Public Release:  Biophysical Society announces speakers for Future of Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium

Biophysical Society

The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce the speakers for the Future of Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium. Now in its fifth year and supported by supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Symposium highlights exciting research by young investigators at the interface of the physical and life sciences. The Symposium will take place on Monday, February 17, 2014, in San Francisco, California as part of the Biophysical Society's 58th Annual Meeting.

The 2014 speakers and their talk titles for the Symposium are:

  • William Greenleaf, Stanford University, "Off Label" Uses of Sequencing Technology to Explore the Physical Genome;
  • Mary Kraft, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sphingolipid and Cholesterol Distribution in the Plasma Membrane by High-resolution SIMS;
  • Elijah Roberts, Johns Hopkins University, The Influence of Extrinsic Fluctuations on the Decision of Cells; and
  • Megan Valentine, University of California, Santa Barbara, How Can Labile Bonds Lead to Tougher Networks? The Unexpected Role of Crosslinker Kinetics in Determining Cytoskeletal Mechanics.

"The Future of Biophysics Symposium is a great opportunity to showcase some of the tremendous talent among the early-career members of the BPS," said Robert Nakamoto, the chair of the session. "Unfortunately, we can only have four talks, but they will be very exciting. The speakers are from different areas using a variety of approaches to emphasize the broad range of interests, and the depth of creativity and innovation in our Society."

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation in Research Triangle Park, supports researchers conducting interdisciplinary work between biology and physics.

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Biophysical Society's Annual Meeting is the world's largest meeting of biophysicists--over 6,000 attendees are expected. Over 4000 scientific abstracts have already been submitted for presentation at this event. For more information about the Meeting or the Society's awards, visit http:/http://www.biophysics.org or contact the Society at (240) 290-5600.

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