Fall 2009

The biophysics seminars will be held on Mondays at 3:30 pm in P8445.2 unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Topic
Sept. 14th Michael Schick
Physics, Univ.
of Washington
'Rafts' as mixtures of lipids and cholesterol; are we still at sea?
Sept. 21st Astrid van der Horst
Physics, SFU
Dynamic holographic optical tweezers for force measurements on biomaterials
Oct. 5th Andrew Rutenberg,
Physics, Dalhousie
Models and manipulations: Min oscillations inside an E. coli bacterium
Oct. 19th Jay Burr
Spatial discrimination with a
very simple eye
Oct. 26th Will Guest
Physics, UBC
Using biophysics to understand prion protein misfolding
Nov. 2nd Neil Cashman
Neurology, UBC
Disease-specific epitopes: the future is unfolding
Nov. 9th Dipankar Sen,
DNA locomotion and DNA switching
Nov. 16th Dan Coombs
Math, UBC
What turns a T cell on?
Nov. 30th Gerhard Blab
Physics, SFU
More than just a silent partner
Dec. 7th Kurt Haas
CellPhys, UBC
In vivo imaging of neural circuit structural and functional development in the awake embryonic brain

Summer 2009

We will have our biophysics journal club talks on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm in P8445.2 unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Topic
May 5th Eldon Emberly Predictive behavior within microbial genetic networks
Tagkopoulos I, Liu YC, Tavazoie S.
Science. 2008 Jun 6;320(5881):1313-7.
May 19th Nancy Forde Origin of the electrophoretic force on DNA in solid-state nanopores
S. van Dorp, U.F. Keyser, N.H. Dekker, C. Dekker & S.G. Lemay
Nature Physics 5, 347-351 (2009)
May 26th Astrid van der Horst Stretching Single Talin Rod Molecules Activates Vinculin Binding
Armando del Rio et al.
Science 323, 638 (2009)
June 2nd Michel Gauthier How DNA coiling enhances target localization by proteins
B. van den Broek et al.
PNAS 105, 15738 (2008)
June 9th Benjamin Downing Spatial Regulators for Bacterial Cell Division Self-Organize into Surface Waves in Vitro
M. Loose et al.
Science 320, 789, (2008)
June 16th John Bechhoefer Memory Erasure in Small Systems
Raoul Dillenschneider and Eric Lutz
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 210601 (2009)
June 23rd
Arnold Sikkema Transitions in a self-propelled-particles model with coupling of accelerations
P. Szabó, M. Nagy, T. Vicsek
Phys. Rev. E 79, 021908 (2009)
June 30th Andrew Wieczorek Single-nucleotide discrimination in immobilized DNA oligonucleotides with a biological nanopore
D. Stoddart, A. J. Heron, E. Mikhailova, G. Maglia, and H. Bayley
PNAS 106, 7702 (2009)
July 7th Marjan Shayegan Thermal (In)Stability of Type I Collagen Fibrils
S. G. Gevorkian, A. E. Allahverdyan, D. S. Gevorgyan, and A. L. Simonian
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 048101 (2009)
July 14th Arnau Farre Müller cells are living optical fibers in the vertebrate retina
K. Franze et al.
PNAS 104, 8287 (2007)
July 21st Chang Min Kim Conductance of a Single Conjugated Polymer as a Continuous Function of Its Length
L. Lafferentz, et al.
Science 323, 1193 (2009)
Aug. 4th Naghmeh Rezaei Structural Origin of Circularly Polarized Iridescence in Jeweled Beetles
V. Sharma et al.
Science 325, 449 (2009)
Aug. 11th Sherry Leung Theory of Raft Formation by the Cross-Linking of Saturated or Unsaturated Lipids in Model Lipid Bilayers
G. Garbès Putzela and M. Schick
Biophysical Journal 96, 4935 (2009)

Spring 2009

The biophysics seminars will be held on Mondays at 11:30 am in P8445.2 unless otherwise stated.

Date Speaker Topic
Jan. 12th Jason R. Dwyer
UBC Physics
Hydrogen bonding in DNA: Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of base pairs and waters of hydration
Jan. 19th Linda Wordeman
Physiology and Biophysics
Univ. of Washington
The importance of microtubule depolymerizing kinesins in cell division
Jan. 23rd
Keynote speaker: Dr. John Marko
Northwestern University
Frontiers in Biophysics 2009
IRMACS Centre at SFU Burnaby Campus
Jan. 26th Dan Wu
Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology
Mathematical modeling of intracellular calcium oscillations
Feb. 9th Patrick T. Martone
Department of Botany, UBC
Biomechanical adaptations of articulated calcified seaweeds
March 2nd
AQ 5037
Yaki Setty
Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Four-dimensional realistic modeling of pancreatic organogenesis
March 10th
Apichart Linhananta
Lakehead University
Using hardspere to probe polymer collapse and protein folding
March 23rd Daniel T. Chiu
Univ. of Washington
Single-molecule studies of synaptic function
March 30th Michael Greenwood
UBC Physics
Pattern selection in phase transformations using the phase field model
April 29th
Eric R. Dufresne
Yale University, USA
1+1>2: Electrostatic forces are not always pair-wise additive