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Biophysical Society announces 2018 new and notable symposium speakers

Biophysical Society

The Biophysical Society has announced the speakers for the New and Notable Symposium at the Society's 62nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The New and Notable Symposium highlights the latest and most exciting discoveries in biophysics. Speakers are nominated by the Society's membership and selected by the Program Committee two months before the meeting. The session will take place on Wednesday, February 21, at 1:00 PM at the Moscone Center. The session will be co-chaired Anne Kenworthy, Vanderbilt University, and Francesca Marassi, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the program chairs for the 2018 meeting.

The speakers and their presentation titles are listed below.

Katalin Torok, University of London, United Kingdom
Ultrafast Glutamate Sensors Resolve Synaptic Short-Term Plasticity

Beat Fierz, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
The Dynamic Organization of Modified Chromatin Fibers Revealed by Single-Molecule Fret

Eric J. Deeds, University of Kansas
Fundamental Trade-offs Between Information Flow in Single Cells and Cellular Populations

Patricia L. Clark, University of Notre Dame
New Tools and Techniques for Measuring and Manipulating Chain Collapse in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

Seok-Yong Lee, Duke University
Structure of the Cold and Menthol Sensor TRPM8

Susan Tsutakawa, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Integrating X-Ray Scattering into Protein Structure Prediction



Each year, the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting brings together more than 6,500 researchers working in the multidisciplinary fields representing biophysics. With more than 3,500 poster presentations, over 200 exhibits, and symposia, the BPS Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of biophysicists in the world. Despite its size, the meeting retains its small-meeting flavor through its subgroup symposia, platform sessions, social activities and committee programs. The 62nd Annual Meeting will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, February 17-21, 2018.


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The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, bi-monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9,000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. For more information on the Society, or the 2018 Annual Meeting, visit

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