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2021/2022 Schedule: every other Thursday at noon on Zoom:


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

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