As the Biophysical Society continues to grow, the Society's Subgroups allow members to meet and interact within more focused areas in smaller groups. Subgroups hold scientific symposia and business meetings each year on the Saturday that starts the Annual Meeting. They also sponsor several awards, including the Student Research Achievement Awards (SRAA) Poster Competition. Membership to the Society's Subgroups is open to all members.

BPS Council is excited to launch a new Subgroup Incubator Program for those interested in establishing a recurring meeting for an underserved research topic area or demographic. The incubator program is envisioned as a mechanism to explore new topic areas and determine whether there are opportunities within an existing Subgroup to foster an ad hoc group or see whether a new Subgroup may emerge. Ad hoc groups may run incubator events for two years to demonstrate continued, sustained interest in the topic before pursuing Subgroup status. Details about the incubator program are currently in development. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism

(formerly Bioenergetics)

The Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup focuses on biophysical processes by which major energy transducing organelles such as mitochondria and chloroplasts contribute to cellular bioenergetics and metabolism. Main topics include the energy transduction, organelle signaling, biogenesis, turnover (macro autophagy), membrane dynamics, membrane transport and equivalent processes in bacteria as phylogenetic ancestors. The focus is diverse, from membrane transport involving channels, carriers, redox complexes and ATP synthase; spatiotemporal correlations among key components of oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthetic machineries to further understanding molecular mechanisms of energy transduction; to inter-organelle membrane contacts and local nanodomain communication that integrates mitochondria/chloroplasts with cellular activities and energy homeostasis. The depth of mechanistic insights ranges from cell and organelle population(s) down to intra/intermolecular structural-functional mechanisms at the level of individual proteins and macromolecular complexes.  The role of mitochondrial health in cell and organ metabolism and survival are relevant subjects since they combine the energy and redox sustaining ability of these organelles to signal cell function and adaptation under stress, health and disease.

Our subgroup evolves and develops thanks to the dialogue between biophysicists, biologists, chemists, physiologists and physicians, whom all contribute to the progress of this exciting research field. The subgroup’s annual Young Bioenergeticist Award (YBA) recognizes excellence in contributions to the field of bioenergetics by young investigators.

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In order to join the Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup, you must be a member of the Society.


Nelli Mnatsakanyan, Co-Chair (2023-2024)

Ildiko Szabo, Co-Chair (2023-2024)

Harpreet Singh, Co-Chair-Elect (2023-2024)

Shanmaughapryia Santhanam, Co-Chair-Elect (2023-2024)

Phung Thai, Secretary-Treasurer (2023-2025)

Executive Council

Eduardo N. Maldonalso (2022-2024)

Malgorzata Barbara Tokarshka-Schlattner (2023-2025)


Sonia Cortassa
Elena Dedkova

Natl Inst Aging, NIH
University of California, Davis

2021-2022 Evgeny Pavlov
Uwe Schlattner
New York University
University of Grenoble, France
2020-2021 Miguel A. Aon
Gyorgy Csordas
Thomas Jefferson University
2019-2020 Karin Busch
Tatiana Rostovtseva
University of Muenster, Germany
2017-2019 Elizabeth Jonas
George Porter
University of Rochester School of Medicine
2012-2016 Jan Hoek
Gyorgy Hajnoczky
Thomas Jefferson University
2007-2011 Lawrence Prochaska Wright State University School of Medicine
2004-2007 Marco Colombini University of Maryland
2001-2004 Carmen Mannella Wadsworth Center
1998-2001 Maureen McEnery Case Western Research University

2023 Symposium

Saturday, February 18, 2023
San Diego, California

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2022 Symposium

Saturday, February 19, 2022
San Francisco, California

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2021 Symposium

Monday, February 22, 2021

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2020 Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 2020
San Diego, California

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2019 Symposium

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland

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2018 Symposium

Saturday, February 17, 2018
San Francisco, California

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2017 Symposium

Saturday, February 11, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana

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2016 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Los Angeles, California

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2015 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

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2014 Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 2014
San Francisco, California

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2013 Symposium

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  Winner  Institution


2023 Shanna Hamilton Ohio State University Medical Center  
2022 Phung N. Thai University of California, Davis  
2021 Maria Neginskaya New York University  
2020 Ambre Bertholet University of California – San Francisco  
2019 Kimberli Kamer Harvard  
2018 Neilli Mnatsakanya Yale University   
  Marthe Ludtmann University of London  
2017  Melanie Paillard Thomas Jefferson University Gyorgy Hajnoczky
  Danilo Faccenda Royal Veterinary College  Michelangelo Campanella 
2016  Anil Noronha Antony Thomas Jefferson University Jan B. Hoek
  Santhanam Shanmughapriya Temple University Muniswamy Madesh
2015 Diego De Stefani University of Padova Rosario Rizzuto
2014 Fei Li Michigan State University Shelagh Ferguson-Miller
  Veronica Eisner  Thomas Jefferson University  Gyorgy Hajnoczky 
2013  Karthik Mallilankaraman   Temple University  Muniswamy Madesh 
2012 Kambiz N. Alavian Yale University School of Medicine Elizabeth Jonas
2011 Xingguo Liu Thomas Jefferson University Gyorgy Hajnoczky
2010 Pablo Marco Peixoto New York University Kathleen Kinnally
2009 Raul Miguel Covian Garcia

Dartmouth Medical School

Bernard Trumpower
  Soumya Sinha Roy Thomas Jefferson University Gyorgy Hajnoczky 

Craig Jolley

Arizona State University

Petra Fromme & Michael Thorpe 
  Ling Qin  Michigan State University  Shelagh Ferguson-Miller  
2007 Marcel Günther Friedric Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Renate Naumann
2006 Sonia Martinez Caballero New York University College of Dentistry Kathleen Kinnally
2005 Christoph Maack Johns Hopkins University Brian O'Rourke
2004 Jacques Kessl Dartmouth Medical School Bernard Trumpower
  Matthias Riess  Medical College of Wisconsin  David Stowe 
2003 Brian Schmidt Michigan State University Shelagh Ferguson-Miller
  Leah Siskind  University of Maryland  Marco Colombini 
2002 K.V. Lakshmi Yale University Gary Brudvig
  Kunhong Xiao  Oklahoma State University  Chang-An Yu 
2001 Gisela Beutner University of Rochester Shey-Shing Sheu
2000 Elisabeth Darrauzet University of Pennsylvania Fevzi Daldal
  Emma Madrid  Dartmouth Medical School  Bernard Trumpower 
  Yuejun Zhen  Michigan State University  Shelagh Ferguson-Miller 
1999 Roger Castilho Lund University David Nichols
  Alicia Kowaltowski  Universidade Estadual de Campinas  Gary Fiskum 
  Hau Tain  Oklahoma State University  Chang-An Yu 

 Year   Winner  Institution


2023 Wiliam Rosencrans NICHD- NIH  
2022 Kareem Heslop Medical University of South Carolina  

Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup Bylaws


Article I
Purpose: The Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup shall be charged with the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in Bioenergetics.


Article II
Membership: Members of the Biophysical Society may join the Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup; non-members of the Biophysical Society are welcome to attend Bioenergetics Subgroup symposia but are unable to join the Subgroup, serve as Officers of the Subgroup, or vote.


Article III
Dissolution: The Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup must be in accordance with the Biophysical Society’s constitution and bylaws, mission, values, goals, and operational guidelines. If the subgroup is found in violation of their bylaws, the group will be placed on probation or may be dissolved at the discretion of the Council of the Biophysical Society.


Article IV
Meetings: Business meetings of the membership shall be held in connection with the annual scientific meeting of the Biophysical Society. Five percent of the members of this group, or 10 members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum. Scientific meetings shall be held in association with from the annual Biophysical Society meetings, and must follow the guidelines established by the BPS Council.


Article V
Officers: The officers of the Subgroup will be a Chair, Chair-elect, and a Secretary-Treasurer. The Chair-elect shall serve one year as such, followed by one year as Chair. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a term of two years.


Article VI

Executive Committee: There shall be an Executive Committee responsible for the fulfillment of the scientific and business obligations of the group. The Officers and two elected members shall constitute this Executive Committee. The elected Committee members shall be chosen from the membership to serve two years on a rotating basis. The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the group Chair, at least once a year, preferably shortly before the annual business meeting. The Executive Committee shall have power to conduct other business by means of electronic vote. The affairs of the Subgroup shall be handled by the Officers in accordance with the policies determined by the Executive Committee and Biophysical Society Council.


Article VII
Nominating Committee: The nominating committee shall consist of the members of the Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee is responsible for soliciting nominations from subgroup membership and for preparing the final slate of candidates. Nominations will be received electronically up to one month prior to the Subgroup’s business meeting. Nominees must accept their nomination prior to being placed on a ballot.


Article VIII

Eligibility for Office: Only members of the Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, and Metabolism Subgroup may be candidates for offices. Members may not be elected to one office more than once every five years.


Article IX
Elections: Elections will be held electronically up to two weeks prior to the Subgroup’s business meeting.  The candidate for each office receiving the highest number of votes will be elected. The results will be announced to the Subgroup’s membership during the Subgroup’s Business meeting. Officers will take office at the end of the annual business meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society. Interim vacancies in officers or elected members will be filled in accordance with Bylaw Article VII of the Biophysical Society.


Article X

Awards: There shall be an awards committee, whose members are charged with soliciting and selecting awards. The award selection process and criteria should be transparent and open to full membership.


Article XI
Amendments to the Bylaws: Amendments should arise from the members of the Bioenergetics Subgroup, approved by a two-thirds majority of the Subgroup’s Executive Committee, and ratified in an electronic ballot by a majority of the voting group.

The following word cloud is comprised of the speaker talk titles from our symposia.