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EPB to Hold Annual Symposium, Saturday, April 7

EPB to Hold Annual Symposium, Saturday, April 7

On Saturday, April 7, the annual Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Symposium will be held in Room B101 of the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St. Speakers from constituent fields -Physics, Engineering and the Biological Sciences – will present significant recent findings and theorizations.

As in the past, the EPB Symposium day has been organized to bring together students and faculty from several Harvard areas (OEB, CCB, MCB, Physics and SEAS) with outstanding visiting scholars. EPB, now in its twelfth year as a PhD track for students wishing to “probe living systems through the lens of physics and engineering,” is part of the MCO Graduate Program.

The day will be divided into two parts. The morning (9:00am – 12:30 pm) will be a public symposium featuring four visiting faculty. (See poster.) The event is free, the public is welcome to attend, and the talks should be of wide interest to the Harvard science community.

The afternoon will feature graduate student presentations and discussions in a more intimate setting that should promote the cross-fertilization of disciplines that EPB encapsulates. (These sessions will not be open to the general public.)

Work at physics and engineering interface is rapidly becoming an established part of the life sciences.  EPB particularly welcomes members of the MCB community to engage with these speakers working on the frontiers of physical biology.

Morning Schedule – Public Event

9:00 – 12:30 Morning Session, open to the public (Northwest Building B101)

9:00 – 9:45 Daniel Nocera Department of Chemistry, Harvard University

Food and fuel from sunlight, air and water”

9:45 – 10:30  Job Dekker Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School

“Folding, unfolding and refolding of chromosomes”

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45 Chip Asbury Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics,  Univ. of Washington

“New biophysical strategies for uncovering how chromosomes are segregated during mitosis”

11:45 – 12:30 Howard Stone Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,  Princeton University

“Seeking intersections of fluid mechanics, molecular biology and physical chemistry”

For more information, please contact: Jim Henle, or 617-495-4477