July 2 -July 27, 2007: Biophysics

**Scientific Coordinators:
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**Willam Bialek (Princeton University), Anirvan Sengupta (Rutgers University), Sima Setayeshgar **** (Indiana University), Chris Wiggins (Columbia University)**

Name & Institution |
Research Interest |
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Brown University Advisor: Thomas R. Powers |
I am a theoretical physicist interested in the mechanical properties of biological systems such as the elasticity of the lipid bilayer membranes. | ||

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Advisor: Eberhard Bodenschatz |
I am an experimentalist and I study the intracellular dynamics of cells during chemotaxis. | ||

MPI-PKS Dresden Advisor: Ralf Everaers |
I have been doing theory on sequence dependent elastic properties of DNA. | ||

University of Colorado, Boulder |
I am a theorist interested in motor proteins, polymer and DNA elasticity, protein-DNA interactions, and biochemical signaling networks. | ||

Princeton University |
I am interested in the interface between physics and biology, broadly interpreted. A central theme in my research is an appreciation for how well things "work" in biological systems. | ||

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Advisor: Jon Machta |
I am a theorist interested in biological networks; information theoretic approaches to biological computation; the statistical mechanics of self-propelled particles; and in learning more biology. | ||

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Advisor: Eric Cyrtrynbaum |
I'm a theorist and I'm mainly trying to model dynamical processes in cell biology and applying the concepts and tools of statistical physics to biological systems. | ||

University of Maryland, College Park Advisors: Wolfgang Losert & Paul Randazzo |
I am an experimentalist. I am interested in the mechanics of biological membranes and the role of proteins in modifying the membrane characteristics. | ||

Princeton University |
I am a theoretical particle physicist. I have always been fascinated by the way ideas from quantum field theory tie particle physics and condensed matter together. I am now having fun trying to pursue these unifying ideas wherever they will take me in the realm of biology. | ||

University of California, Berkeley Advisor: George Oster |
I am a theorist. My interests are Biomechanics on the cellular and molecular level, both the physics and the computational techniques. | ||

Harvard University Advisor: Eugene Shakhovich |
I am a theorist. I am interested in the physics of molecular evolution, especially the relationship between protein point mutation, duplication and selection. | ||

Janelia Farm, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory |
I combine theoretical and experimental tools to reverse engineer the brain. My research focuses on mapping the brain's structure and establishing its relationship with function by using optimization theory. | ||

Santa Fe Institute |
I am a theorist. My primary interests are in the relationship of structure and function within complex networks. | ||

Princeton University |
I am an experimentalist. I use genomic approaches to study the cell cycle and cancer in cultured human cells. | ||

University of Arizona Advisor: Dr. Michael Brown |
I am an experimentalist. My are of interest is statistical mechanics of biological networks. | ||

Delft University of Technology Advisor: Nynke H. Dekker |
Improving experimental and theoretical approaches in single-molecule biophysics to gain a detailed insight into single-enzyme mechanisms and functions. | ||

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Advisor: Stephan Grill |
I am a theorist. I am interested in internal kinetics of RNA polymerase. | ||

Princeton University |
I am interested in theoretical population genetics and molecular and experimental evolution. | ||

Harvard University Advisor: to be assigned |
My interests are condensed matter theory; experiment - correlation measurements. | ||

Kent State University Advisor: Michael Lee |
I am a theorist and my research focuses on understanding the effects of dynamical changes in cell geometry on protein motion within living cells. | ||

Leiden University, The Netherlands Advisor: Helmut Schiessel |
I am a theorist. My prime interest is in the physics of chromatin and the cell cycle. | ||

University of California at San Francisco Advisor: Peter Horava |
Theorist | ||

University of Cambridge Advisor: Prof. Raymond Goldstein |
Experimentalist | ||

Wellesley College |
I am a theorist interested in understanding how biological neural networks perform computations such as information processing and memory storage. | ||

Princeton University Advisor: Prof. Ned S. Wingreen |
I am a theorist and interested in understanding design principles of bio-molecular networks. | ||

University of Tokyo |
I am interested in biological patterning and gene regulation. | ||

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon Advisor: Michel Peyrard |
I am interested in the thermodynamics of proteins (single-molcules), in particular in the relation between structual fluctuations and biological function. | ||

Cornell University Advisor: Chris Henley |
I am a theorist currently working on virus capsid assembly. I am interested in using simple geometrical and/or statistical models to understand problems in biophysics. | ||

Columbia University Advisor: Chris Wiggins |
I'm a graduate student studying applications of machine learning to problems in biological physics. | ||

