Saturday, April 25, 2015 (All day)
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Room B101, Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Symposium

 On Saturday, April 25, the annual Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Symposium will be held in Room B101 of the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St. Speakers from constituent fields -Physics, Engineering and the Biological Sciences - will present significant recent findings and theorizations.

 As in the past, the EPB Symposium day has been organized to bring together students and faculty from three Harvard areas (MCB, Physics and SEAS) with outstanding visiting scholars. EPB, now in its ninth year as a PhD track for students wishing to “probe living systems through the lens of physics and engineering,” is part of the MCO Graduate Program.

 The day will be divided into two parts. The morning (until 12:30 pm) will be a public symposium featuring four visiting faculty. (See poster.) The public is welcome to attend, and the talks should be of wide interest to the Harvard science community.

 The afternoon will feature graduate student presentations and discussions in a more intimate setting that should promote the cross-fertilization of disciplines that EPB encapsulates. (These sessions will not be open to the general public.)

 Work at physics and engineering interface is rapidly becoming an established part of the life sciences.  EPB particularly welcomes members of the MCB community to engage with these speakers working on the frontiers of physical biology.

Morning Schedule - Public Event

  9:00 - 9:45

L. Mahadevan School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard

“On growth and form:  geometry, physics and biology”


9:45 – 10:30

Kai Simons Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden

“Lipid rafts and cellular phase transitions”


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break


11:00 – 11:45

Ewa Paluch Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, London

“Actin cortex mechanics and the control of animal cell shape”


11:45 – 12:30

Clifford Brangwynne Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton

“Cell size-dependent RNA/protein phase transitions”


For more information, please contact:

 Jim Henle

Program Administrator

Engineering and Physical Biology

Harvard University


Contact Name: 

Jim Henle

Research Areas: 

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