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KITP Conference: Soft Matter Physics Approaches to Biology (May 23-27, 2011)
Coordinators: Alexander Y. Grosberg, Katharina Ribbeck, Michael Rubinstein

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Session: Nuclear Physics 1.   Chair: Robijn Bruinsma (UCLA)

8:50am Boris Shraiman
(KITP Permanent Member)
Welcome[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:00am Paul Chaikin
(NYU)
Artificial Replication[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Gijs Wuite
(Amsterdam)
Quantifying the Physics Inside the Genome One Molecule at a Time[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Christophe Zimmer
(Institute Pasteur, Paris)
Imaging and Modeling Chromosome Dynamics in Yeast[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Kerry Bloom
(UNC Chapel Hill)
The Molecular Basis of a Chromatin Spring in Mitosis[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK

Session: Nuclear Physics 2.   Chair: Garegin Papoian (Maryland)

2:00pm Erez Lieberman-Aiden
(Harvard Univ.)
How the Genome Folds[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm Jonathan Widom
(NWU)
Nucleosome Positioning[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00pm Helmut Schiessel
(Leiden Univ.)
DNA and Chromatin[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:45pm Ralf Everaers
(Lyon)
Structure and Dynamics of Interphase Chromosomes[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:30pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Session: DNA 1.   Chair: Alexey Kornyshev (Imperial College, London)

9:00am David Bensimon
(INS Paris and UCLA)
New Results on ISWI Chromatin Remodeling[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Tanniemola Liverpool
(Univ. Bristol)
Some Problems in DNA Mechanics: From Transcription to Splicing[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Alexander Vologodskii
(NYU)
DNA Knots, Links, and Topoisomerases[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Participants VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION 1[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK

Session: DNA 2.   Chair: Philip Pincus (UCSB)

2:00pm Mark Williams
(NEU)
Force-induced DNA Interactions: From Small Molecules to Proteins[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm Serge Lemay
(Univ. Twente)
Fun With Ions: Electrophoretic Forces on DNA in Solid-State Nanopores and Electrochemical Single Molecule Detection[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00pm Ned Seeman
(NYU)
DNA: Not Merely the Secret of Life[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:45pm Participants VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION 2[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:30pm RECEPTION
6:00pm SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER
8:00pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Session: Physics of Viruses.   Chair: Erwin Frey (Ludwig Max. Univ.)

9:00am Charles Knobler
William Gelbart
(UCLA)
Self-Assembly of Viral Capsids around ssRNA[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Michael Hagan
(Brandeis Univ.)
Aspects of Viral Capsid Assembly Around Polymers and RNA[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Francoise Livolant
(ENS Paris)
DNA Condensation in a Confined Environment (the Bacteriophage Capsid)[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:45am Robert Phillips
(Caltech)
How Viruses Make New Viruses: A Single-Molecule View[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm Frank Jülicher
(MPI Dresden)
Dynamics of Tissues[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
1:15pm LUNCH BREAK
2:00pm FREE AFTERNOON

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Session: Cytoskeleton and Cell Activity 1.   Chair: Katharina Ribbeck (MIT)

9:00am Samuel Safran
(Weizmann Inst.)
Development of Nematic and Smectic Order in the Cellular Cytoskeleton
9:45am Jennifer Curtis
(Georgia Tech.)
Mechanics and Structure of the Polymer Coat on Cells, and their Influence on Cell Physiology[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Mark Bathe
(MIT)
Bayesian Analysis of Cytoskeletal Dynamics: Bridging the Gap Between Experiment and Theory
11:45am Christoph Schmidt
(Göttingen)
Non-equilibrium Dynamics of Biological Matter and Cellular Mechanosensing[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK

Session: Cytoskeleton and Cell Activity 2.   Chair: Fred MacKintosh (Vrije Univ., Amsterdam)

2:00pm Krystyn Van Vliet
(MIT)
Chemomechanics of Cell-Material Interactions
2:45pm Paul Janmey
(UPenn)
Network Formation and Crosslinking of Cytoskeletal Polymers and Filamentous Viruses[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:00pm Ido Golding
(Baylor College of Medicine)
Precise Characterization of Gene Activity in Individual Cells During Fate Determination and Maintenance[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:45pm Denis Wirtz
(JHU)
The Physics of Cell Motility in 3D
5:30pm RECEPTION
6:00pm SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER
8:00pm SHUTTLE TO BWSCI

Friday, May 27, 2011

Session: Nanochannels.   Chair: Boris Shraiman (KITP)

9:00am David Weitz
(Harvard Univ.)
Collective Motion of Cells, with its Analogy to the Glass Transition[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:45am Thierry Savin
(ETH Zürich)
On the Growth and Form of Gut
10:30am MORNING BREAK
11:00am Alexei Koulakov
(Cold Spring Harbor)
Development of Brain Maps: Nature Versus Nurture[Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Session: Physics Aspects of Evolution.   Chair: Boris Shraiman (KITP)

11:45am Edo Kussel
(NYU)
Population Ageing[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm LUNCH BREAK
2:00pm Tom McLeish
(Durham Univ.)
Models of Genotype-Phenotype Mapping in Evolutionary Landscapes[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:45pm Eugene Shakhnovich
(Harvard Univ.)
Understanding Biological Fitness From First Principles[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm Job Dekker
(UMass Medical Center)
Chromosome Folding Principles: Insights Obtained with C-Technologies[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:15pm CONFERENCE END

Posters

Thomas Angelini
(Univ. Florida)
Biofilm Spreading by Soft Matter Concentration Gradients
Paul Atzberger
(UCSB)
Dynamic Models of Lipid Bilayer Membranes with Protein Inclusions[Poster]
Arlette Baljon
(San Diego State Univ.)
Tensile Forces Explain Observed Mitochondrial Cristae Morphology[Poster]
Chase Broedersz
(Vrije Univ.)
Distinct Elastic Regimes Controlled by Isostaticity[Poster]
Liheng Cai
(Univ. North Carolina)
Periciliary Layer: An Additional Protective Barrier for Lungs
Aviel Chaimovich
(UCSB)
The Relative Entropy as an Indicator of Multiscale Errors[Poster]
Alexander Chervanyov
(IPF)
Polymer-mediated Interactions Between Colloids: Potential Theory
Kevin Chiou
(UCSB)
Mechanical Force Inference in Epithelial Cell Monolayers[Poster]
Marek Cieplak
(Polish Academy of Sci.)
Nanoindentation of Virus Capsids in a Molecular Model[Poster]
Nicolas Clauvelin
(Rutgers)
Long-distance Communication in Chromatin[Poster]
Geoffrey Fudenberg
(Harvard Univ.)
Three-Dimensional Genome Architecture Predicts the Distribution of Chromosomal Alterations in Human Cancers[Poster]
Ajay Gopinathan
(UC Merced)
Intrinsically Disordered Polymer Brushes and the Nuclear Pore Complex: Implications for a Novel Form of Gated Transport[Poster]
Rony Granek
(Ben-Gurion Univ.)
Protein Dynamics and Stability: Universality vs. Specificity[Poster]
Matthew Grant
(Univ. Cambridge)
DnaA and the Timing of Chromosome Replication in E.coli[Poster]
Gregory Grason
(UMass)
Intrinsically Twisted Biofilament Bundles: Self-Limited Assembly and Irregular Cross-Sectional Order in Equilibrium[Poster]
Ming Guo
(Harvard Univ.)
Activity Dependent Particle's Motion in Living Cells[Poster]
Michael Hagan
(Brandeis Univ.)
Excitability and Chaos in Active Nematic Suspensions[Poster]
Longhua Hu
(Univ. Maryland)
How Does the Antagonism Between Capping and Anti-Capping Proteins Affect Actin Network Dynamics?[Poster]
Suckjoon Jun
(Harvard Univ.)
Bacterial Chromosomes in the Micropiston Behave Like a Loaded Entropic Spring
Yan Levin
(UFRGS, Brazil)
Ions at Interfaces: Surface Tensions, Surface Potentials and Critical Coagualation Concentrations of Electrolyte Solutions and Colloidal Suspensions[Poster]
Ludvig Lizana
(NYU)
Electrophoresis of a Charged (Non-conducting Sphere) in an Ionic Liquid[Poster]
Jun Lin
(UCSB)
Bandpass Filtering of DNA Elastic Modes Using Confinement and Tension[Poster]
Philippe Marcq
(Institut Curie)
Polarity Patterns of Stress Fibers[Poster]
Dustin McIntosh
(UCSB)
Probing Swollen Polymer Structure with Single-Molecule Elasticity Experiments[Poster]
Tom McLeish
(Durham Univ.)
Protein Signalling via Thermal Vibration: Opposite Effects from Identical Causes[Poster]
Kei Mueller
(TUM)
A Novel Approach to the Simulation of Cytosceletal Polymorphism[Poster]
Raghuveer Parthasarathy
(Univ. Oregon)
Mechanical Mysteries of Bio-Membranes[Poster]
David Potoyan
(UMD)
Impact of Covalent Modifications on Conformational and Binding Propensities of Histone Tails[Poster]
Payam Rowghanian
(NYU)
DNA Translocation Through a Nanopore[Poster]
Volker Schaller
(TUM)
Aggregation and Growth in Active Systems[Poster]
Joanna Sulkowska
(UCSD)
Untying Slipknots and Knots in Proteins[Poster]
Paul van der Schoot
(Eindhoven Univ. of Tech)
Influence of the Topology of Single-stranded RNA on in Vitro Virus Assembly[Poster]
Yann von Hansen
(TUM)
Extracting Protein Dynamics from Single-Molecule Experiments using Dynamic Deconvolution[Poster]
Jing Xu
(UC Irvine)
Turning Kinesin On the Unconventional Way[Poster]
Alexandra Zidovska
(Harvard Medical School)
On the Mechanical Stabilization of Filopodia[Poster]