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Frontiers in Biophysics 2011

Frontiers in Biophysics 2011

Saturday February 26, 2011    ::    University of British Columbia Campus    ::    Vancouver, B.C.

Frontiers in Biophysics 2011 is a one-day conference highlighting interdisciplinary research within the areas of biology, biophysics, and computational and mathematical biology in the greater Vancouver area. This conference is intended to provide an avenue for learning, discussion and collaboration amongst local scientists from undergraduates to emeritus. The fifth annual conference of its kind, Frontiers in Biophysics 2011 will be held on the UBC campus in Vancouver on Saturday February 26, 2011. The schedule will include student presentations, a poster session, and a keynote address by Professor Tim Elston from the University of North Carolina.

:: Details ::

Date: Saturday February 26, 2011
Location: Rooms 100 and 125 in the Math Building (1984 Mathematics Road), UBC Campus, Vancouver, B.C. Click here for a picture of the building and here for a map showing where the building is on campus.
Time: Registration begins at 8:30 am in Math 100, and sessions begin at 9:00 am in Math 100. The poster session in Math 125 is expected to end by 5:45 pm.
Logistics: Lunch and snacks will be provided. Following the poster session, we will also have informal excursion to Koerner's Pub to close our event.
Keynote speaker: Tim Elston, a professor at the University of North Carolina, is an active researcher in computational and system biology. Please see his website. Professor Elston will give a talk on "Polarity establishment and chemotropic growth in budding yeast".
Contact: frontiersinbiophysics2011 at gmail.com

:: Schedule ::

8:30   -   9:00    Registration
9:00   - 10:30    Talk Session A
10:30 - 11:00    Break
11:00 - 12:00    Plenary talk
12:00 - 13:00    Lunch
13:00 - 14:00    Talk Session B
14:00 - 14:15    Break
14:15 - 15:30    Talk Session C
15:30 - 15:45    Break
15:45 - 17:45    Poster Session
17:45 - ......      Social at Koerner's Pub

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

:: Talks and Posters ::

February 21: Final tentative list!

Talks and posters have been scheduled! In the listings below, only the first presenter is mentioned for brevity's sake; please click here for the summary of all presenters (poster, talks, keynote) and their abstracts.

Talk Session A:
  • Saeed Saberi (Chromosome Driven Spatial Patterning of Proteins in Bacteria)
  • William Carlquist (Analysis of MinD and MinE Oscillation and Pattern Formation in E. coli)
  • Nahid Jetha (Single molecule investigation of prion protein structural transitions important in disease)
  • Geoffrey Woollard (Computational redesign of the N-end rule protein ClpS)
Talk Session B:
  • Josh Zukewich (Update rules for evolutionary dynamics on a graph)
  • Bernhard Konrad (Stochastic-model predictions on the emergence of drug-resistance against anti-retroviral treatments for HIV)
  • Lisa Bishop (The Hidden Energy in the Noise as the Origin of Noise-induced Phenomena in Biochemical Systems)
Talk Session C:
  • Sara Sadeghi (Using a coarse-grained atomistic model to study coiled-coils and their designability)
  • S. Majid Hosseini (Effect of malaria merozoites on the deformability of infected RBC)
  • Paolo Lobo (Plasticity in Cardiac Ryanodine Receptors: a Structural Rescue in Arrhythmias)
  • Lynn Kimlicka (Crystallographic investigation of several malignant hyperthermia mutations in Ryanodine Receptors)
The poster session will include the following poster presentations:
  • Mehran Shaghaghi (2H-NMR Study Of POPC/sterol Membranes: Role Of Sterol's Alkyl Tail Structure In Chain Ordering Of POPC)
  • Yana Nec (Existence and stability of spike-type solutions to one dimensional Gierer-Meinhardt model with sub-diffusion)
  • Shirin Hadizadeh (The effect of osmolytes on protein folding)
  • Laleh Samii (Time-dependent molecular motor properties of molecular spiders)
  • Ben Vanderlei (A computational model of cell polarization and motility coupling mechanics and biochemistry)
  • Clara Chan (Investigating In Vitro Fibril Formation of Recombinant Collagen Type II)
  • Christine Lind Cole (The Brownian Ratchet Revisited: Multiple Filamentous Bundle Growth)
  • Hildur Knutsdottir (A 3D model of interactions between macrophages and tumor cells during metastasis)
  • Marjan Shayegan (Probing the viscoelasticity of collagen solutions with optical-tweezers-based microheology)
  • Sherry S.W. Leung (Effects of fluorescent probes on lipid membranes)
  • Naghmeh Rezaei (Using optical tweezers to study mechanical properties of structural proteins)
  • Chang Min Kim (Probing Electronic Transport Mechanisms at Single-molecular Junctions using Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy)
  • Jessica Conway (A stochastic model of viral load and viral blips in HIV patients on ART)
  • Nessy Tania (Dynamics of Cofilin Regulation and the Early Peak of Actin Barbed Ends in Invasive Tumor Cells)
  • Babak Sanii (Producing Peptoid Nanosheets)
  • Bill Holmes (Modeling and Analysis of Rho Protein Mechanics in Cell Polarization)

The presentations listed above may change without warning at any time. However, we do take responsibility for any errors or typos in names and titles. If you spot an error, please let us know and we'll fix it!

February 14: Call for abstracts CLOSED.

The call for abstracts is now CLOSED. Thanks for all the submissions! There will be eleven talks during the day, plus the plenary talk, all followed by a poster session. If you have been accepted to present a talk or poster, please ensure you arrive to register before 8:45 a.m. so that we can set up your poster or your talk.

January 25: Call for abstracts OPEN!

The call for abstracts is now open! Talks and posters from graduate and undergraduate students are highly encouraged. If you wish to present a 15 minute talk or a poster, please submit:
  • a title,
  • an abstract, and
  • whether you'd like to present a poster or a 15-minute talk,
to frontiersinbiophysics2011 at gmail.com.
Please limit abstracts to 100 words. The deadline for submissions is February 11.
Please note that we may not be able to accommodate all talks due to time constraints; if this is the case, talks will be considered in the order the abstracts are received (first come, first served). If your talk is not accepted due to time constraints, you are invited to present a poster instead.

:: Registration ::

Registration is required for all attendees, including those who are presenting a talk or poster. To register, please copy and paste the following questions, choosing the appropriate answers when necessary, into an email and send it to frontiersinbiophysics2011 at gmail.com. We will have a registration package ready for you. The first few questions are for logistical purposes; the last several are to collect data for a demographic survey to satisfy our funding requirements. Thank you for taking the time to answer them!

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:: Relevant links ::

UBC Mathematics Department
Institute of Applied Mathematics at UBC
Biophysics at SFU

Frontiers in Biophysics 2011 is sponsored by MITACS and the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences. This year's organizing committee is from UBC Mathematics: Eric Cytrynbaum, Nessy Tania, Bill Holmes, and Kelly Paton.