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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. If you wish to attend any of the sessions, sign up to receive the meeting agenda and zoom link to join when they become available.

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 application deadline: May 29 (11:59 p.m. EDT)


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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
Sophie Dumont, University of California, San Francisco
Hana El-Samad, University of California
Flavio Fenton, Georgia Institute of Technology
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
Manu Prakash, Stanford University
Rama Ranganthan, University of Chicago
Kirsty Wan, University of Exeter
Alexandra Zidovska, New York University