Department News

Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Annual Symposium

Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Annual Symposium

The PhD Track in Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) invites you to attend their annual Symposium, being held on Saturday April 8th from 9:00am to 12:30pm in the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St, Room B101. The morning event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. As in the past, this Symposium is designed to bring together students and faculty from diverse disciplines within the University and beyond.

The EPB track, now in its eleventh year, provides a path for PhD students wishing to “probe living systems through the lens of physics and engineering”. It is currently part of the MCO Graduate Program administered through MCB.

As in past years, the afternoon will provide a session for EPB students and faculty and the symposium speakers to discuss graduate student presentations.  The day culminates in the annual EPB Symposium dinner.  For more information, please contact Jim Henle


9:00 – 9:45 Andrea Liu Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania “Tuning by pruning: Exploiting disorder to design adaptive, robust functional networks”

9:45 – 10:30 Sarah Veatch Dept. of Biophysics & Physics, University of Michigan “Phases and fluctuations in biological membranes”

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break 

11:00 – 11:45 Nikta Fakhri Department of Physics, MIT “Active matters: Probing forces, fluctuations and self-organization in biological systems”

11:45 – 12:30 Lene Vestergaard Hau Department of Physics, Harvard University “The art of taming light: What we can learn from a bacterium”