July 2 -July 27, 2007: Biophysics

Scientific Coordinators:

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

Site Coordinators: Leo Radzihovsky and Meredith Betterton
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Elnaz Alipour-Assiabi

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.
Elnaz Alipour-Assiabi

Gabriel Amselem

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.
 
Gabriel Amselem

Nils Becker

MPI-PKS Dresden

Advisor: Ralf Everaers
I have been doing theory on sequence dependent elastic properties of DNA.
 
Nils Becker

Meredith Betterton, Lecturer

University of Colorado, Boulder

I am a theorist interested in motor proteins, polymer and DNA elasticity, protein-DNA interactions, and biochemical signaling networks.
Meredith Betterton

William Bialek, Scientific Coordinator

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.
William Bialek

Donald W. Blair

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.
Donald W. Blair

Peter Borowski

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.
Peter Borowski

Beatriz Burrola Gabilondo

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.
 
Beatriz Burrola Gabilondo

Curtis Callan, Lecturer

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.
 
Curtis Callan

Jing Chen

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.
 
Jing Chen

Peiqiu Chen

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.
 
Peiqiu Chen

Dmitri "Mitya" Chklovskii, Lecturer

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.
Dmitri Chklovskii

Aaron Clauset

Santa Fe Institute

I am a theorist. My primary interests are in the relationship of structure and function within complex networks.
Aaron Clauset
 

Hilary Coller, Lecturer

Princeton University

I am an experimentalist. I use genomic approaches to study the cell cycle and cancer in cultured human cells.
Hilary Coller

Victor Constantino

University of Arizona

Advisor: Dr. Michael Brown
I am an experimentalist. My are of interest is statistical mechanics of biological networks.
 
Victor Constantino

Fabian Czerwinski

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.
Fabian Czerwinski

Martin Depken

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.
 
Martin Depken

Michael M. Desai, Lecturer

Princeton University

I am interested in theoretical population genetics and molecular and experimental evolution.
 
Michael M. Desai

Vasily Dzyabura

Harvard University

Advisor: to be assigned
My interests are condensed matter theory; experiment - correlation measurements.
 
Vasily Dzyabura

Jason Ellis

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.
 
Jason Ellis

Marc Emanuel

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Advisor: Helmut Schiessel
I am a theorist. My prime interest is in the physics of chromatin and the cell cycle.
 
Marc Emanuel

Surya Ganguli

University of California at San Francisco

Advisor: Peter Horava
Theorist
 

Sujoy Ganguly

University of Cambridge

Advisor: Prof. Raymond Goldstein
Experimentalist
 
 

Mark Goldman, Lecturer

Wellesley College

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

Sidhartha Goyal

Princeton University

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

Thomas Gregor, Lecturer

University of Tokyo

I am interested in biological patterning and gene regulation.
 
Thomas Gregor

Johannes-Geert Hagmann

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.
Johannes-Geert Hagmann

Stephen Hicks

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.
 
Stephen Hicks

Jake Hofman

Columbia University

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

Srividya Iyer Biswas

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.
 
Srividya Iyer Biswas

Matej Kanduc

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.
 
Matej Kanduc

Justin Kinney

Princeton University

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

Jané Kondev, Lecturer

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.
Jane' Kondev

Leonid Kruglyak, Lecturer

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.
 
Leonid Kruglyak

Corinne Lamb

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.
 
Corinne Lamb

Saul Lapidus

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.
 
Saul Lapidus

Pilhwa Lee

New York University

Advisor: Charles S. Peskin
I am a theorist interested in membrane mechanics and electrophysiology.
 
Pilhwa Lee

David Lepzelter

SUNY, Stony Brook

Advisor: Jin Wang
I am a theorist. My current interest is in gene networks and stochastics.
 
David Lepzelter

Jinyu Li

University of Colorado at Boulder

Advisor: Meredith Betterton
Theorist
 
 

Yi-Chia Lin

Harvard University

Advisor: David Weitz
I am an experimentalist intererested in mechanical properties of the cytoskeleton.
 
Yi-Chia Lin

Martin Lindén

Royal Institute of Technology

Advisor: Mats Wallin
I am a theorist. My interests are statistical physics and simple models of motor proteins.
Martin Linden

Tao Long

Princeton University

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

Jianfeng Lv

Indiana University

Advisor: Sima Setayeshgar
I am a theorist working on nonlinear wave propagation in excitable systems.
 
