Biophysics 2017: Scientifica’s pick of the top scientific sessions

Biophysics 2017: Scientifica’s pick of the top scientific sessions

The 61st Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society will be held next month from 11-15 February in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Make the most out of your attendance at the conference by planning which sessions you want to attend with the online meeting planner.

To get you started, we’ve chosen some of the best-looking sessions to ensure you enjoy your time in The Big Easy.

And, obviously, don’t forget to come and see Scientifica on booth 710 throughout the show!

Career, Education and Outreach

Lecture hall

Each of the career, education and outreach sessions is designed to give attendees the knowledge to make the most of their academic background and career plans, with topics for individuals at many different stages of their journey.

The World Outside the Lab: Many Ways to Use Your PhD Skills

Have you ever wondered how you can apply the skills learned while working on your PhD in a career away from the bench? This panel will explore multiple career options that exist in government, industry, and academia. Panellists with science backgrounds, now involved in a wide variety of careers, will share their personal experiences.

Date/Time: Sunday 12 February, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Location: Room R01

Speakers: Lesley Anson (Anson Scientific), Engin Serpersu (NSF) Stephanie DeLuca (2016-2017 BPS Congressional Fellow)

How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

This panel discussion, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panellists have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the dos and don'ts of submitting research manuscripts. Discussions will focus on strategies to avoid common pitfalls, how to prevent and fix problems before submission, and how to respond to critiques and even rejection of a paper. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the session.

Date/Time: Monday 13 February 13, 2:15 - 3:45 PM

Location: Room 220

Moderators: Gail Robertson (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Enrique De La Cruz (Yale University)

Panellists: Jane Dyson (Scripps Research Institute), Chris Yip (University of Toronto), Cynthia Czajkowski (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Postdoc to Faculty Q&A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

This question-and-answer luncheon is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. Discussion will be led by a panel of new faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments and experienced faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, networking, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. Pre-registration was required for lunch. If you are interested in attending and did not register in advance, you are welcome to participate in the discussion on a space-available basis.

Date/Time: Tuesday 14 February, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 222/223

Speakers: Bradley Baker (Korea Institute of Science and Technology), Silvia Cavagnero (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Julio Cordero-Morales (University of Tennessee Health Science Center), Jose Faraldo-Gomez (NHLBI, NIH), Shai Silberberg (NINDS, NIH), Valeria Vasquez (University of Tennessee Health Science Center)

NIH Grant Writing Workshop

Whether you are a first-time applicant or a scientist with long-standing NIH funding, it is important to stay abreast of the latest changes to the NIH extramural grant process. During this session NIGMS staff with expertise in biophysics will be providing details on the NIH grant review process as it stands in 2017, including the recently adopted requirement for rigor, responsibility, and data management.

Date/Time: Tuesday 14 February, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Location: Room R01

Speakers: Jean Chin (NIGMS), Susan Gregorick (NIGMS), Peter Preusch (NIGMS), James Mack (CSR)

Networking and Personal Branding: The Workshop

Navigating the complexities of a career in science is difficult. Making new, important discoveries takes hard work, perseverance, and luck. Along with these skills, career success increasingly hinges on complex social factors including establishing independent collaborations, peer and mentor support networks, and community name recognition. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the essential importance of networking in science careers, and of developing a recognizable personal brand to help promote developing scientists in the ever-competitive and complex job market.

Date/Time: Tuesday 14 February, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Location: Room 210

Speakers: Lisa Fauci (Tulane University), Jennifer Ross (University of Massachusetts), David Warshaw (University of Vermont)


For each of the platform sessions the programme committee selects a group of eight related abstracts to enable authors to give short (15 minute) presentations on their research findings.

Optical Microscopy and Super-Resolution Imaging: Novel Approaches and Analysis I

Date/Time: Sunday 12 February, 8:15 - 10:15 AM

Location: Room R06/07

Co-Chairs: Gerhard Schuetz (Vienna University of Technology), Elizabeth Hinde (University of New South Wales)

Voltage-gated Na Channels

Date/Time: Sunday 12 February, 8:15 - 10:15 AM

Location: Room R04/05

Co-Chairs: Shana L. Geffeney (Utah State University), Jesse B. Yoder (Johns Hopkins University)

Voltage-gated K Channels and Mechanisms of Voltage Sensing and Gating I

Date/Time: Sunday 12 February, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Room R04/05

Co-Chairs: Tinatin Brelidze (Georgetown University School of Medicine), Teresa Aman (University of Washington)

Other Channels

Date/Time: Monday 13 February, 10:45 - 12:45 PM

Location: Room R06/07

Calcium Signalling/Intercellular Calcium Channels and Sparks and Waves

Date/Time: Wednesday 15 February, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: Room 206/207

Co-Chairs: Ming-Feng Tsai (Brandeis University), David Jacobson (Vanderbilt University)



The symposia cover broad areas related to the field of biophysics with presentations from selected experts invited to speak by the programme committee.

New and Notable

Date/Time: Sunday 12 February, 10:45 - 12:45 PM

Location: Great Hall A

Co-Chairs: David W. Piston (Washington University in St. Louis) Catherine W. Royer (Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute)

Mechanotransduction to Physiology

Date/Time: Sunday 12 February, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Great Hall B

Chair: Jorg Grandl (Duke University)

Future of Biophysics

Date/Time: Monday 13 February, 10:45 - 12:45 PM

Location: Great Hall A

Co-Chairs: David W. Piston (Washington University in St. Louis), Catherine A. Royer (Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute)

Channel Gating Mechanisms

Date/Time: Wednesday 15 February, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: Great Hall A Chair: Katherine Henzler-Wildman (University of Wisconsin)


The workshops differ from the symposia by being oriented towards emerging techniques. The speakers, invited by the programme committee are experts in these methods and help the participants to understand the applications of these new technologies.

Beyond Calcium: Imaging Voltage and Other Ions

Date/Time: Tuesday 14 February, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Location: Room R02/03

Chair: William R. Kobertz (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Next Generation Biophysics Enabled by Precision Chemical Biology Tools

Date/Time: Tuesday 14 February, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Location: Room R04/05

Chair: Stephen G. Sligar (University of Illinois)


Poster hall

There is a total of 2,621 posters currently listed for presentation during the 61st Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. To search through them all and find the posters most relevant to your research visit the online meeting planner.

Location: Halls B-2 & C

For more information about the show including travel and accommodation visit the Biophysics Annual Meeting website.

Scientifica has also created a list of the “Top restaurants to dine at during Biophysics 2017”.

Scientifica will be exhibiting on booth 710

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