The Biophysical Society's Subgroups hold symposia that allow attendees to meet and interact within focused areas. 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. Subgroup symposia will be held on the first day of the Annual Meeting, Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

To view a Subgroup's 2022 symposium program, click on the Subgroup's name. Subgroup programming details will be posted as they become available. 

In 2022, the Subgroup symposia will be divided into the following sessions:

Morning Sessions (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) Afternoon Sessions (1:30 PM - 5:30 PM)
Bioengineering Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism
Biological Fluorescence Biopolymers in Vivo
Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Channels, Receptors, and Transporters
Macromolecular Machines and Assemblies Mechanobiology
Membrane Structure and Function Membrane Fusion, Fission, and Traffic
Membrane Transport Multiscale Genome Organization
Motility and Cytoskeleton Nanoscale Approaches to Biology
Single-Molecule Forces, Manipulation, and Visualization Physical Cell Biology
----------------------------------------- Theory and Computation

There is also one Evening Session from 6:00 to 10:00 PM for Cryo-EM.

For those attending Subgroup symposia, registration will be open on Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, and Saturday from 7:30 AM onwards 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:  Evgeny Pavlov, New York University, USA and Uwe Schlattner, University of Grenoble-Alpes, France

Symposium Time:  1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting:  TBD

Symposium Co-Chairs:  Karin Busch, University of Muenster, Germany and Carmen Mannella, University of Maryland

Symposium Title:  New Insights into Mitochondrial Function


Liron Boyman, University of Maryland

Mitochondrial Calcium Signaling and the Regulation of ATP Production Investigated with Novel Imaging Approaches


Tzviya Zeev-Ben-Mordehai, Utrecht University, Netherlands

The Remarkable Sperm Mitochondrial Sheath: Insights from Cryo-Electron Tomography


Andrea Dlaskova, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia

Remodeling of Cristae Ultrastructure during Hypoxia and Substrate-Dependent Metabolic Change


Adam Fenton, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Mitochondrial Adaptor TRAK2 Activates and Functionally Links Opposing Kinesin and Dynein Motors


Veronica Eisner, Pontifica Catholic University, Chile

Mitochondrial Nucleoid Dynamics Perturbation by OPA1 Disease-causing Mutants


Subgroup Chair: Michael Sacks, University of Texas, Austin

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

Subgroup Business Meeting:  TBD


Horacio Espinosa, Northwestern University, USA

Talk Title TBD


Patrick McGarry, National University of Ireland - Galway

On the Thermodynamics of Cell Contractility and Spreading in 2D and 3D Environments


Vivek Shenoy, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Regulation of Chromatin Organization by Chemo-Mechanical Cues from the Cell Microenvironment


Paul Janmey, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Building a Tissue: Mechanical Response Arises from Integrating Cells with Fibrous Networks


Christopher Chen, Boston University, USA

Cells and Forces: An ill-posed Problem?

Biological Fluorescence

Subgroup Chair: Gilad Haran, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

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

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Jerome Wenger, Institut Fresnel, France

Improving Single-Molecule Fluorescence Detection with Zero-mode Waveguide Nanoapertures


Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, EMBL at University of New South Wales, Australia

Single-Molecule Imaging of Cytoplasmic Dynein in vivo Reveals the Mechanism of Motor Activation and Cargo Capture


Xavier Darzacq, University of California Berkeley

Live Cell Single Particle Tracking Reveals New Mechanisms in Transcription Regulation


Christy Landes, Rice University

Conformational Changes Impact 3D Antibody Translational Dynamics During Separation Through an Ion Exchange Support


Thorsten Hugel, Freiburg University, Germany

Protein Dynamics and Regulation Across Scales: Integrating Fluorescence, Neutron Scattering and MD Simulations


Biopolymers in vivo

Subgroup Chair: Edward P. O'Brien, Penn State University, USA

Program Co-Chairs: Benedetta Bolognesi, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Spain and Alex S. Holehouse, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST


2:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Ibrahim Cissé, Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany

Super-resolution Imaging of Transcription in Live Mammalian Cells


2:40 PM Ilaria Piazza, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Protein Structures in Context with Proteome-wide Biophysics


3:00 PM Jané Kondev, Brandeis University

Neither Too Short, Nor Too Long, But Just Right: Assembly of Scale Invariant Filaments


3:20 PM Polly Fordyce, Stanford University

Leveraging Microfluidics for High-throughput Protein Expression, Purification, and Deep Biophysical Characterization