Ohio State University Advisor: C. Jayaprakash |
Broadly speaking, I am interested in exploring the role of stochastic fluctuations in gene regulation and apply techniques of condensed matter theory to understand some of these problems. | ||

Jozef Stefan Institute Advisor: Rudolf Podgornik |
I am a theorist. My field of research includes interactions in strongly charged soft-matter systems, especially DNA molecules. | ||

Princeton University Advisor: Curtis Callan |
I am interested in theoretical issues concerning information flow in biological systems, including biochemical networks, experimental assays, and evolution. | ||

Brandeis University |
I am interested in biophysical problems in living cells. Currently my group is doing theoretical and experimental research on the spatial organization of chromosomes in living cells, and on transcriptional regulation. | ||

Princeton University |
I am interested in the genetic basis of heritable traits. My lab conducts experiments in model organisms (the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans), as well as computational analyses, aimed at understanding how changes at the level of DNA are shaped by molecular and evolutionary forces, and how these changes lead to all the observable differences among individuals within a species. | ||

Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Daniel Reich |
I am an experimentalist. I am interested in measuring the forces cells exert on their environment, specifically in reaction to known applied forces. | ||

SUNY, Stony Brook Advisor: Jin Wang |
I am a theorist. I am interested in genetic and protein network, specifically in stochastic and global approachs to such networks. | ||

New York University Advisor: Charles S. Peskin |
I am a theorist interested in membrane mechanics and electrophysiology. | ||

SUNY, Stony Brook Advisor: Jin Wang |
I am a theorist. My current interest is in gene networks and stochastics. | ||

University of Colorado at Boulder Advisor: Meredith Betterton |
Theorist | ||

Harvard University Advisor: David Weitz |
I am an experimentalist intererested in mechanical properties of the cytoskeleton. | ||

Royal Institute of Technology Advisor: Mats Wallin |
I am a theorist. My interests are statistical physics and simple models of motor proteins. | ||

Princeton University Advisors: Ned S. Wingreen and Bonnie L. Bassler |
I am an experimentalist, interested in information processing in bacterial signaling. | ||

Indiana University Advisor: Sima Setayeshgar |
I am a theorist working on nonlinear wave propagation in excitable systems. | ||

Harvard University Advisors: Sharad Ramanathan & Michael Brenner |
I am an experimentalist interested in understanding specificity and information processing in biological signaling networks. | ||

Princeton University |
I am a theorist. I am interested in understanding the relationship between architecture and function in genetic networks. | ||

Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen Supervisors: Mogens H. Jensen & Kim Sneppen |
I am a theoretical biophysicist. I am working on dynamic of genetic regulation, more specifically on formulating dynamical network models for understanding of the complex regulator network of the transcription factor NFkB. | ||

Université Paris-Sud (in Orsay) Advisor: Marc Mézard |
I'm a theorist. My main interests lie in information theory, optimization and statistical inference, with applications to biological networks. | ||

AMOLF, Amsterdam Advisor: Pieter Rein ten Wolde |
I am a theorist, interested in genetic networks and applications of statistical mechanics to biology. | ||

University of Pennsylvania |
I'm currently studying the physics of biopolymers such as DNA, and other "soft" condensed matter systems. | ||

Harvard University Advisor: Eugene Demler |
Interests: Condensed Matter Theory | ||

Harvard University Advisor: Howard Stone |
I'm an experimentalist. I study the mechanism of splashing. I'm also interested in diffusion in the cell. | ||

Simon Fraser University Advisor: Prof. Eldon Emberly |
Interests: Genetic circuitry and transcriptional regulation in fruit fly development. Experiment and Theory. | ||

University of Oulu, Finland Advisor: Matti Weckström |
I'm an experimentalist. My primary interest is information processing in the insect visual system. | ||

Syracuse University Advisor: Jenifer Schwarz |
I am a theorist in the field of Biophysics. My interests within the field are complex systems such as morphology of the cellular cytoskeleton. | ||

University of Colorado |
I am a theorist, interested in soft condensed matter physics, nonequilibrium phenomena, physics of quantum-Hall and related systems, with a theme unifying these diverse subjects being importance of fluctuations, nonlinearities and/or local material heterogeneities. | ||

Brandeis University |
My research interests include understanding directional sensing mechanisms in eukaryotic cells, non-genetic individuality and its effects on the fitness of a population, noise in biological systems, swimming microorganisms, population dynamics, pattern formation, predator-prey interaction, complex materials and microfluidic devices. | ||

University of Maryland Advisor: Theodore L. Einstein |
I am a theorist interested in the physics of vicinal surfaces and complex interfaces. | ||

