New Mexico

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 3:20 - 3:30 PM


Diego Krapf, Colorado State University

Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Membrane Receptors at the Nanoscale


Sandrine Lévêque-Fort, CNRS, Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, Université Paris-Sud, France

Playing with Fluorescence Emission for Enhanced Superresolution Microscopy


Satyajit Mayor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India

Exploring the Skin of a Cell Using Fluorescence Microscopy Reveals an Active Membrane Composite


George Harold Patterson, NIH, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Photoswitching FRET Studies of Doxorubicin-Chromatin Interactions


Angelika Rück, Universität Ulm, Germany

Metabolic FLIM and Oxygen PLIM: Basics and Biomedical Applications

Biopolymers in Vivo

Subgroup Chair: Zaida Luthey-Schulten, University of Illinois, USA

Program Co-Chairs: Kendra Frederick, UT Southwestern, USA and Lynette Cegelski, Stanford, USA

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 8:30 - 9:00 AM


Wolfgang Baumeister, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

Structural Biology ‘in situ’: The Promise and Challenges of Cryo-Electron Tomography


Silvia Cavagnero, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Role of the Ribosome in Protein Folding and Aggregation


Melinda Duer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Heavy Mice and Lighter Things: Using Solid-state NMR to Study the Extracellular Matrix


Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, City University of New York

Emergent Material Properties of Biopolymer Condensates


Ramon Grima, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Detailed Mathematical Models of Stochastic Gene Expression in Eukaryotic Cells

Channels, Receptors & Transporters (formerly Membrane Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair: Crina Nimigean, Cornell University - Weill Medical College, USA

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 10:35 - 10:45 AM

Symposium Title: Ion Channel and Receptor Pharmacology: Insights from Correlating CryoEM Structures with Functional Data

Symposium Time: 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM



Radu Aricescu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Structural Pharmacology of Human GABAA Receptors


Sudha Chakrapani, Case Western Reserve University

Gating Mechanisms in Pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channels


Richard Hite, Sloan Kettering Institute

Structures of the Non-Canonical lysosomal K+ Channel TMEM175


Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, University of Pennsylvania

Molecular Mechanisms of TRPV Channels Gating Revealed by Cryo-EM


Eduardo Perozo, University of Chicago

Mechanisms of Electromechanical Coupling in Non-Domain-Swapped Voltage Dependent Channels


Irina I. Serysheva, University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston

Structural Insights into IP3R Gating and Regulation


Georgios Skiniotis, Stanford University

CryoEM of GPCRs: from Molecular Mechanism to Drug Discovery


The Cole Award Reception & Dinner will be held at San Diego Water Grill, 615 J Street, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are required, and may be purchased online. *ALL tickets are sold out as of 10/15/2019*


Subgroup Chair: Elizabeth Villa, University of California, San Diego, USA    

Program Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Kellogg, Cornell University and Melanie Ohi, University of Michigan Medical School

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 6:49 - 7:04 PM

Symposium Title: Cryo-Electron Microscopy:  From Atoms to Cells and Beyond


Christopher Barnes, HHMI Hanna Gray Postdoc Fellow at California Institute of Technology

Structures of HIV-1 Envelope Trimers Define Antibody-Mediated Neutralization of HIV-1


Ariane Briegel, Leiden University, Netherlands

Cryo-Electron Tomography Contributes to our Understanding of Bacterial Interactions with their Environment


Bridget Carragher, Columbia University

CryoEM Automation: Better, Faster, Cheaper


David DeRosier, Brandeis University

Where in the Cell is my Protein?


