Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology


by Jim Henle

June 5th, 2013

On Monday, June 10, 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, Chemistry and Molecular Biology - will present significant recent findings ranging from the physics of protein conformation to DNA knotting.

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

The day will be divided into two parts. The morning (until 12:30 pm) will be a public symposium featuring four visiting faculty. (See poster to your left) 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.