Biophysics Seminars Archive

Remi Monasson: Inference of effective networks form neural data to better understand spatial navigation

Mon, Dec 17, 2018, 12:00 pm

As an animal moves in space and receives external sensory inputs, it must dynamically maintain the representations of its position and environment at all times. How the hippocampus, a brain area crucial for spatial representations, achieves this task, and manages possible conflicts between different inputs remains unclear.

Daniel Cohen: Applying Swarm Engineering to Control Collective Cell Dynamics

Mon, Dec 10, 2018, 12:00 pm

Multicellular life is driven by collective cell migration spanning morphogenesis, growth, wound healing, and even cancer invasion.  Our group seeks to better understand such collective behaviors in living tissues in order that we can learn to control them, much as a shepherd and sheepdog herd sheep.

Benjamin Lovegren de Bivort: The neural circuit basis of behavioral individuality

Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 12:00 pm

Individuals animals vary in their behaviors even when their genetics and environment are held constant. The mechanisms underlying this variation is still largely uncharacterized, though we have made some progress in understanding genetic and circuit variants that lead a population of animals to exhibit high or low variability in behavior.

CPBF November Symposium

Mon, Nov 19, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Lisa Manning: What do guitar strings and balloons have in common with biological networks and tissues?

Mon, Nov 12, 2018, 12:00 pm
Both guitar strings and balloons are floppy unless rigidified by geometrically induced self-stresses

Alvaro Sanchez: Metabolic rules of microbial community assembly

Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 12:00 pm

Microbes form complex multi-species communities that play important roles across the biosphere.

Simon Sponberg: Emergent Simplicity and Multiscale Mechanisms of Agile Animal Movement

Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 12:00 pm

The ability to move is a trait of all animals. Yet how do animals, including ourselves, get around in this complex and uncertain world with an ease and agility we find hard to recreate in engineered systems? Using an organismal physics approach my group explores the physical and physiological mechanisms that enable agile movement in living...

Chuck Stevens: Shared properties of the fly olfactory system and the monkey human face patch neurons

Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 12:00 pm

Perhaps unexpectedly, two quite different types of brain systems – the fruit fly olfactory system and the monkey inferotemporal face patches responding to human faces – share a number of properties. In both cases, the systems represent stimuli (odors and faces) by points and a high-dimensional space, one that is 50- dimensional for the fly and...

Larry Abbott: Operating Principles of a Learning Network in Electric Fish

Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 12:00 pm

The electrosensory lobe (ELL) in mormyrid electric fish is a cerebellar-like structure that cancels the sensory effects of self-generated electric fields, allowing prey to be detected. Like the cerebellum, the ELL involves two stages of processing, analogous to the Purkinje cells and output cells of the deep cerebellar nuclei.

Thomas T. Perkins: Watching individual proteins unfold and refold by 1-µs resolution force spectroscopy

Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 12:00 pm
Protein folding occurs as a set of transitions between structural states within an energy landscape. An oversimplified view of the folding process emerges when transiently populated states are undetected because of limited instrumental resolution.

Watching individual proteins unfold and refold by 1-µs resolution force spectroscopy

Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 12:00 pm

Protein folding occurs as a set of transitions between structural states within an energy landscape. An oversimplified view of the folding process emerges when transiently populated states are undetected because of limited instrumental resolution.

Bill Bialek & Josh Shaevitz: “state of the Center”

Biophysics Seminar: Mala Murthy

Mon, Apr 2, 2018, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Miriam Goodman, Stanford "Deciphering Touch Sensation and Neuronal Mechanoprotection"

Biophysics Seminar: William Bialek "Statistical mechanics for networks of real neurons"

Biophysics Seminar: Ned Wingreen

Mon, Feb 26, 2018, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Robert Austin

Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Benjamin H Good, Berkeley

Mon, Feb 5, 2018, 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Please join us at 12 noon for lunch, seminar from 12:15-1:15.

Biophysics Seminar: Joshua Shaevitz

Mon, Dec 4, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Thomas Gregor

Mon, Nov 27, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Ilya Nemenman

Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Vijay Balasubramanian

Mon, Oct 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Eric Wieschaus

Mon, Oct 9, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Meredith Betterton

Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Mark J. Schnitzer

Mon, Sep 25, 2017, 12:00 pm

Biophysics Seminar: Cliff Brangwynne

Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 12:00 pm