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daVinci Center for Physical Biology Retreat
June 2, 2005

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Norton Woods, 136 Irving St. Cambridge

7:45 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast available

8:00 - 8:30 Business Meeting (Faculty only)

8:30 - 10:00

Howard Berg


John Hutchinson
Ideas that link solid mechanics to biology
Guido Guidotti
Mechanosensitivity of membrane proteins
Claudia Danilowitz
(Prentiss lab, Physics)
Unbinding and unzipping with magnetic tweezers
Erik Procko
(Gaudet lab, MCB)
Peptide selection and translocation by the transporter associated with antigen processing
Melike Lakadamyali
(Zhuang lab, CCB/Physics)
Watching single viruses infect cells
Chris Gabel
(Samuel lab; Physics)
"Barotaxis": Quantitative Measurement of C. elegans' Response to Pressure
Arvind Gopinath
(Mahadevan lab, DEAS)
Modeling planar flagellar motions
Mark Bates
(Zhuang lab, CCB/Physics)
Novel photophysics of Cy5

10:00- 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:00

Michael Brenner
Evolution of Na+- and K+ ion pumps

David Jeruzalmi
Biological assemblies at DNA replication origins

Julius Lucks
(Nelson lab, Physics)
Dynamics of RNA translocation and unfolding

Venky Murthy
Lighting up single synapses

Manouk Abkarian
(Stone lab, DEAS)
Microfluidic manipulation of, and measurements on, red blood cells
Xavier Noblin
(Dumain & Holbrook labs, OEB)
Spore discharge in mushrooms: the surface tension catapult

Iva Maxwell
(Mazur lab, Physics)
Subcellular nanosurgery using femtosecond laser pulses

Doug Weibel
(Whitesides lab, CCB)
MicroOxen - Microorganisms to move microscale loads

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

2:00 - 4:00

Nicole Francis
Modulation of chromatin structure in epigenetic regulation by Polycomb proteins
Cliff Brangwynne
(Weitz lab, DEAS/Physics)
Mechanical properties of biopolymers and living cells
Simon Rainville
(Berg lab, MCB/Physics
Biophysical studies of the bacterial flagellar motor
David Biron
(Samuel lab, Physics)
Long term thermal memory and learning in C. elegans
Askan Vaziri
(Hutchinson lab, DEAS)
Probing the nucleus
Marcus Roper
(Stone lab, DEAS)
Magnetically driven artifical flagellae
Carlo Zambonelli
(Kleckner lab, MCB)
HEAT repeat domains as protein springs
Romain Koszul
(Kleckner lab, MCB)
Measurement of mechanical forces generated by chromatin modifications