4:10 PM Mohammed AlQuraishi, Columbia University

Protein Structure Prediction in a Post-AlphaFold2 World


4:30 PM Ylva Ivarsson, Uppsala University, Sweden

Proteome-scale Identification of Short Linear Binding Motifs in the Intrinsically Disordered Regions of Human and Viral Proteomes


4:50 PM Rommie Amaro, University of California San Diego

Computational Microscopy of SARS-CoV-2

Channels, Receptors, and Transporters

Subgroup Chair: Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Juan Du, Van Andel Institute

Activation and Inhibition of the “Taste Channel” TRPM5


Daniel Minor, University of California, San Francisco

How to Survive a Toxic Environment - Lessons from Poison Birds and Frogs


Bryan Roth, University of North Carolina

New Insights into GPCR Structure and Function


Aashish Manglik, University of California, San Francisco

Molecular Puzzles in G Protein-coupled Receptor Signaling


Rosemary J. Cater, Columbia University

Structure and Mechanistic Basis of MFSD2A-mediated ω-3 Fatty Acid Transport


Inga Hänelt, University of Frankfurt, Germany

K+ Uptake at the Limit: Transport Mechanism and Regulation of K+ Pump KdpFABC


Subgroup Chair: Gira Bhabha, NYU Langone Health, USA    

Program Co-Chairs: Danielle Grotjahn, Scripps Research Institute, USA and Gaia Pagino, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

Symposium Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD

Subgroup Happy Hour: TBD


Minkyung Baek, University of Washington

Accurate Prediction of Protein Structures and Interactions Using Artificial Intelligence


Pamela Bjorkman, California Institute of Technology

Neutralizing Antibodies Against Coronaviruses


Josefina del Mármol, Harvard Medical School

Structural Insight into Odor Detection and Discrimination


Wanda Kukulski, University of Bern, Switzerland

The Architecture of Organelle Contact Sites Revealed by Cryo-CLEM


Elizabeth Wright, University of Wisconsin

Travels through Virus-infected Cells with in situ Cryo-ET


Janet Iwasa, University of Utah

Animating Molecular Machines


Philipp Erdmann, Human Technopole Foundation, Italy

Blobology 2.0: Visualizing LLPS by in situ Cryo-Electron Tomography

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Subgroup Chair: Edward Lemke, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz - Institute of Molecular Biology, Germany

Program Co-Chairs: Priya Banerjee, University at Buffalo, USA, Galia Debelouchina, University of California - San Diego, USA, and Jeetain Mittal, Lehigh University, USA

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

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Birthe Kragelund, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Combining Order and Disorder Reveals Roles of Disorder


Keren Lasker, Scripps Research Institute - La Jolla

Molecular Structure and Function of the Bacterial Condensate PopZ


Guanghong Wei, Fudan University, China

Mechanistic Insight into Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation and Amyloid Aggregation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins


Louise Jawerth, Leiden University, Netherlands

Fiber Growth, Ultra-low Surface Tensions and Glass-like Aging: Protein Condensates as Novel Materials


Jeremy Schmit, Kansas State University

Principles of Structure/Function in Biomolecular Condensates


Manuel Müller, King's College London, United Kingdom

Probing Life and Death Decisions with Semisynthetic ‘Designer’ p53


Sarah Rauscher, University of Toronto, Canada

All-Atom Simulations of Disordered and Flexible Proteins


Miao Yu, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Deciphering the Structure and Function of FG-nucleoporins in situ using FLIM-FRET

Macromolecular Machines and Assemblies

Subgroup Chair: Edwin Antony, St. Louis University School of Medicine, USA

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

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Allison Williams, University of California San Francisco

Visualizing the Bacterial Stress Sensing Platform in Action


Elizabeth Kellogg, Cornell University

Structural Basis for Target-site Selection in RNA-guided DNA Transposition Systems


Ci Ji Lim, University of Wisconsin Madison

Human CST Assembles into a Decameric Supercomplex upon Binding to Single-stranded Telomeric DNA


Ashley Nord, CNRS Center for Structural Biochemistry, France

Stator Dynamics of the Bacterial Flagellar Motor


Lucas Farnung, Harvard University

Structural Basis of Chromatin Transcription


Willow Coyote-Maestas, University of California San Francisco

Deconvoluting Receptor Trafficking, Regulation, and Function Using Massively Parallel Assays in Living Cells


Subhas Bera, Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research - Erlangen, Germany

