The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

2018 British Biophysical Society Biennial Meeting Event

Image: Prof Syma Khalid
11 - 13 July 2018
University of Southampton

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Event details

The 2018 British Biophysical Society Biennial Meeting will be held at the University of Southampton on 11-13th July, 2018. This meeting will be jointly sponsored by the Institute of Physics Biological Physics subgroup.

The meeting will feature an exciting programme of scientific seminars and poster sessions across a wide range of biophysical areas and techniques: Cell Membranes, Cell interior, The whole cell, Delivery into the Cell and Emerging Imaging Technologies. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to submit their abstracts, as approximately 50% of all talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts.

Invited speakers:

Hartmut Michel (MPI Frankfurt)
Mark Sansom (Oxford)
Kristin Parent (Michigan)
Martin Howard (John Innes)
David Roper (Warwick)
Sarah Harris (Leeds)
Ivo Tews (Southampton)
Mark Wallace (King's College London)
Tanmay Bharat (Oxford)
Kees Weijer (Dundee)
Sumeet Mahajan (Southampton)


Abstract submission deadline: 21 May 2018

Early registration deadline: 21 May 2018

Registration deadline: 21 June 2018

Speaker information

Tanmay Bharat,University of Oxford, Research interests include structural cell biology of bacterial biofilm formation. High-resolution imaging to study general principles governing bacterial biofilm formation. Using electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) and tomography (cryo-ET) to resolve structures of molecules that mediate biofilm formation.

Dr Sarah Harris,University of Leeds, Current major projects include DNA supercoiling and topology, Developing new method for mesoscale modelling of biomolecules, Calculating configurational entropy change in biomolecular recognition.

Prof Martin Howard,John Innes Centre, Research areas include epigenetic regulation and cell size control. The Howard group mathematically models biological systems at the cellular level, constructing simple models that can nevertheless make surprising and counter-intuitive predictions to be tested experimentally. The group's approach is highly interdisciplinary, and relies heavily on techniques from statistical physics as well as on close collaboration with experimental groups both at the John Innes Centre and elsewhere.

Prof Hartmut Michel ,MPI Frankfurt,Research interests include: Coupled cell-free transcription-translation systems, Aerobic terminal oxidases, Secondary Active Transporters, Structural Membrane Proteomics, G-Protein Coupled Receptors and Membrane mass spectrometry.

Dr Kristin Parent,Michigan State University,Research interests include a correlated approach to deciphering the processes of virus assembly and infection via a combination of biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics and structural biology (electron cryo-microscopy and three-dimensional image reconstruction methods).

Prof David Roper,University of Warwick,Research interests include structural biology techniques, principally X-ray structural determination, in combination with molecular biology and biochemical approaches, to investigate the molecular basis of microbial physiology in relation to antimicrobial resistance. Current areas of research include and bacterial cell wall (peptidoglycan) biosynthesis and antibiotic resistance signalling systems as well as targeting tRNA synthetases in bacterial pathogens.

Prof Mark Sansom,University of Oxford,Research interests embrace all areas of computational studies of membrane proteins and related systems, ranging from molecular simulations of channels and transporters, to computational bionanoscience, and membrane protein folding and stability.

Dr Ivo Tews, University of Southampton, uses a number of biophysical techniques to complement x-ray crystallographic analysis in the study of multi-protein complexes. He organised the 2014 CCP4 study weekend on “complementary methods” and was appointed chair of CCP4 working group 2 in the same year - CCP4 is a crystallographic software package with more than 20,000 licenses worldwide. His combined x-ray and biophysical studies include the vitamin B6 synthesising enzyme to study protein complex formation, reaction intermediates, and recently X-ray radiation induced changes in protein crystals.

Prof Mark Wallace,King's College London,Research interests include building artificial mimics of cell membranes; both to improve our understanding of membrane biology, and to engineer new devices inspired by biology. Our approach is to dismantle the membrane into its component parts, and then rebuild it from scratch to understand what’s going on. We do this using a range of optical techniques capable of watching individual molecules.

Prof Kees Weijer,University of Dundee,Research interests include understanding how cell-cell signalling controls different cell behaviours such as cell differentiation, division, shape change and movement and how these behaviours feedback on cell-cell signalling. Understanding how the feedbacks between chemical and mechanical cell-cell signalling and cell behaviours result in self-organising emergent properties at the tissue level that underlie essential steps of embryonic development. The research is highly interdisciplinary and uses a combination of methods from molecular cell and developmental biology, genetics, biophysics, live imaging and large scale image data analysis and importantly both mathematical and computational modelling.

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