Nikolaus Grigorieff, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Identification and Localization of Macromolecular Complexes in Cells by High-Resolution Template Matching


Vignesh Kasinath, Helen Kay Whitney Postdoc Fellow at University of California, Berkeley

Structural Characterization of Large Macromolecular Complexes Regulating Chromosome Architecture and Gene Expression


Kanika Khanna, PhD Candidate at University of California, San Diego

Regulation of Cell Division during Sporulation in Bacillus Subtilis


Arne Möller, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany

The Conformational Dynamics of an ABC Transporter under Turnover Conditions


Juergen M. Plitzko, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Towards a Biopsy at the Nanoscale: Advances in Cryo-Electron Tomography for in situ Structural Biology of Cells and Tissues

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Subgroup Chair: M. Madan Babu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Program Co-Chairs: Jane Clarke, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Zachary Levine, Yale School of Medicine, and Andrea Soranno, Washington Univeristy in St. Louis

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 1:30 - 1:50 PM


Priya R. Banerjee, University at Buffalo

Emergent Structure and Dynamics of Low-complexity Nucleoprotein Condensates


Yuh Min Chook, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Karyopherin as Chaperone


Tuomas Knowles, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Jacqueline Matthews, University of Sydney, Australia

Kinetic Regulation of IDR-Protein Interactions in Transcription Regulation


Jeanne Stachowiak, University of Texas, Austin

Disordered Proteins as Catalysts of Membrane Traffic


Markus Zweckstetter, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Macromolecular Machines & Assemblies (formerly Molecular Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair: Ilya Finkelstein, University of Texas, USA

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: TBD


Kendra Frederick, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

In Cell Structural Biology of Protein Complexes using Sensitivity Enhanced Solid-State NMR


Yan Jie, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore

Understand and Modulate the Stability of Force-Transmission Cytoskeletal Supramolecular Linkages


David Taylor, University of Texas, Austin

Structures of Many Macromolecular Machines from a Single Cryo-EM Experiment


Subgroup Chair: Xavier Trepat, IBEC Barcelona, Spain        

San Diego Convention Center Rooms: TBD

Business Meeting: 12:15 - 12:30 PM


Adam J. Engler, University of California, San Diego

Understanding and Exploiting Cancer Mechanobiology


Carsten Grashoff, Institute of Molecular Cell Biology, WMU Münster, Germany

Piconewton-Sensitive Biosensors to Investigate Adhesion Mechanics in Cells


Jennifer A. Zallen, Sloan Kettering Institute

Signals, Forces, and Cells:  Decoding Tissue Morphogenesis

Membrane Fusion, Fission & Traffic (formerly Exocytosis & Endocytosis)

Subgroup Chair:  Ling-Gang Wu, NIH - NINDS, USA

San Diego Convention Center Rooms:  TBD

Business Meeting: 11:20 - 11:35 AM


Camin Dean, European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen, Germany

AMPA Receptor Endocytosis During Forgetting


Erdem Karatekin, Yale School of Medicine

Dynamics of Membrane Tension and Synaptic Vesicle Recycling


Michelle Knowles, University of Denver

Visualizing how SNARE Proteins Regulate Exosome Secretion


Frédéric A. Meunier, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Australia

Dynamic Nanoscale Organization of the Presynaptic Neurotransmitter Release Machinery


Jonas Ries, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany

High-throughput Superresolution Microscopy of Endocytosis – Linking Molecular Architecture and Mechanics of a Protein Machinery


Jakob Balslev Sørenson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Synaptotagmin-7 Places Vesicles at the Plasma Membrane to Promote Munc13-2 Dependent Priming


Richard Tsien, New York University School of Medicine

Sir Bernard Katz Award Lecture

Membrane Structure & Function (formerly Membrane Structure & Assemblies)

Subgroup Chair: Peter Tieleman, University of Calgary, Canada 

San Diego Convention Center Room: TBD

Business Meeting: 5:15 - 5:30 PM


Ana J. García-Sáez, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany

Membrane Permeabilization in Regulated Cell Death


Fred A. Heberle, University of Tennessee

The Revolution Will Not be Symmetrized: Lessons from Asymmetric Model Membranes


Helgi I. Ingólfsson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Simulating Plasma Membranes: Effects of Leaflet Asymmetry and Compositional Complexity


Lutz Maibaum, University of Washington

Modeling Membrane Heterogeneities at Small and Large Length Scales


Anant Menon, Weill Cornell Medical College

Phospholipid Scramblases and Transbilayer Lipid Asymmetry


Janice L. Robertson, Washington University in St. Louis

Tuning CLC Dimerization in Membranes by Optimizing the Lipid Solvent


Emad Tajkhorshid, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Thomas E. Thompson Award Lecture


