Frontiers in Biophysics

  • Date: 02/11/2012
Dr. Daniel Fletcher from University of California Berkeley will be the keynote speaker for this year’s conference. Dr. Fletcher's laboratory studies the mechanics and dynamics of cell movements on the purified protein, single cell, and tissue levels. Click here for more details about his research.

Simon Fraser University


Cellular reconstitution: Rebuilding biological systems from the bottom-up


Abstract:Understanding the molecular basis of cellular behaviour is a central goal in biology and a critical guide for medical research. Increasing knowledge of the essential proteins in a complex process such as crawling motility raises the tantalizing question: Do we know enough to build it? In vitro reconstitution provides an import tool for identifying the roles of individual molecules, but defining components is not enough. Progress towards reconstitution of micron-scale cellular structures and processes has been limited by the challenges of generating in vitro reconstitutions that capture the spatial organization, physical constraints, and dynamics of living cells. This talk will describe on-going efforts to create functional reconstitutions of cytoskeletal and membrane processes involved in cellular protrusions and membrane transport. The lessons of what works – and what doesn’t – are helping to guide efforts to build biological systems from molecular parts.


Frontiers in Biophysics 2012 is a one-day scientific event intended to highlight the research interests of the physical biology, chemical biology, biophysics, and mathematical biology communities from SFU, UBC and other local institutions. Participants in all stages of their careers are welcome, from undergraduate student to emeritus. This event is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research conducted regionally. 


Important Dates and Deadlines:*Registration and Poster Abstract deadline is extended to 13 January 2012 


Talk Abstract Submission - 15 December 2011

Poster Abstract Submission - 13 January 2012Registration - 13 January 2012Conference Date - 11 February 2012


Registration:The conference is free to attend, but please register in advance to help us plan the event.  Click here to register.

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Abstracts / Downloads / Reports:

8:30-8:50 - Registration, Talk and Poster Setup: Breakfast8:50-9:00 - Welcome Address9:00 - 10:05 - Talk Session A10:05-10:35 - Surprise10:35-10:50 - Coffee Break10:50 - 12:05 - Keynote Talk12:05 - 13:05 - Lunch13:05 - 14:10 - Talk Session B14:10 - 15:10 - Poster Session A: Coffee Break15:10 - 16:05 - Talk Session C16:05 - 18:05 - Poster Session B: Wine and Cheese18:05-18:20 - Poster Take Down

Other Information: 

Location: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus, Room ASB10900

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