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Mechanics in Physiological Systems: From Organelle to Organism

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Mechanics in Physiological Systems: From Organelle to Organism

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June 23 - 24, 2021
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Organized by Gwyneth Card (Janelia), Wyatt Korff (Janelia), Margaret Gardel (U. Chicago) and Dan Goldman (GA Tech), this is the fifth in a series of planning workshops that will serve an important role in shaping a 15-lab, 15-year research program at Janelia Research Campus called “4D Cellular Physiology”.

This workshop will bring together scientists with both top-down and bottom-up perspectives to explore what predictions we could make about physiological processes by studying mechanics across scales and how 4D Cellular Physiology can catalyze this effort to transcend our current state of knowledge and accelerate progress. Adaptive macromolecular machines support myriad physiological processes at scales from single molecules to whole organisms. These machines need to be dynamically regulated in space and time to function and must be organized into tissues to support organismal movement. Through a series of forward-looking talks and discussions, we will explore the common mechanical and physical properties that span these scales, as well as the new tools and conceptual frameworks that are necessary to elucidate them.

The virtual format will include ~5 hours of short talks and discussion each day, open to the broad scientific community. Presentations by invited speakers will focus on current challenges in the field and exciting new directions that could lead to transformative advances.

This workshop will serve an important role in shaping Janelia’s ongoing research program, providing critical background for a new approach to collaboratively tackle some of the most important problems in modern biomedical research. 

Graduate students, postdocs and other trainees are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for a short talk.

Short talk applications are closed

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Gwyneth Card, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago
Dan Goldman, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wyatt Korff, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI

Invited Speakers

Andrew Biewener, Harvard University
Thomas Daniel, University of Washington
Sophie Dumont, University of California, San Francisco
Hana El-Samad, University of California
Flavio Fenton, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robert Full, HHMI/University of California, Berkeley
Malcolm Irving, King's College London
Michael Levin, Tufts University
Chen Li, Johns Hopkins University
Mackenzie Mathis, EPFL
Ed Munro, University of Chicago
Michael Murrell, Yale University
Sheila Patek, Duke University
Medha Pathak, University of California, Irvine
Manu Prakash, Stanford University
Rama Ranganthan, University of Chicago
Kirsty Wan, University of Exeter
Alexandra Zidovska, New York University

Discussion Leaders

Shiladitya Banerjee, Carnegie Mellon University
Roger Kamm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thomas Lecuit, Aix-Marseille University/CNRS
Jimmy Liao, University of Florida
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, HHMI/Janelia Research Campus
Wallace Marshall, University of California, San Francisco
Matt McHenry, University of California, Irvine
Kiisa Nishikawa, Northern Arizona University
Kayvon Pedram, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Simon Sponberg, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jim Vigoreaux, University of Vermont
Valerie Weaver, University of California, San Francisco
Aubrey Weigel, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Jim Wells, University of California, San Francisco