Membrane Transport (formerly Permeation & Transport)

Subgroup Chair:  Susan Rempe, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

San Diego Convention Center Room:  TBD

Business Meeting: 5:00 - 5:30 PM


Grace Brannigan, Rutgers University

Ligand Binding in Membranes: A Clean Approach when Lipids are the Ligand, Solvent, and Concentration Scale


José D. Faraldo-Gómez, NIH, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Membrane Morphology, Energetics & Dynamics at the Interface with Transport Proteins


Katherine Henzler-Wildman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Controlling the Rate and Efficiency of Proton-Coupled Transport by EmrE


Osamu Nureki, University of Tokyo, Japan

Structural Basis for Transport Cycle of P4 Flippase


Randy Stockbridge, University of Michigan

Evolution of Drug Export by the Small Multidrug Resistance Family of Transporters

The Cole Award Reception & Dinner will be held at San Diego Water Grill, 615 J Street, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are required, and may be purchased online. **All tickets are SOLD OUT as of 10/15/19**

Motility & Cytoskeleton

Subgroup Co-Chairs:  Michael Previs, University of Vermont, USA, Ahmet Yildiz, University of California, Berkeley, USA

San Diego Convention Center Rooms:  TBD

Business Meeting: 3:15 - 3:40 PM


Andrew Carter, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dynein regulation


Alexander Dunn, Stanford University

A Molecular Mechanism for Symmetry Breaking at Cell-Cell Adhesion Complexes


Jonathon Howard, Yale University

Roles of Vertical and Horizontal Forces on the Processivity of Motors


Gaia Pigino, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

3D Structure and Regulation of Intraflagellar Transport by CLEM and Cryo-EM


Antonina Roll-Mecak, NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Microtubule Dynamics: Not Only at the Tips


Benjamin L. Prosser, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

The Microtubule Network in Cardiac Hypertrophy and Heart Failure


Sakthivel Sadayappan, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein-C Regulates Cardiac Contractility


David D. Thomas, University of Minnesota

Spectroscopic Probes of Muscle Proteins: Mechanistic Insights and Therapeutic Discovery


Rui Zhang, Washington University in St. Louis

High-Resolution Cryo-EM Structure of the Decorated Ciliary Doublet Microtubule

Nanoscale Approaches to Biology (formerly Nanoscale Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair:  Ozgur Sahin, Columbia University

San Diego Convention Center Room:  TBD

Business Meeting:  12:20 - 12:30 PM


Toshio Ando, Kanazawa University, Japan

High-Speed AFM Revealing Dynamic Biomolecular Processes


Olga Dudko, University of California, San Diego

On the Border of Order: Chromosomal Organization in Space and Time


Hermann E. Gaub, LMU München, Germany

Molecular Mechanisms of Extreme Mechanostability in Protein Complexes


Shixin Liu, Rockefeller University

New Insights into DNA Replication Enabled by Correlative Single-Molecule Fluorescence and Force Microscop


Sam Peng, Stanford University

Long-term, Single-cargo Tracking in Live Neurons with Single-Molecular Step Resolution


Meni Wananu, Northeastern University

Docking, Squeezing, and Unfolding Individual Native Proteins in a Solid State Nanopore

Physical Cell Biology (formerly Cell Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair:  Julie S. Biteen, University of Michigan, USA

Program Chair:  Keng-hui Lin, Academia Sinica - Institute of Physics, Taiwan

San Diego Convention Center Rooms:  TBD

Business Meeting: 12 Noon - 12:15 PM


Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Yale School of Medicine

Biophysical Properties of the Bacterial Cytoplasm


Robert B. Phillips, California Institute of Technology

Schrodinger’s “What is life?” at 75: the Physical Aspects of the Living Cell Revisited


Megan T. Valentine, University of California, Santa Barbara

Force Sensing and Regulation in Tissues - from Aggregates to Organisms


Antoine M. van Oijen, University of Wollongong, Australia

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance, One Molecule at a Time


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