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

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, National Institute on Aging, NIH, USA

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


Ann Chiao, University of Washington, USA

Mitochondrial Function in Cardiac Aging and Healthspan


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

The Impact of NAD(P)H: Quinone Oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) on Health and Mitochondrial, Glucose and Lipid Metabolism


John Denu, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA

Mitochondrial Metabolism and the Epigenome


Deborah M. Muoio, Duke University Medical Center, USA

Mitochondrial Adaptations to Bioenergetic Stress ​


Plácido Navas, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, 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

Flexible Multifunctional Fibers for Brain Interfacing


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, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, USA 

Symposium Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST


Paola Borri, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy for Quantitative Label-free Bioimaging


Katharina Gaus, University of New South Wales, Australia

Single Molecule Imaging of T Cell Receptor Signalling


Marcelo Nollman, CNRS - Montpelier, France

Through the Looking-glass: Imaging-based Chromosome Conformation Capture in Single Cells


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, California Institute of Technology, USA

Imaging Biopolymers in vivo directly with Cryo-ET: Trim5 Nets and IRE-1 Helices


Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 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

Condensation of a Plant Transcription Factor Driven by an Oligomerization Domain and IDR


Iva Tolic, Ruder Boskovic Institute, USA

Optogenetic Control of Spindle Microtubule Crosslinkers Reveals that Bridging Fibers Promote Chromosome Alignment by Overlap Length-Dependent Forces

Channels, Receptors & Transporters

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

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


John Baenziger, Ottawa University, Canada

The Structural Basis for Lipid-Sensing in a Pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channel


Han Chow Chua, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Structure and Function of the Human Sodium Leak Channel NALCN


Anna Duncan, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Jostling for Position: Defining How Multiple Lipid Species Interact with Inward Rectifier Potassium (Kir) Channels


Kirill Nadezhdin, Columbia University, USA

Structure and Function of TRPV Channels


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, United Kingdom

Cryo EM of Dynamic Complexes


Gira Bhabha, New York University Langone Health, USA

Tunnels for Lipid Transport Across the Bacterial Cell Envelope


Tristan Croll, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Physics-based Interactive Model Building with ISOLDE


Radostin Danev, University of Tokyo, Japan

Pushing the Limits of Cryo-EM for G Protein-coupled Receptors


Yimo Han, Rice University, USA

Monolayer Graphene Grids Enable 2.6-Å Reconstruction of 52-kDa Streptavidin 


Siew Siew Pang, Monash University, Australia


Lori A. Passmore, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Mechanistic Insights into Molecular Machines that Regulate Gene Expression


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

Resolving Protein Dynamics in situ with Deep Learning


Lexi Walls, University of Washington, USA

Visualizing the SARS-CoV-2 Spike in Complex with Neutralizing Antibodies


Sharon G. Wolf, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Revealing Mitochondrial Architecture in Vitrified Cells by CryoSTEM Tomograph

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Subgroup Chair: Nicolas Fawzi, Brown University, USA

Program Co-Chairs: Robert Best, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, USA and Alessandro Borgia, St. Jude Children's Hospital, USA

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


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

On the Evolution of IDRs, IDDs, and IDPs


Alexander K. Buell, Technical University of Denmark

The Thermodynamics of Misfolding into Amyloid Fibrils


Rosana Collepardo, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Liquid-like Chromatin Organization from Multiscale Modelling


Beat Fierz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Dynamic Control Mechanisms of Local Chromatin Access


Hagen Hofmann, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Allostery through DNA Drives Phenotype Switching


Allie Obermeyer, Columbia University, USA

Design of Protein-based Complex Coacervates in Cells


Anđela Šarić, University College London, United Kingdom

Pathways of Amyloid Formation in Solution and on Lipid Membranes


Wenwei Zheng, Arizona State University, USA

Computational Models for Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Macromolecular Machines & Assemblies

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

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


Carlos A. Castañeda, Sryacuse University, USA

Function and Mechanisms of UBQLN2-mediated Phase Transitions in Protein Quality Control


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

Structural Insights into the Regulation of Gene Silencer PRC2


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

Viral Manipulation of Translation and RNA Turnover


Lovorka Stojic, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

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

Fluid-to-Solid Transitions and Tissue Fluidization in Embryonic Tissues 


Stuti Desai, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA

Collective Behavior of Salmonella in Persistent Infections


Lisa Manning, Syracuse University, USA

Geometric Signatures of Heterotypic Cell-Cell Interactions in Confluent Tissues


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

The Molecular Basis of Mechanically Activated Ion Channels OSCAs


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

Mapping Transmembrane Binding Partners for E-cadherin Ectodomains


Sara Wickström, University of Helsinki, Finland

Nuclear Mechanotransduction: Regulation of Cell Fate and Integrity

Membrane Fusion, Fission, and Traffic

Subgroup Chair:  Jenny Hinshaw, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, NIH, 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

