Biological Physics & Physical Biology Seminar

Seminar information

BP/PB seminars are held most Fridays. The first talk begins at 8 am pacific/9 am mountain/10 am central/11am eastern in the US, which is 4 pm in the UK/5 pm in central Europe/9:30 pm in India (assuming that regular or daylight savings time is aligned across countries) The second talk starts at half past the hour.

The goal of the series is to highlight interesting current research in biophysics, broadly defined.

Email list signup and talk zoom information: Click here to join the mailing list and/or volunteer to speak. You can also join the email list by sending a message to with the word "subscribe" in the subject line. Zoom information for each seminar will be shared with the mailing list the day before and day of the talk.

Past talk videos: The BP/PB youtube channel has recordings of selected past talks.

Organizers: This seminar is organized by Moumita Das, Enkeleida Lushi, Kimberly Weirich, and Jianhua Xing. Please contact us with any questions.

Upcoming seminars

Friday, May 27, 2022

Jose Alvarado

2: Mechanics of Primary Cilia

Yuan-Nan Young

Recent past seminars

Friday, May 13, 2022

Tutorial: Rheology of active suspensions

David Saintillan

Talk: Active hydrodynamics of interphase chromatin

David Saintillan

Friday, May 6, 2022

1. Topological Mechanics in Biological Systems

Camelia Prodan

2. Cell polarity as a driver of diversity and robustness in developing morphologies

Ala Trusina

Friday, April 29, 2022

1. Autonomous mechano-adaptation in bacterial swimming motility

Navish Wadhwa

2. Proteins in a crowd under heat and pressure

Margaret Cheung

Friday, April 22, 2022

1. Do active nematic self-mixing dynamics help growing bacteria colonies maintain genetic diversity?

Daniel Beller

2. Impact of mechanics on actin filament disassembly

Hugo Wioland

Friday, April 15, 2022

  1. Top-down functional-based approaches to modelling cell state transitions

Carla Mulas

2. Cells use mechanical communication

to optimally network

Kinjal Dasbiswas

Friday, April 8, 2022

  1. Mechanical limitation of bacterial sliding motility with expanding cell chains

Jing Chen

2. Using computational fluid dynamics to understand the mechanics of jellyfish swimming and feeding

Laura Miller

Friday, April 1, 2022

  1. Principles of structure/function in biomolecular condensates

Jeremy Schmit

2. Predicting robust emergent function in stochastic systems

Evelyn Tang

Friday, March 25, 2022

  1. Mechanisms and consequences of viscoelasticity in biomolecular condensates: some theoretical studies

Jie Lin

2. Physics of morphogenetic matter

Margaret Gardel

Friday, March 18, 2022

APS March Meeting, No talk

Friday, March 11, 2022

1. Cutting through the mechanics of three-dimensional elastic cell sheets

Stephanie Hoehn

2. Epigenetic inheritance and its influence on future generations phenotype in bacteria

Hanna Salman

Friday, March 4, 2022

1. Tutorial: Autonomous clocks: emerging mechanisms, design and biological functions

Mustafa Aydogan

2. Research talk: Cytoplasmic divisions without nuclei

Mustafa Aydogan

Friday, February 25, 2022

1. Biomechanics and mechanobiology funding opportunities for all career stages at the U. S. National Science Foundation

Wendy Crone

2. Bayesian nonparametrics for single molecule

Steve Presse

Friday, February 18, 2022

1. The dynamics of cell migration in flat and curved confining geometries

Chase Broedersz

2. Swimming through the weeds, bacterially

Suraj Shankar

Friday, February 11, 2022

1. Quantification of approximate symmetries in evolution and development

Adrianna Dawes

2. Phototaxis of microalgae: lessons from Chlamydomonas an Micromonas

Marco Polin

Friday, February 4, 2022

1. Tutorial: Fundamental equations for mechanics and transport of cytoskeleton

Alex Mogilner

2. Steady and wavy actomyosin contraction

Alex Mogilner

Friday, January 28, 2022

1. Design of vesicle prototissues as a model for cellular tissues

Laura Casanellas

2. From atomic scale molecular diffusion to hierarchical free energy landscape of transcription factor protein search on DNA

Jin Yu

Friday, January 21, 2022

1. Squeezing, pinching, dragging, and pulling: from multiscale models to morphogenesis

Lance Davidson

2. Visceral organ morphogenesis via calcium-patterned muscle contractions

Noah Mitchell

Please visit our previous past seminars page to see the topics in biological physics covered so far in this series.

Past talk videos: Please visit the BP/PB youtube channel to find recordings of selected past talks.


Special thanks to Sri Iyer-Biswas and Meredith Betterton who were part of the original 2020 organizing team that launched this seminar series! Also thanks to Wylie Ahmed, Nuris Figueroa Morales on the 2021 organizing team!

Thanks to those who have live-tweeted the talks: Peter Foster; Brian Munsky; Guillermina Ramirez-San Juan; Brian Camley; Vivek Prakash; Kirsty Wan; Akanksha Thawani; Haneul Yoo; Olivia Leland; Arnold Mathijssen; Jasmine Nirody; Tapomoy Bhattacharjee; Dan Rokshar; Purushottam Dixit; Anna Bajur; Todd Gingrich; Wallace Marshall; Eric Dufresne; Maggie Johnson; Kinjal Dasbiswas; Ned Wingreen; Rana Ashkar; Manasa Kandula.