Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey Medical Center
University Conference Center
500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
October 6, 2017


Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. David Thomas
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Principle Investigator, Minnesota Muscle Research Laboratory
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455



This is the 5th Pennsylvania Biophysical Society Networking Event. Previous conferences have successfully brought together biophysics researchers, educators, and trainees in the Mid-Atlantic region. This event is designed to provide opportunities for those broadly interested in biophysics to share their research and develop collaborations. 

The organizers say the opportunity for trainees to present their work at a regional conference is invaluable. There will be several slots for students and postdocs to give talks. There will also be two poster sessions and a keynote talk.

The conference will be held at the University Conference Center on the Campus of Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center.

Host: Dr. Christopher M. Yengo
Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, PA 17033

Please check back frequently for updates on the program. 

Registration and Abstract Submission:

Please register soon for this free conference to allow adequate time for meeting planning. The registration deadline is September 29th

Please visit the website hosted by Penn State to register and submit abstracts: 

Poster/platform talk abstract submission:
Please upload your abstract when you register. You will be able to indicate if you would like to be considered for a platform talk. The suggested maximum pster size is 45" x 45". 


 Schedule of Events   
 8:00 AM
 Registration and Poster Set-up
 9:00 AM
 Welcome and Introduction
 9:15 AM "Calcium Sensing and Signal Generation at ER-PM Junctions"
Donald Gill, PhD. Penn State College of Medicine
 10:00 AM "Silent code": diverse functions of closely homologous actin isoforms are defined by their nucleotide, rather than their amino acid sequence"
Pavan Vedula, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
 10:15 AM Coffee Break
 10:45 AM "Modeling of actin dynamics in cytokinesis and polarized cell growth"
Dimitrios Vavylonis, PhD. Lehigh University
 11:30 AM "Mechanism of microtubule stabilization by kinesin-5"
Geng-Yuan Chen, Graduate Student, Penn State University
 11:45 AM "Induction of apoptosis through non-canonical activation of caspase-8 on immature autophagosomal membranes"
Zhenyuan Tang, Graduate Student, PSU College of Medicine
 12:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session
 2:00 PM "The Microscale Mechanics of Tendon Function, Fatigue, and Degeneration"
Spencer Szczesny, PhD, Penn State University
 2:45 PM "Impact of Myo3A Deafness Mutation on Stereocilia Structure/Function"
Laura Gunther, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellow, PSU College of Medicine
 3:00 PM Keynote Speaker:
"Muscle Protein Structural Dynamics and Therapeutic Discovery"
David D. Thomas, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
University of Minnesota
Minnesota Muscle Research Laboratory
 4:00 PM Business Meeting and Wrap-Up