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October 21: Mamatha Bhat, UHN Multi-Organ Tansplant Program and UofT Division of Gastroenterology
A Systems Biology approach to improve long term outcomes after liver transplantation
November 4: Michael Levin, Department of Biology, Tufts University
Developmental bioelectric networks instruct growth and form: from basic mechanisms to electroceuticals
November 18: Ulrich Keyser, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge University
Driven polymers: From basic biophysics to identification of RNA viruses
December 2: John Parkinson, Molecular Medicine Program, SickKids and Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UofT
December 16: Heather Pinkett, Department of Molecular Bioscience, Northwestern University
January 27: Nir Gov, Department of Chemical and Biological Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science
The geometry of decision-making in individuals and collectives
February 10: Benjamin Gilbert, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UofT
Species coexistence and the distribution of species diversity
Most ecosystems in the world host a stunning amount of species diversity, and ecologists have proposed numerous mechanisms that could sustain this diversity. Modern coexistence theory synthesizes many of the proposed mechanisms and, in doing so, isolates those processes that promote coexistence from those that limit it. In this seminar, I will first show the usefulness of modern coexistence theory by testing a prominent hypothesis about species diversity and how it is impacted by invasive species. I will then discuss how our research has identified shortcomings to modern coexistence theory and present theory designed to address these shortcomings.
February 24: Claudiu Gradinaru, Department of Chemical and Physical Science, University of Toronto Missisauga
March 10: Alan Davidson, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UofT
March 24: Justin Kenney, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
March 31: Special seminar: Joseph Berkovitz, Department of Philosophy and Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, UofT
April 7: Joaquin Ortega, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University
April 21: Pankaj Mehta, Physics Department, Boston University
2020/2021 Schedule: every other Thursday at noon on Zoom:
October 8: Sidhartha Goyal, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Beyond the yin and yang of cell competition in mammals
October 15: Matthieu Schapira, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto
Chemical probes for all human proteins: an impossible project?
November 5: Anton Zilman, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Biophysics of the Nuclear Pore Complex
November 12: Cecile Fradin, Department of Physics, McMaster University
The early fly embryo as a test tube for microscopists
November 26: Vincent Tabard-Cossa, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa
Quantifying Biomarker Concentration Using Solid-State Nanopores
January 14: Jorg Matysik, University of Leipzig, Germany
January 28: Jean-Philippe Julien, Hospital for Sick Children
Protein engineering to leverage binding avidity against infectious diseases
February 11: Ashleigh Tuite, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
The COVID-19 end game
February 25: Ruby Sullan, University of Toronto Missisauga
Breaking through the barriers: a multi-pronged strategy towards targeting bacteria
March 11: Aidan Brown, Physics Department, Ryerson University
March 18: Dwayne Miller, Chemistry Department, University of Toronto
Fundamental Space-Time Limits to Imaging Chemistry and Biology: Towards Making a Molecular Map of the Cell
March 25: Andreas Mayer, Lewis-Siegler Institute, Princeton University
A Langevin approach to dynamics of the human immune system
April 8: Jennifer Gommerman, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto
Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Using Translational and Reverse-Translational Approaches
April 15: Wade Zeno, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California
May 6: Patrick Lusk, Department of Cell Biology, Yale University
May 20: Mario Ostrowski, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital
June 3: Alon Oyler-Yaniv, Institute for Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
Spatial and temporal feedbacks in the immune system balance host defense and tissue integrity
What is BiophysTO?
BiophysTO aims to bring together the Toronto Biophysics community and promote scientific interactions and potential collaborations among scientists, across departments and campuses, with the focus on the quantitative characterization of biological molecules, processes, and systems. The talks are meant to attract a wide audience of students and PIs with diverse backgrounds and will feature local as well as national and international speakers.
The talks will be held twice a month on Thursdays between 12 – 1 pm in either the McLennan Physical Laboratories room 606 (at the St. George campus) or in the Davis Building room 3129 (at UTM). They will be streamed online between the two campuses through a video conferencing setup. All are welcome.
Who's Organizing These Events?
If you have suggestions for speakers or would like to get more involved, please contact one of the members of our organizing committee:
Walid Houry (Biochemistry)
Anton Zilman (Physics/IBME)
Sid Goyal (Physics/IBME)
Andrea Guljas (Biochemistry)
Wilson Zhi (Biochemistry)
James Otis (Biochemistry)
Who's Paying for This?
This series has been made possible through the generous financial support of the following Departments:
UofT St. George: Chemistry/ Biochemistry/Physics/IBBME/Medical Biophysics
Who's Involved in BiophysTO?
Alan Davidson, Alan Moses, Andrew Woolley, Anton Zilman, Avi Chakrabartty, Charlie Deber, Chris McCulloch, Christopher M. Yip, Claudiu Gradinaru, Craig Simmons, Dave McMillen, David Williams, Emil Pai, Gerold Schmitt-Ulms, Gil Privé, Hue Sun Chan, James Rini,John Glover, Jonathan Rocheleau, Joshua Milstein, Julie Forman-Kay, Lewis Kay, Mitsu Ikura, Oliver Ernst, Paul Fraser, Régis Pomès, Reinhart Reithmeier, Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Rongmin Zhao, Scott Prosser, Sergio Grinstein, Sidhartha Goyal, Simon Sharpe, Tigran Chalikian, Trevor Moraes, Virgis Barzda, Walid A. Houry, Warren Chan, Will Ryu, William Trimble