Jianfeng Lv

Megan McClean

Harvard University

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

Pankaj Mehta

Princeton University

I am a theorist. I am interested in understanding the relationship between architecture and function in genetic networks.
 
Pankaj Mehta

Benedicte Mengel

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.
 
Benedicte Mengel

Thierry Mora

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.
Thierry Mora

Marco J. Morelli

AMOLF, Amsterdam

Advisor: Pieter Rein ten Wolde
I am a theorist, interested in genetic networks and applications of statistical mechanics to biology.
 
Marco J. Morelli

Philip Nelson, Lecturer

University of Pennsylvania

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

Daniyar Nurgaliev

Harvard University

Advisor: Eugene Demler
Interests: Condensed Matter Theory
 
Daniyar Nurgaliev

Rachel E. Pepper

Harvard University

Advisor: Howard Stone
I'm an experimentalist. I study the mechanism of splashing. I'm also interested in diffusion in the cell.
 
Rachel E. Pepper

Katarina Petrovic

Simon Fraser University

Advisor: Prof. Eldon Emberly
Interests: Genetic circuitry and transcriptional regulation in fruit fly development. Experiment and Theory.
 
Katarina Petrovic

Arto Piironen

University of Oulu, Finland

Advisor: Matti Weckström
I'm an experimentalist. My primary interest is information processing in the insect visual system.
Arto Piironen

David Quint

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.
 
David Quint

Leo Radzihovsky, Director

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.

Leo Radzihovsky, University of Colorado

Azadeh Samadani, Lecturer

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.
Azadeh Samadani

Rajesh Sathiyanarayanan

University of Maryland

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

David Schwab

University of California, Los Angeles

Advisor: Robijn Bruinsma
I am interested in theoretical biophysics, especially effects of randomness and fluctuations.
 
David Schwab

Anirvan Sengupta, Scientific Coordinator

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.
Anirvan Sengupta

Sima Setayeshgar, Scientific Coordinator

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)
Sima Setayeshgar

Sebastian Seung, Lecturer

MIT

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

Josh Shaevitz, Lecturer

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.
Josh Shaevitz

Paige Shaklee

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.
 
Paige Shaklee

Tanya Sharpee

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.
Tanya Sharpee

Leila Shokri

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.
 
Leila Shokri

Boris Shraiman, Lecturer

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.
 
Boris Shraiman

Xianfeng Song

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.
Xianfeng Song

Daniel Stark

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.
 
Daniel Stark

Sean Stromberg

University of California, Santa Barbara

Advisor: Jean Carlson
I am a theorist. My current research is focused on immune system dynamics.
 
Sean Stromberg

Peter Swain, Lecturer

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.
 
Peter Swain

Sorin Tanase-Nicola

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.
 
Sorin Tanase-Nicola

Creighton Thomas

Syracuse University

Advisor: Alan Middleton
I use theory and simulation to describe complex and disordered materials.
Creighton Thomas

Margaret Trias

Yale University

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

John Tyson, Lecturer

Virginia Tech

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

Jan-Willem van de Meent

University of Cambridge & Leiden University

Advisor: Ray Goldstein
I am a theorist interested in miocrofluidics of cytoplasmic streaming and its implications for molecular transport.
Jan-Willem van de Meent

Oleg Vorov

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.
 
Oleg Vorov

Aleksandra Walczak

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.
Aleksandra Walczak

Dylan T. Walker

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.
 
Dylan T. Walker

Yufang Wang

Princeton University

Advisor: N. P. Ong
I am an experimentalist interested in signaling and noise in bacteria quorum sensing.
Yufang Wang

Zhenyu Wang

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Advisor: Nigel Goldenfeld
I am a theorist. I am interested in biocomplexity, especially the emergence of life.
 
Zhenyu Wang

Ma Wenzhe

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.
 
Ma Wenzhe

Chris Wiggins, Scientific Coordinator

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.
Chris Wiggins

Ned Wingreen, Lecturer

Princeton University

I'm a theorist working on bacterial intracellular networks and other problems where physics meets biology.
Ned Wingreen

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