Physics of Life 2023

January 23, 2023 | 9:20 a.m.–6 p.m. PT

Living systems span multiple scales and levels of organization and display phenomena that often have no analog in the inanimate world. But for the last 500 years, physics has been focused on non-living matter. The physics of living systems is emerging as a new field, promising not only to reveal new insights about the inner workings of living systems, but also to push the limits of physics itself in the context of, for example, non-equilibrium physics and active matter research.

The Physics of Life Symposium aims to bring together researchers interested in leveraging the tools, approaches, and style of inquiry of physics to the complex and beautiful phenomena of life. Our objective is to nucleate a diverse and vibrant community of physical biologists in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub as the convergence point for the exchange of ideas in an atmosphere that fosters collaborative research.

In an effort to make the Symposium more interactive, contributed talks will only be given by non-PI members of labs! PIs are welcome, and encouraged, to come mingle.

View videos from the Symposium here.

Keynote Speaker

Stephan Grill

Director and Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Organizers & Schedule

Scientific Organizing Committee
Adrian Jacobo CZ Biohub
Hernan G. Garcia UC Berkeley
Joseph Wakim Stanford University
Ariana Tse Stanford University
Rachel Banks CZ Biohub
Loic Royer CZ Biohub
Griffin Chure Stanford University
David Yllanes CZ Biohub
Bill Burkholder CZ Biohub
Lucas Fuentes Valenzuela Stanford University

(all times in Pacific Time)

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Registration and breakfast (STEM Kitchen & Garden)
9:20 - 10:10 a.m.
Plenary & Intro
Stephan Grill Director and Research Group Leader Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics
10:10 - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee break
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Submitted talks
Alex Choi, UC Berkeley Tracking Fast Single-Molecules using Super-Resolution Microscopy
Sedona Murphy, Stanford University Optical Reconstruction of Chromatin Architecture (ORCA) of the 3-dimensional folding of the Hoxa gene cluster
Arthur Molines, UCSF Vast heterogeneity in cytoplasmic diffusion rates revealed by nanorheology and Doppelgӓnger simulations
Dong Shin (Chris) You, Stanford University Transcriptional control of proteome remodeling with cell size
Niranjan Sarpangala, UC Merced How to improve teamwork between multiple molecular motors?: Insights from Brownian dynamics simulations for cellular and artificial transport processes
Silas Boye Nissen, Stanford University / University of Copenhagen Dissection of the molecular mechanism of symmetry breaking at the core planar cell polarity complex using single-molecule methods
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (STEM Kitchen & Garden)
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Submitted talks
Ulises Diaz, UCSF Characterizing Mixing in Cytoplasmic Streaming During Motility in Amoeba Chaos
Griffin Chure, Stanford University Hail to the Flux: or the Optimal Regulation of Cellular Resources Beyond Steady-State
Stephen Martis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Eco-evolutionary feedback can stabilize diverse predator-prey communities
Arthur Charles-Orszag, UCSF Sulfolobus acidocaldarius adhesion pili power twitching motility in the absence of a dedicated retraction ATPase
Rayan Chatterjee, Stanford University Determining the Mechanical Properties of Hair-Bundle Components From Physiological Measurements in Outer Hair Cells
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Panel discussion
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Coffee break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Submitted talks
Catherine Tan, UCSF Intracellular diffusion scales with cell size
Yuhang Fan, Stanford University Erk activity waves signal injury in planaria
Vasudha Srivastava, UCSF Configurational entropy is a fundamental driver of tissue structural heterogeneity
Brandon Schlomann, UC Berkeley Coarse-graining immune responses
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Poster session (Biohub Commons, 4th floor)

Select video highlights of this event will be posted here soon.


registration closed