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Biology Meets Physics Symposium

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Biology Meets Physics Symposium

Date: 20 September 2019   Time: 09:00 - 18:00

We are delighted to present Queen Mary University of London's all day ‘Biology Meets Physics Symposium’. This will be a truly multidisciplinary event that reaches across world leading research at Queen Mary's Material Research Institute; The Institute of Bioengineering; the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences & Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. This research event takes place in the historic People’s Palace inside the beautiful Grade II listed Great Hall, a recently refurbished 1930s art-deco theatre in London’s buzzing Mile End.

The keynote speaker is Professor John O'Keefe (Nobel Prize winner in Physiology/Medicine 2014) and he will be joined by several other scientific disruptors. Professor John O'Keefe is Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell Developmental Biology at UCL. He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an 'inner GPS' - that enables us to orient ourselves.

Biology Meets Physics: connecting physicists, engineers and biologists: only a few places remain!

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and welcome

9:30 – 10:00 Steve Greenwald
Pulse waves to assess vascular disease

10:00 – 10:15 Sujith Pereira
A realistic flow phantom model of the carotid artery in preterm infants for training and research

10:15 – 10:30 Wesleigh Dawsmith
Examining the Potential of Microwave Dielectric Measurements to Track Hydration Status using a Bovine Blood Model

10:30 – 11:00 Jan Mol
Graphene nanoelectrodes for single-molecule biosensing

11:00 – 11:15 Matteo Palma
Carbon and DNA Nanotechnology meet Biology

11:15 – 11:30 Jordan Read
Magnetically responsive layer by Layer microcapsules can be retained in cell and flow conditions to promote local drug release.

11:30 – 12:00 Peter Hore
Mechanism of the magnetic compass of migratory songbirds

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:30
Yannick Wurm
Social chromosomes and molecular diagnostics for pollinator health?

13:30 – 13:45 Christopher Duffy
The full dynamics of energy relaxation in large organic molecules: from photo-excitation to solvent heating

13:45 – 14:00 Anna Maltsev
Using statistical mechanics to understand intracellular calcium signals

14:00 – 14:15 Peter Thorpe
High-throughput, in vivo FLIM/FRET for studying cell division.

14:15 – 14:30 Oscar Pundell
Biophysical regulation of keratinocyte nuclear architecture

14:30 – 15:00 Victoria Sanz-Moreno
Actomyosin contractility in cancer: roles beyond cell migration

15:00 – 15:30 Tea

15:30 – 15:45 Isabel M Palacios
Identifying a mechano-chemical relationship between cytoskeletons and active motion of cytoplasmic components

15:45 – 16:00 Stephen Thorpe
Syndecan-4 is a cellular mechanotransducer that tunes cell mechanics

16:00 – 16:15 Ioannis Xanthis
Uni- but not bi-directional shear force activates endothelial cell ?1- integrin leading to calcium signalling

16:15 – 16:30 Conrad Mullineaux
Photonic properties of bacterial cells

16:30 – 16:45 Jose V. Torres-Perez
Mapping Mechanotransduction at Nanoscale Resolution

16:45– 17:45 Professor John O'Keefe (Nobel Prize winner in Physiology/Medicine 2014) Keynote speaker: The hippocampus as a cognitive map: an update
(Chair is Professor Yang Hao)

18:00 + Evening in Senior Common Room, with drinks and nibbles

Location:  The Great Hall, People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London