High-throughput Magnetic Tweezers to Unravel the SARS-CoV-2 Polymerase Nucleotide Addition Cycle: Towards the Rational Design of Novel Antiviral Drugs


Margaret Rodgers, Johns Hopkins University

Single-Molecule Studies of Co-transcriptional Ribonucleoprotein Assembly


Subgroup Chair: Deborah E. Leckband, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA       

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Cheng Zhu, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mechanosensing Through Immunoreceptors


Ellie Tzima, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Mechanoreceptors in Endothelial Cells


Yusuke Toyama, Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore

Decoding the Spatial Pattern of Apoptosis-Induced Compensatory Proliferation


Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie, France

Generation and Control of Cellular Protrusions


Jan Lammerding, Cornell University

Nuclear Mechanobiology During Confined Migration

Membrane Fusion, Fission, and Traffic

Subgroup Chair:  Arun Anantharam, University of Toledo, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Julia von Blume, Yale University

Liquid Liquid Phase Separation (LLPS) Facilitates Insulin Granule Biosynthesis


Mark Von Zastrow, University of California San Francisco

Probing the Interface between GPCR Signaling and Membrane Traffic


Wade Regehr, Harvard University

Talk Title TBD


Carsten Sachse, Juelich Research Center, Germany

Cryo-EM Reveals Structures of ESCRT-III Membrane Remodeling Proteins from Bacteria


Prabhodh Abbineni, University of Michigan

Examining Molecular Regulation of Unconventional Cytoplasmic Protein Secretion


Ann Wehman, University of Denver

Phagolysosome Vesiculation Promotes Cell Corpse Degradation


Sir Bernard Katz Award Recipient: Jackson Meyer, University of Wisconsin

Membrane Structure and Function

Subgroup Chair: Francisco N. Barrera, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA 

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

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Philipp Kukura, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Mass Photometry of Membrane Associated and Integral Membrane Proteins


Wade Zeno, University of Southern California

Equilibrium and Dynamic Interactions between Intrinsically Disordered Proteins and Curved Membrane Surfaces


Steve Reichow, Portland State University

Connexin-46/50 Stabilization to the Local Lipid Environment Visualized at Near-Atomic Resolution


Syma Khalid, Oxford University, United Kingdom

The E. coli Outer Membrane: What Have We Learned from Molecular Simulations?


Jesús Pérez-Gil, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

Breathless Membrane Games as Played by Pulmonary Surfactant Proteins


Anne Kenworthy, University of Virginia

The Building Blocks of Caveolae, Revealed


Susan Daniel, Cornell University

Regulation of the Coronavirus Fusion Peptide Interaction with the Host Membrane and its Impact on Viral Infectivity

Membrane Transport

Subgroup Chair:  Lucie Delemotte, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

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

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Jan-Philipp Machtens, FZ Jülich, Germany

Linking Conductive Chloride Transport with Secondary-active Glutamate Transport


William DeGrado, University of California San Francisco

Analysis and Design of Proton Channels


Crina Nimigean, Weill Cornell Medicine

Mechanism of Lipid Modulation of Cyclic Nucleotide-gated Potassium Channels


Isabelle Baconguis, Vollum Institute - Oregon Health & Science University

Structural Insight into Heteromeric Assembly of Epithelial Sodium Channels

Motility and Cytoskeleton

Subgroup Co-Chairs:  Anthony Cammarato, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and Melissa K. Gardner, University of Minnesota, USA

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

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD



The Roles of Binding Proteins in Harnessing the Motor Activity of Myosin-7a


Ahmet Yildiz, University of California Berkeley

The Regulation of Kinesin and Dynein Motility by MAP7


Vitold Galkin, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Mechanism(s) of Regulation of the Cardiac Thin Filament - New Perspectives for a Longstanding Enigma


Charlotte Aumeier, University of Geneva, Switzerland

The Liquid +TIP-network Drives Microtubule Dynamics through Tubulin Condensation


Naomi Courtemanche, University of Minnesota

Untangling the Interdependent Actin Filament Nucleation and Elongation Activities of Formin


Erwin Peterman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Single-Molecule View on Intracellular Transport in C. elegans Chemosensory Cilia


Weikang Ma, Illinois Institute of Technology

Small-angle X-ray Diffraction as a Tool for Structural Characterization of Muscle in Health and Disease


Radhika Subramanian, Harvard University

Long-range Motor Communication through the Microtubule Highway


Sophie Dumont, University of California San Francisco

The Astrin/SKAP Complex Lubricates the Kinetochore-Microtubule Interface

Multiscale Genome Organization

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

Symposium Chair: Jeff Wereszczynski, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Seychelle Vos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Defining How Local Chromatin Context and Global Genome Architecture Regulate Gene Expression


Cheryl Arrowsmith, University of Toronto, Canada

Structural Genomics meets Chemical Biology: Toward Pharmacological Modulators for the Epigenome and the Entire Proteome


Serena Sanulli, Stanford University

Heterochromatin Dynamics Across Scales


Bin Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Folding Intermediates as a Model for in vivo Chromatin Organization


Shoji Takada, Kyoto University, Japan

Nucleosome Rearrangement Induced by Proteins: Molecular Simulation Approaches


Alexey Onufriev, Virginia Tech

Looking for Structure-Function Connections in Chromatin on Several Length Scales


Vlad Cojocaru, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands

How do Stem Cell Transcription Factors Bind and Unravel Genomic Nucleosomes at Atomic Resolution?


Michael Poirier, Ohio State University

Strategies Transcription Factors Use to Efficiently Invade Nucleosomes

Nanoscale Approaches to Biology

Subgroup Chair: Aleksandr Noy, University of California Merced, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Jason Dwyer, University of Rhode Island

Molecular-Level Tuning of Solid-State Nanopore Biomolecule Sensing: Optimizing DNA and Protein Analysis and Enabling Complex Carbohydrate Characterization


Naoko Mizuno, NIH - NIHLBI

Bottom-up Reconstitution of Focal Adhesion Machinery


Markita del Carpio Landry, University of California Berkeley

Nanoscale Technologies to Study Life Sciences - From Neurochemical Imaging to Agricultural Biotechnology


Aleksei Aksimentiev, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Multi-Resolution Simulations of Nanoscale Biological Systems


Yan Yu, Indiana University

Correlating Biochemical and Dynamic Changes in Cells One Organelle at a Time

Physical Cell Biology

Subgroup Chair:  Christine Payne, Duke University, USA

Program Chair:  Daniel R. Larson, National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Fangyuan Ding, University of California Irvine

RNA Regulation at the Single-Molecule Level: From Nuclear Organization to Molecular Activity


James McNally, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Germany

Nanoparticle Uptake Induces a Cytoplasmic Reorganization as Detected by X-ray and Fluorescence Microscopy


Musa Mhlanga, Radboud Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, Netherlands

Therapeutically Targeting the Noncoding Genome in Inflammatory Disease


Michelle Hastings, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Splice-modulating Antisense Oligonucleotides for the Treatment of Disease


Eric Wang, University of Florida

RNA Processing and Transport in Neuromuscular Disease

Single-Molecule Forces, Manipulation, and Visualization

Subgroup Co-Chairs:  Laura Finzi, Emory University, USA, and Mark Williams, Northeastern University, USA

Symposium Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Jinqing Huang,  Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Combing Force Manipulation and Raman Spectroscopy Characterization to Study Protein Structures


Micah McCauley, Northeastern University

Nucleosome Chaperones Facilitate both Nucleosome Assembly and Disassembly


Fernando Moreno-Herrero, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Spain

Biochemical and Biophysical Characterization of Human HELB and its Role in the Processing of RPA-ssDNA Filaments


Ingrid Tessmer, Universität Würzburg, Germany

Resolving the Subtle Details of Human DNA Alkyltransferase Lesion Search and Repair Mechanism by Single-Molecule Studies


Fredrik Westerlund, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Nanofluidics for Single DNA Molecule Analysis of DNA Repair


Gijsje Koenderink, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Mechanics of Living Matter Across Scales

Theory and Computation

Subgroup Chair: Gregory A. Voth, University of Chicago, USA

Symposium Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM PST

Subgroup Business Meeting: TBD


Cecilia Clementi, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Learning molecular models from machine learning and experimental data


Daniel Zuckerman, Oregon Health & Science University

How Should We Think About Mechanism?


Pratyush Tiwary, University of Maryland

From Atoms to Emergent Mechanisms with AI-Augmented Molecular Simulations


John Jumper, Google, United Kingdom

Highly Accurate Protein Structure Prediction with AlphaFold


Naomi Oppenheimer, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Hurricane Dynamics in a Membrane


Pilar Cassio, Flatiron Institute

Transition Rates, Survival Probabilities, and Quality of Bias from Time-dependent Biased Simulations