University of California, Los Angeles Advisor: Robijn Bruinsma |
I am interested in theoretical biophysics, especially effects of randomness and fluctuations. | ||

Rutgers University |
I am currently interested in a "multi-scale" integrative study of the design of bio-molecular networks. In particular, I have been working on the consequences of relatively non-specific biomolecular interactions from the perspectives of biophysics, bioinformatics, systems biology and evolutionary theory. | ||

Indiana University |
I am a theorist interested in problems at the interface between physics and biology, ranging from the cellular (physical principles underlying the design of biochemical signaling networks and how cells sense and respond to their environment) to the macroscopic (pattern formation in biological systems) | ||

MIT |
My lab studies neural networks using mathematical theories, experiments in vitro, and image analysis. | ||

Princeton University |
I am an experimental biophysicist interested in mechanical structure and movement at the cellular and molecular levels. I am currently developing tools to explore the physical role played by the bacterial cytoskeleton in defining cell shape and in motility. | ||

Leiden University, The Netherlands Advisors: Marileen Dogterom & Thomas Schmidt |
I am an experimentalist investigating processive and nonprocessive motor behaviors as they work as collections to extract membrane tubes from giant unilamellar vesicles. | ||

University of California, San Francisco Advisor: Mark Dykman |
I am a theorist interested in how sensory processing in the brain is matched to the statistical properties of real-world signals. | ||

Northeastern University Advisor: Mark C. Williams |
My research is in the area of experimental biophysics and I work on the biophysics of DNA-protein interactions. | ||

KITP, University of California at Santa Barbara |
I am interested in testing how far "theory" can get in understanding complex biology problems. One current project addresses mechanics of growth in development, another, addresses how evolution copes with gene interactions. | ||

Indiana University Advisor: Sima Setayeshgar |
I am a theorist working on modeling various biological problems including effective diffusion in tissue as a porous medium, nonlinear wave propagation in excitable systems and the role of calcium dynamics, and microbial biofilms. | ||

Rice University Advisors: Thomas Killian & Robert Raphael |
I am an experimentalist. I am interested in applying known microfabrication techniques to develop new tools to study biological phenomenona. | ||

University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Jean Carlson |
I am a theorist. My current research is focused on immune system dynamics. | ||

McGill University |
I am working on how genes and proteins interact to enable cells to make decisions despite noise in upcoming signals and in the concentrations of intracellular components. | ||

University of Michigan Advisor: David Lubensky |
I am a theoretical physicist and am interested in the stochastic models of biochemical networks with an emphasis on the sensing and decision mechanisms a cell uses in it's intrinsically noisy environment. | ||

Syracuse University Advisor: Alan Middleton |
I use theory and simulation to describe complex and disordered materials. | ||

Yale University Advisor: Simon Mochrie |
I am an experimentalist interested in using optical tweezers to study single molecule biophysics and DNA-protein interactions. | ||

Virginia Tech |
Research Area: Network Dynamics and Cell Physiology. Mathematical models of the molecular mechanisms controlling growth, reproduction and death of cells. | ||

University of Cambridge & Leiden University Advisor: Ray Goldstein |
I am a theorist interested in miocrofluidics of cytoplasmic streaming and its implications for molecular transport. | ||

University of North Carolina, Charlotte Advisor: Donald Jacobs |
My area is theoretical and mathematical physics; I work on the theory of macromolecules and protein structure & folding. | ||

University of California, San Diego Advisor: Peter G. Wolynes |
I am interested in stochastic gene expression, gene regulation and pattern formation in vertebrate development and population genetics. I am a theorist. | ||

SUNY, Stony Brook Advisor: Sergei Maslov |
I am a theorist studying complex networks. I am interested in protein interaction, modeling transcription regulation networks, and more generally, nonlinear dynamical systems in biology. | ||

Princeton University Advisor: N. P. Ong |
I am an experimentalist interested in signaling and noise in bacteria quorum sensing. | ||

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Advisor: Nigel Goldenfeld |
I am a theorist. I am interested in biocomplexity, especially the emergence of life. | ||

University of California, San Francisco Advisor: Chao Tang |
I am a theorist working in the area of network dynamics. I am particularly interested in the topology-dynamics relationship of the networks. | ||

Columbia University |
I am an applied mathematician with a Ph.D. in theoretical physics working on computational biology. Focus areas include applications of machine learning, statistical inference, and information theory for the inference, analysis, and organization of biological networks. | ||

Princeton University |
I'm a theorist working on bacterial intracellular networks and other problems where physics meets biology. |