Fall 2008

The biophysics seminars in the fall will be held on Mondays at 3:30 pm in K8666, Kinesiology Building (School of Communication section) unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Topic
Sept. 3rd
Wed. @ 1:30pm
Keir C. Neuman
Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics
Enzymatic symmetry breaking: How does topoisomerase IV distinguish left from right?
Sept. 10th
Wed. @ 1:30pm
Paul C. H. Li
SFU Chemistry
Microfluidic nucleic acid microarrays achieved using centrifugal pumping within spiral microchannels
Sept. 22nd Meeko M. K. Oishi
UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering
Control-based modeling and classification of tracking performance in Parkinson's disease
Sept. 29th Chun Y. Seow
UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Plasticity of Cell Structure and Function in Smooth Muscle
Oct. 6th Matthew Wiggin
UBC Physics
Rescheduled; Oct. 27th
Oct. 20th Duk-Su Koh
Univ. of Washington
Information processing in endocrine and exocrine cells
Oct. 27th Matthew Wiggin
UBC Physics
Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy Using Nanopores
Nov. 3rd Hongbin Li
UBC Chemistry
Protein mechanics and engineering at the single molecule level
Nov. 10th Eric Cytrynbaum
UBC Mathematics
Force generation in bacterial cell division
Nov. 17th Dennis Hore
University of Victoria Chemistry
Surface-Sensitive Techniques for Studying Biomolecules at the Solid-Solution Interface
Nov. 24th Juan Sabin Fernandez
SFU Physics
Stability and aggregation on liposomes
Dec. 1st Adrienne Fairhall
Univ. of Washington
The biophysics of adaptive neural coding

Summer 2008

It's summer time again! We will have our biophysics journal club talks on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm in P8445B unless otherwise stated. Come and enjoy.

Date Speaker Topic
May 14th Astrid van der Horst Following translation by single ribosomes one codon at a time (text)
May 21st John Bechhoefer Out-of-Equilibrium Dynamics of Gene Expression and the Jarzynski Equality (text)
May 28th Eldon Emberly Mechanism of shape determination in motile cells
June 4th Benjamin Downing Surface Tension Transport of Prey by Feeding Shorebirds: The Capillary Ratchet (text)
June 11th Kevin Hewitt In vivo tumor targeting and spectroscopic detection with surface-enhanced Raman nanoparticle tags (text)
June 18th Edgar Young A hierarchy of timescales in protein dynamics is linked to enzyme catalysis (text)
June 25th Arnold Sikkema Interaction ruling animal collective behavior depends on topological rather than metric distance: Evidence from a field study (text)
July 2nd Rescheduled to Aug. 20th
July 9th Laleh Samii Circulation and long term fate of functionalized, biocompatible single walled carbon nanotubes in mice probed by Raman spectroscopy (text)
July 16th Mani Hamidi Noisy information processing through transcriptional regulation
July 23rd Sherry Leung Critical Fluctuations in Plasma Membrane Vesicles (text)
July 30th Sara Sadeghi Stochastic switching as a survival strategy in fluctuating environments (text)
Aug. 6th Dave Boal Positive feedback sharpens the anaphase switch, Positive feedback of G1 cyclins ensures coherent cell cycle entry, and On the cell cycle and its switches (text)
Aug. 11th
11:30 am
Somdatta Sinha
CCMB India
Special seminar: Effect of delayed reactions: a gene circuit analysis
Aug. 13th Scott Yang Metabolic gene regulation in a dynamically changing environment (text)
Aug. 20th Chang Min Kim All optical approach for probing Microscopic flows in living embryos

Spring 2008

The biophysics seminars in the spring will continue to be held on Thursdays at 11:30 am in P8445B unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Topic
Jan. 10th Peter Tieleman
U Calgary
Computer simulations of biological membranes
Jan. 19th
Frontiers in Biophysics: Forum 2008
Jan. 24th
12:30 pm
An-Chang Shi
McMaster Univ.
Confined Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers
Jan. 31st Pik-Yin Lai
NCU Taiwan
Synchronized Bursting and Growth of cultured neuronal network: experiments & model
Feb. 14th Suzana Kovacic
SFU Physics
Adventures in Cell Signalling: Exploring the mechanisms of G Protein Coupled Receptors and GTPases
Feb. 21st
12:30 pm
Carl Michal
UBC Physics
Studying Nature's materials with solid-state NMR
Feb. 28th Erika Plettner
SFU Chemistry
Structure and function of insect odorant-binding proteins
March 6th Charles Asbury
Univ of Washington
How are chromosomes separated during cell division?
March 13th Sandy Rutherford
Chaotic Behaviour in SIR Models of Multistrain Diseases
March 20th Peter Borowski
UBC Math
A polymer model for the oscillations of the Min proteins in E.coli
March 27th Leah Edelstein-Keshet
UBC Math
Modeling properties of the cell motility signaling pathways
April 3rd Keng Chou
UBC Chemistry
Stimulated Emission Depletion Two-photon Fluorescence Microscopy