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, Monday, February 22, 2021. The 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. 

2021 Subgroup Symposia programming details will be posted below as they become available. 


Registration for the Annual Meeting is required to attend the Subgroup symposia.

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Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism (formerly Bioenergetics)

Subgroup Co-Chairs:  Miguel Aon, Johns Hopkins University, USA and Gyorgy Csordas, Thomas Jefferson University, USA

Symposium Time:  10 AM - 2 PM EST

Symposium Co-Chairs:  Miguel Aon, John Hopkins University, USA and Sonia Cortassa, NIH - National Institute on Aging, USA

Symposium Title:  Mitochondrial and Metabolic Mechanisms of Lifespan and Healthspan Extension


Ann Chiao, University of Washington, USA


Rafael de Cabo, NIH - National Institute on Aging, USA


John Denu, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA


Deborah M. Muoio, Duke University Medical Center, USA


Placido Navas, Pablo de Olavide University, Spain

CoQ homeostasis in metabolic and mitochondrial disorders



Subgroup Chair: Samir Iqbal, University of Texas, Arlington

Symposium Time:  2 PM - 6 PM EST


Andrew Ferguson, University of Chicago, USA

Reconstructing protein structure and dynamics from experimental observables


Xiaoting Jia, Virginia Tech, USA


Salman Khetani, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Engineering Miniature Human Tissues for Disease Modeling and Drug Development


Katsuo Kurabayashi, University of Michigan, USA

Blood Biomarker Digital Microarray Analysis for Systemic Inflammatory Disorders

Biological Fluorescence

Subgroup Chair: Jay Knutson, NHLBI, NIH

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Paola Borri, Cardiff University, UK


Katharina Gaus, University of New South Wales, Australia


Marcelo Nollman, CNRS - Montpelier, France


Thorsten Wohland, National University of Singapore - Centre for BioImaging Sciences, Singapore

Beyond Imaging FCS: Multi-parametric fluorescence microscopy

Biopolymers in Vivo

Subgroup Chair: Daniel Harries, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Program Co-Chairs: Silvia Cavagnero, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and Bin Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


Grant Jensen, Caltech, USA

Imaging biopolymers in vivo directly with cryo-ET: Trim5 nets and IRE-1 helices


Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, HHMI, USA

Mitochondria health and deterioration under nutrient stress depend on lipid trafficking pathways set up and controlled by vacuolar phase-separated, sterol-rich microdomains


Jose Onuchic, Rice University, USA

Energy landscapes, order and disorder, and protein sequence coevolution: From proteins to chromosome structure


Lucia Strader, Duke University, USA


Iva Tolic, Ruder Boskovic Institute, USA

Channels, Receptors & Transporters (formerly Membrane Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair: Lucia Sivilotti, University College London, United Kingdom

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


John Baenziger, Ottawa University, Canada


Han Chow Chua, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Structure and Function of the Human Sodium Leak Channel NALCN


Anna Duncan, Oxford University, UK


Kirill Nadezhdin, Columbia University, USA


Subgroup Chair: Charles (Chuck) Sindelar, Yale University, USA    

Program Co-Chairs: Michael Cianfrocco, University of Michigan, USA and Andres Leschziner, University of California - San Diego, USA

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Keynote Speaker: Helen Saibil, Birkbeck University of London, UK


Gira Bhabha, NYU Langone, USA

Radostin Danev, University of Tokyo, Japan

Lori A. Passmore, Cambridge University, UK

Dimitry Tegunov, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry - Göttingen, Germany

Sharon G. Wolf, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Nieng Yan, Princeton University, USA

Tristan Croll, Cambridge University, UK

Siew Siew Pang, Monash University, Australia

Lexi Walls, University of Washington, USA

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Subgroup Chair: Nicolas Fawzi, Brown University, USA

Program Co-Chairs: Robert Best, NIH, USA and Alessandro Borgia,  Univeristy of Zurich, Switzerland

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Keynote Speaker: Keith Dunker, Indiana University, USA (Founder of IDP Subgroup)


Alexander K. Büll, Technical University of Denmark


Rosana Collepardo, Cambridge University, UK

Liquid-like chromatin organization from multiscale modelling


Beat Fierz, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland


Hagen Hofmann, Weizmann Institute, Israel


Allie Obermeyer, Columbia University, USA


Anđela Šarić, University College London, UK


Wenwei Zheng, Arizona State University, USA

Computational models for liquid-liquid phase separation of intrinsically disordered proteins

Macromolecular Machines & Assemblies (formerly Molecular Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair: Catherine Musselman, University of Colorado - Anschutz, USA

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Carlos Castaneda, Sryacuse University, USA


Aaron Hoskins, University of Wisconsin, USA

Using single molecules to map the pathways of spliceosome active site formation


Vignesh Kasinath, University of California - Berkeley, USA


Cheryl Kerfeld, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

Diversity, Structure, Function, Assembly and Engineering of Primitive Protein-Based Organelles: Bacterial Microcompartments


Anna-Lena Steckelberg, University of Colorado - Anschutz, USA


Lovorka Stojic, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Long noncoding RNAs: new guardians of genome integrity during the cell cycle


Subgroup Chair: Michael Sheetz, Columbia University, USA       

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


Keynote Speaker: Xavier Trepat, IBEC Barcelona, Spain

Mechanical multitasking: the forces that enable epithelia to fold, migrate, divide and die


Otger Campas, University of California - Santa Barbara, USA


Stuti Desai, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA

Collective behavior of Salmonella in persistent infections


Lisa Manning, Syracuse University, USA


Sweta Murthy, Oregon Health & Science University - Vollum Institute, USA


Celeste Nelson, Princeton University, USA

How to build an epithelial tree


Matthew J. Paszek, Cornell University, USA

Control of membrane morphological transitions by the glycocalyx 


Omer Shafraz, University of California - Davis, USA


Sara Wickström, University of Helsinki, Finland

Nuclear mechanotransduction: regulation of cell fate and integrity

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

Subgroup Chair:  Jenny Hinshaw, NIH - NIDDK, USA

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


Elizabeth Chen, University of Texas - Southwestern, USA

Mechanical tension drives cell-cell fusion


David DiGregorio, Institut Pasteur, France

Mechanisms underlying the diversity of calcium-dependent synaptic vesicle fusion dynamics


Adam Frost, University of California - San Francisco, USA

Membrane Mechanics: New Insights from CryoEM and CryoEM-guided Simulations


Gregory Melikian, Emory University, USA


Dragomir Milovanovic, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Germany


Carole Parent, University of Michigan, USA

Extracellular vesicles as key regulators of Dictyostelium and neutrophils chemotaxis


Simon Scheuring, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA

High-speed AFM: Membrane Deformation Protein Complexes in Action


Joshua Zimmerberg, NICHD - NIH, USA

Membrane Structure & Function (formerly Membrane Structure & Assemblies)

Subgroup Chair: Sarah Veatch, University of Michigan, USA 

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Fredric Cohen, Rush University, USA


Ana J. Garcia-Saéz, University of Cologne, Germany

Interplay between the cellular machinery for apoptosis and mitochondrial division


Martin Girard, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research - Mainz, Germany


Félix Goñi, Basque Center for Biophysics (EHU), Spain

Can we dispense with sphingolipids? Correlation between membrane lipid composition and biophysical properties in sphingolipid-restricted mammalian cells


Kristen A. Johnson, University of Texas - Southwestern, USA

Cholesterol accessibility in membranes


Ben Machta, Yale University, USA


Sarah Shelby, University of Michigan, USA


Feng Yuan, University of Texas - Austin, USA

Membrane bending by protein phase separation

Membrane Transport (formerly Permeation & Transport)

Subgroup Chair:  Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Oliver Beckstein, Arizona State University, USA

The transport cycle of a sodium/proton antiporter


Susan K. Buchanan, NIH - NIDDK, USA

Structural insight into toxin secretion by contact dependent growth inhibition of transporters


Nancy Carrasco, Vanderbilt University, USA


David Drew, Stockholm University, Sweden

The molecular determinants for unlocking substrate translocation in GLUT transporters


Hiro Furukawa, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Architecture and function of neuronal machinery


Han Sun, FMP Berlin, Germany

Ion permeation in non-selective cation channels

Motility & Cytoskeleton

Subgroup Co-Chairs:  Sanford (Sandy) Bernstein, San Diego State University, USA and Kenneth (Ken) Campbell, University of Kentucky, USA

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Joseph Atherton, King's College London, UK


Krishna Chinthalapudi, Ohio State University Medical College, USA


Nadia Daneshparvar, Florida State University, USA


Melissa Gardner, University of Minnesota, USA


Michael J. Greenberg, Washington University in St. Louis, USA


Thomas Kampourakis, King's College London, UK


Andrew Mead, University of Vermont, USA


Nikki Reinemann, University of Mississippi, USA


Jing Xu, University of California - Merced, USA

Cholesterol in cargo membrane amplifies inhibitory effect of MAP tau on kinesin-1


Marija Zanic, Vanderbilt University, USA

Dynamic Architecture of the Microtubule Cytoskeleton: Understanding by Building

Multiscale Genome Organization

Subgroup Co-Chairs: Tom C. Bishop, Louisiana Tech University, USA and Tamar Schlick, New York University, USA

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


Yamini Dalal, National Cancer Insitute - NIH, USA

Bungee jumping into fragile sites in the human cancer genome: mapping nano-elasticity of variant chromatin structure


Michele Di Pierro, Northeastern University, USA


Hitoshi Kumumizaka, University of Tokyo, Japan

Nucleosome contribution to epigenetic genome regulation


Catherine Musselman, Colorado University - Anschutz, USA


Lars Nordenskiöld, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore


Garegin Papoian, University of Maryland, USA


Helmut Schiessel, Leiden University, Netherlands

Demultiplexing information written along DNA molecules


Andrzej Stasiak, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Nanoscale Approaches to Biology (formerly Nanoscale Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair: Frederik Westerlund, Chalmers University

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST



Bianxiao Cui, Stanford University


Aleksandra Radenovic, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland


Felix Rico, INSERM (Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale), France


Ilaria Testa, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


Mark Williams, Northeastern University, USA

Physical Cell Biology (formerly Cell Biophysics)

Subgroup Chair:  Melike Lakadamyali, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Program Chair:  Johan Elf, Uppsala University, Sweden

Symposium Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


Naama Barkai, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Disorder region guide transcription factor to specific genomic sites


Long Cai, Caltech, USA


Nicholas Plachta, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Imaging how cells choose their fate, shape and position to form the mammalian embryo


Aviv Regev, MIT and Harvard - Broad Institute, USA