Inhibition of Viral Fusion by Interferon-induced Transmembrane Proteins


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

A Phase of Synapsin and Synaptic Vesicles Recruits Alpha-Synuclein


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, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, USA

The Pathway for Membrane Fusion and Fission in Exocytosis and Viral Entry

Membrane Structure and Function

Subgroup Chair: Sarah Veatch, University of Michigan, USA 

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


Fredric Cohen, Rush University, USA

Dynamic Regulation of the Chemical Potential of Plasma Membrane Cholesterol by Growth Factors


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

Insights into Regulation of Cell Membranes through Regulated Ensembles


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


Benjamin Machta, Yale University, USA

(Pre)Wetting of Protein Droplets to Critical Membranes


Sarah Shelby, University of Michigan, USA

Immune Receptors and the Membrane Microenvironment


Feng Yuan, University of Texas - Austin, USA

Membrane Bending by Protein Phase Separation

Membrane 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, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, NIH, 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


Kavita Iyer, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA 

Cyro-EM and Functional Studies of RyRs Carrying Mutations Leading to "Leaky" Phenotype 


Han Sun, Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP) - Berlin, Germany 

Ion Permeation in Non-selective Cation Channels 


Noah Trebesch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 

Mechanistic Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Large-Scale Conformational Transitions in the INDY Transport Cycle 

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


Motility & Ctyoskeleton Early Career Award Winner: Marija Zanic, Vanderbilt University, USA

Dynamic Architecture of the Microtubule Cytoskeleton: Understanding by Building


Joseph Atherton, King's College London, United Kingdom

The Mechanism of Selective Kinesin Inhibition by Kinesin Binding Protein


Krishna Chinthalapudi, Ohio State University Medical College, USA

Structural Basis of Nonmuscle Myosin-2 Regulation


Nadia Daneshparvar, Florida State University, USA

Cryo-EM Structure of Drosophila Thick Filaments


Melissa Gardner, University of Minnesota, USA

A Tug-of-War at the Plus-end: Kinesin-14 Motors and Plus-end Microtubule Dynamics


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

SARS-CoV-2 Infects Human Engineered Heart Tissues and Models COVID-19 Myocarditis


Thomas Kampourakis, King's College London, United Kingdom

The N-terminal Lobe of the Myosin Regulatory Light Chain is Part of a Sarcomeric Length Sensor in Cardiac Muscle


Andrew Mead, University of Vermont, USA

A Quick Tail: Larval Zebrafish Muscles are a See-through Window into Mechanisms of Contractile Modulation


Nikki Reinemann, University of Mississippi, USA

Probing Hierarchical Cytoskeletal Ensembles Using Optical Tweezers


Jing Xu, University of California - Merced, USA

Cholesterol in Cargo Membrane Amplifies Inhibitory Effect of MAP tau on Kinesin-1

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

Across Space and Along Polymers: Epigenetics’ Conflicting Means of Shaping Chromosomes


Hitoshi Kurumizaka, University of Tokyo, Japan

Nucleosome Contribution to Epigenetic Genome Regulation


Catherine Musselman, Colorado University - Anschutz, USA

Chromatin Signaling: the Importance of Histone Tail Conformation


Lars Nordenskiöld, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Structure and Dynamics of Telomeric Chromatin 


Garegin Papoian, University of Maryland, USA

Nucleosomal Physics from Electrostatics to Elasticity 


Helmut Schiessel, Leiden University, Netherlands

Demultiplexing Information Written Along DNA Molecules


Andrzej Stasiak, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Topological Analysis of Chromosomal Tracings, Obtained by Serial Fluorescent in situ Hybridization Method, Suggests that Human Chromosomes are Unknotted 

Nanoscale Approaches to Biology

Subgroup Chair: Frederik Westerlund, Chalmers University, Sweden

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



Bianxiao Cui, Stanford University

Nanoscale Structures Modulating Cell Signaling at the Nano-Bio Interface


Aleksandra Radenovic, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Correlative 3D Microscopy of Single Cells using Super-Resolution and Scanning Ion-Conductance Microscopy


Felix Rico, University of Aix-Marseille, France

Dynamics and Binding Strength of the Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2 Probed by High-speed Atomic Force Microscopy


Ilaria Testa, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

3D Optical Nanoscopy in Living Cells


Mark Williams, Northeastern University, USA

Human FACT Proteins Facilitate both Disassembly and Reassembly of Nucleosomes

Physical Cell Biology

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, California Institute of Technology, USA

Spatial Genomics in situ Analysis by seqFISH


Nicholas Plachta, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Imaging How Cells Choose their Fate, Shape and Position to Form the Mammalian Embryo


Aviv Regev, Broad Institute, USA

Design for Inference and the Power of Random Experiments in Biology