Biophysics Seminars

Howard Stone: Seeking Intersections of Mechanics and (Molecular) Biology

Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 12:00 pm

I will survey some of the research of my group in areas that sit at the intersection of mechanics and biology. First, I will offer some perspective of how classical physics, and in particular both fluid mechanics and elasticity, as they are considered in modern engineering curricula, are well suited to materials-centric  studies of biology in...

Eleni Katifori: Pattern formation and self-organization in biological flows

Mon, Feb 11, 2019, 12:00 pm

Complex life above a certain size would not be possible without a circulatory system. Both plants and animals have developed vascular systems of striking complexity to solve the problem of nutrient delivery, waste removal, and information exchange. Vascular networks are intimately linked to the fitness of organisms.

Valentina Emiliani: Toward circuits optogenetics

Mon, Feb 18, 2019, 12:00 pm

Since the discovery of Channelrhodopsin and the first demonstration of photo-evoked action potentials in mammalian cells, optogenetics is progressively revolutionizing neuroscience research, opening perspectives both in fundamental and in medical research still unimaginable until few years ago.