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. New subgroups may be formed by petition, signed by at least 100 regular members. The petition and accompanying bylaws need to be approved by Council.

Permeation & Transport

The Permeation & Transport Subgroup fosters the study of communication about the biophysical mechanisms of permeation and transport of small molecules and biopolymers through cell membranes. Membership in the subgroup is open to all members of the Society. Annually, the subgroup holds a meeting organized by the subgroup Chair, which takes place prior to the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting.

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In order to join the Permeation & Transport Subgroup, you must be a member of the Society.

Susan Rempe, Chair (2019)

Ming Zhou, Chair-Elect (2020)

TBD, Secretary-Treasurer (2020)

2016-2018 Olga Boudker Weill Corness Medical College
2014-2016 Emad Tajkhorshid University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013-2014 Dirk Gillespie  Rush University 
2011-2012 Crina Nimigean Weill Cornell Medical College
2009-2010 Svetlana Lutsenko Oregon Health Science University
2008 Wolfgang Nonner University of Miami Medical School
2007 Benoit Roux Cornell University
2006 David Busath Brigham Young University

2018 Symposium

Saturday, February 17, 2018
San Francisco, California
1:30 PM–6:00 PM

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2017 Symposium

Saturday, February 11, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
1:30 PM–4:50 PM

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2016 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Los Angeles, California
1:30 PM–4:45 PM

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2015 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland
1:30 PM–4:05 PM

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2014 Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 2014
San Francisco, California
1:30 PM–4:00 PM

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2013 Symposium

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1:30 PM–3:30 PM

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Article I

Subgroup Name and Purpose
The Permeation/Transport Subgroup, referred to hereafter as the Subgroup, will foster study of and communication about the biophysical mechanisms of permeation and transport of small molecules and biopolymers through cell membranes.

Article II

Membership and Dues
Definitions: A Subgroup member is any member of the Biophysical Society who submits his/her name to the Biophysical Society or Subgroup Secretary-Treasurer. A voting Subgroup member is any Subgroup member who has paid the annual Subgroup dues for that year, either to the Biophysical Society or to the Subgroup Secretary-Treasurer. Only voting members can hold office in the Subgroup.

Dues: Dues may be assessed annually. Membership dues will be $15 per year.

Article III

Structure and terms: The Subgroup will have a chair, co-chair, and a secretary-treasurer. A new treasurer will be elected every second year following that year's annual Subgroup meeting. Upon election of a new treasurer, the previous treasurer will automatically become the co-chair and the previous co-chair will become the new chair. Thus each Subgroup leader will serve for two years in each leadership position. The retiring chair will be ineligible for re-election (as secretary-treasurer) for two years.

Duties and authority: The chair will be primarily responsible for the meeting program and decisions concerning expenditure of dues, which may be used to cover administrative expenses and to reimburse part or all of the travel expenses of invited speakers.

The co-chair will assist the chair as needed in planning the meeting program, and communicating with the Society concerning meeting plans and public communications (flyers, announcements, newsletter reports, etc.).

The secretary-treasurer will work with the Society to manage the collection of dues, financial accounting, payment of bills, and maintenance of the membership roster, including the maintenance of an email list containing all interested members.

Article IV

Meetings will consist of a program consisting of one or more formal research presentations each year followed by a brief business meeting for elections, accounting of dues, etc. Invitations to speakers will be directed by the chair after deliberation with the vice-chair and secretary-treasurer.

Article V

Elections and Other Votes
Elections and other votes will be done either during the annual business meeting of the subgroup, or through electronic voting (email, surveys, etc.) at any other time. New officers (after the first year, just a new secretary-treasurer) will be elected by nominations from the members and vote by voting members. A simple plurality will be sufficient to win an election. No quorum will be necessary for elections or other votes concerning group business. Other votes concerning group business, including amendments to these By-Laws, will be decided by a simple majority of the voting members.

Article VI

Other Functions of the Subgroup
The Subgroup may sponsor network symposia, email server, website, or other projects to facilitate communication between subgroup members.