Biophysics: Searching for Principles

Wednesday, September 14 — Friday, September 16, 2022

1201: Elebash Recital Hall

Open to the Public

Three-day conference surveying achievements at the interface of theoretical physics and biology, with guest speakers comprised of leading theorists and experimentalists from around the world.

Admission Price

Free

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Registration for in-person attendance is closed as of September 1. A livestream of this event will be available on the ITS YouTube channel. 

Biophysics: Searching for Principles, a three-day conference surveying achievements at the interface of theoretical physics and biology, will bring together world leaders in theoretical biophysics, experts on the educational challenges in the field, and notable theorists from other fields in physics. 

Speakers:

William Bialek, Princeton University
Steven Block, Stanford University
Naama Brenner, Technion, Israel
Curtis Callan, Princeton University
Andrea Cavagna, Institute for Complex Systems, Rome, Italy
Lucy Colwell, University of Cambridge
Michael Desai, Harvard University
Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington
Irene Giardina, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Thomas Gregor, Princeton University
Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
Judith Klinman, UC Berkeley
Marcelo Magnasco, Rockefeller University
Marc Mezard, ENS, Paris, France
Armita Nourmohammad, University of Washington
Jose Onuchic, Rice University
Robert de Ruyter van Steveninck, Indiana University
Elad Schneidman, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Tatiana Sharpee, Salk Institute
Greg Stephens, Vrije University, Amsterdam
David Tank, Princeton University
Gasper Tkacik, IST, Austria
Massimo Vergassola, ENS, Paris, France

Roundtable Discussants:

Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Google
Serena Bradde, American Physical Society
Daniel Fisher, Stanford University
Phil Nelson, University of Pennsylvania
Marc Potters, Capital Fund Management
Katherine Quinn, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University
Sima Setayeshgar, Indiana University
Joshua Shaevitz, Princeton University
Boris Shraiman, KITP, UC Santa Barbara
Steven Strong
Eric Wieschaus, Princeton University
Chris Wiggins, Columbia University / NYT

Program

For a version of the program including titles of the talks, please visit itsatcuny.org.

Wednesday, September 14

1:45 p.m. - Introduction from the organizers
2:00 p.m. - David Tank, Princeton University
2:30 p.m. - Naama Brenner, Technion, Israel
3:00 p.m. - Marcelo Magnasco, Rockefeller University
3:30 p.m. - Break
4:00 p.m. - Thomas Gregor, Princeton University
4:30 p.m. - Judith Klinman, UC Berkeley *Virtual Zoom Presentation*
5:00 p.m. - Biological Physics Education Round Table
Moderator: Joshua Shaevitz (Princeton University)
Participants: Daniel Fisher (Standford), Phil Nelson (University of Pennsylvania), Sima Setayeshgar (Indiana University), Boris Shraiman (KITP, UC Santa Barbara), Eric Wieschaus (Princeton University).

Thursday, September 15

10:00 a.m. - Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
10:30 a.m. - Steven Block, Stanford University
11:00 a.m. - Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington
11:30 a.m. - Break
12:00 p.m. - Irene Giardina, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
12:30 p.m. - Greg Stephens, Vrije University, Amsterdam
1:00 p.m. - Lunch
2:30 p.m. - Massimo Vergassola, ENS, Paris, France
3:00 p.m. - Lucy Colwell, University of Cambridge
3:30 p.m. - Break
4:00 p.m. - Michael Desai, Harvard University
4:30 p.m. - Elad Schneidman, Weizmann Institute, Israel
5:00 p.m. - Beyond Academia Roundtable
Moderator: Serena Bradde (American Physical Society)
Participants: Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Google), Katherine Quinn (Georgetown University), Marc Potters (Capital Fund Management), Steven Strong, Chris Wiggins (Columbia University / NYT)

Friday, September 16

10:00 a.m. - José Onuchic, Rice University
10:30 a.m. - Gasper Tkacik, IST, Austria
11:00 a.m. - Curtis Callan, Princeton University
11:30 a.m. - Break
12:00 p.m. - Robert de Ruyter van Steveninck, Indiana University
12:30 p.m. - TBA
1:00 p.m. - Lunch
2:30 p.m. - Andrea Cavagna, Institute for Complex Systems, Rome, Italy
3:00 p.m. - Tatiana Sharpee, Salk Institute
3:30 p.m. - Break
4:00 p.m. - Marc Mezard, ENS, Paris, France
4:30 p.m. - William Bialek, Princeton University
5:00 p.m. - Closing remarks from the organizers

Registration Information

Register online

Registration for in-person attendance is closed. The conference will be live-streamed and made available to the public on the ITS YouTube channel. 


We are grateful for support from the National Science Foundation and the NSF Center for the Physics of Biological Function for making this conference possible.