Biophysics Seminars

The CPBF Seminar Series brings distinguished scientists to Princeton's campus to share recent research studying the  phenomena of life. Topics  range from single molecules to collective behavior in large populations, and span the intersection of physics and the life sciences.  The seminar is organized by a committee of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. Current committee members are:

  • Shengkai Li, CPBF Fellow
  • Christopher Lynn, CPBF Fellow
  • Rahul Munshi,  CPBF Fellow
  • Beatrice Ramm, CPBF Fellow
  • Maryam Kohram, CPBF Fellow
  • Lee Susman, CPBF Fellow
  • Trevor K. GrandPre, CPBF Fellow
  • Sophie Dvali, Grad Student
  • Kevin Keomanee-Dizon, CPBF Fellow
  • Junang Li, CPBF Fellow
  • LaNell Williams, CPBF Fellow 
  • Ahmed Al Harraq, CPBF Fellow 
  • Abir George, Grad Student 
  • Andrew Leifer, Assistant Professor
  • Svitlana Rogers, CPBF Coordinator

Please contact Svitlana Rogers at [email protected] to suggest speakers or to express interest in joining the committee.

Daniel Goldman: Life at Low Coasting Number
Mon, Dec 11, 2023, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

In 1974 Purcell authored a paper “Life at Low Reynolds Number” to describe the counterintuitive world of microscopic organisms in which viscous dissipation so dominates inertia that “coasting” is impossible, and that the geometry of a path in an internal movement space dominates self-propulsion. It is typically assumed that a key difference…

Wolfgang Losert: TBA
Mon, Feb 5, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Ben Eysenbach: Contrastive Successor Representations
Mon, Feb 12, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Goal-reaching problems are ubiquitous in both the natural and engineered world. While learning to achieve goals is often considered an aspect of intelligence in biological systems, it is challenging to design practical algorithms for learning such behavior in high-dimensional environments. In this talk, I'll discuss recent work on contrastive…

Douglas Shepherd: TBA
Mon, Feb 19, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Quan Wen: TBA
Mon, Mar 18, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Mathieu Louis: TBA
Mon, Mar 25, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Jonas Cremer: TBA
Mon, Apr 1, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Allyson Sgro:TBA
Mon, Apr 8, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Jasmine Nirody: TBA
Mon, Apr 15, 2024, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Patrick Secor: TBA
Mon, Apr 22, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm