Science@theInterface 2013
Biological Self-Organization and the Cytoskeleton
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gordon Center

The annual Science@theInterface Symposium, organized by the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at The University of Chicago and held at the the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, highlights a frontier area of interdisciplinary research each year, with this year's theme being “Biological Self-Organization and the Cytoskeleton”. Our goal with these symposia is to focus on research at the interface between the biological and physical sciences, featuring leaders from the national and international scientific communities.

The meeting will begin with a continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m., with 3 talks in the morning, followed by lunch for all symposium participants, and 4 talks in the afternoon session. A reception will wrap up the symposium at 4:30.

This year's speakers include (with approximate start times):

9:30 a.m David Odde
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
How cells sense the mechanical stiffness of their environment

10:15 a.m. Kristen Verhey
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan
Microtubule-based transport and kinesin motors

11:15 a.m. Ethan Garner
FAS Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University
Probing bacterial cell shape determination by watching single molecule enzymatic dynamics

1:15 p.m. Ewa Paluch
MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, UK
Actin cortex mechanics and cell shape control

2:00 p.m. Rebecca Heald
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Mechanisms of spindle assembly and size control

3:00 p.m. Richard Cheney
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Myosin-X: A molecular motor that builds cellular fingers

3:45 p.m. James Spudich
Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University
The underlying molecular basis of human hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathies