EPB Annual Symposium

April 15, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, the annual Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Symposium was be held in Room B103 of the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St. Speakers from constituent fields - Physics, Engineering, Chemistry and Molecular Biology - presented significant recent findings ranging from the physics of protein conformation to DNA knotting.

As in the past, the EPB Symposium day has been organized to bring together students and faculty from three Harvard areas (MCB, Physics and SEAS) with outstanding visiting scholars. EPB is now in its eighth year as a PhD track for students wishing to "probe living systems through the lens of physics and engineering".

The day was divided into two parts. The morning (until 12:30 pm) was a public symposium featuring four visiting faculty.

The afternoon featured graduate student presentations and discussions in a more intimate setting to promote the cross-fertilization of disciplines that EPB encapsulates.

Morning Schedule - Public Event

9:00 - 9:45 Marco Foiani
Prof. of Molecular Biology, Dept. of Biosci., University of Milan and IFOM-IEO

"Mechanosensing at the nuclear envelope: an ATR-mediated response to control cell plasticity"
9:45 – 10:30 Kerry Bloom
Dept. of Biology, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"The landscape of forces in mitosis"
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 – 11:45 Jonathon Howard
Eugene Higgins Prof. of Molecular Physics &
Biochem., Yale University and Max Planck Inst., Dresden
"Ciliary and flagellar motility: From single molecules to collective
motion"
11:45 – 12:30 Olaf Sparre
Andersen Prof. of Physiol. & Biophys., Weill Cornell Medical College
"Interactions of drugs and other amphiphiles with membranes: implications for membrane protein function and drug development"