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CCBM Bringing High-Powered Speakers for Two-Day Workshop

October 25, 2019

The NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) at UC Merced is hosting a two-day workshop entitled “Emerging Themes in Cellular and Biomolecular Machines” on campus and in Yosemite National Park.

The workshop will bring invited speakers from related National Science Foundation engineering-research and science-and-technology centers, as well as other units, to present on topics that overlap with the CCBM’s research. Highlights include a research-poster session, collaborative discussions, networking and breakout sessions. The workshop will also explore current and best practices.

The event takes place from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the California Room and is open to everyone. On Nov. 9, sessions for invited guests take place in Yosemite. The workshop is hosted by the CCBM with funding from the NSF.

Guest speakers include:

  • David Bishop from Boston University, on “Mending Broken Hearts, the CELL-MET ERC;”
  • Steven M. Block from Stanford University, on “Optical Tweezers: Biophysics in a New Light;”
  • Hana El-Samad, from UCSF, on “Biological Feedback Control;”
  • Hernan Garcia from UC Berkeley on “Non-Equilibrium Regulation of Chromatin Accessibility and Transcription in Development;”
  • Kerwyn Casey Huang from Stanford University, on “Physics of Bacterial Growth;”
  • Roger D. Kamm from MIT, on “The Promise of Multi-cellular Engineered Living Systems;”
  • Susan Marqusee from UC Berkeley, on “Protein Folding on and off the Ribosome;”
  • Taher Saif from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on “Emergent Living Machines;”
  • Vivek Shenoy, from the University of Pennsylvania, on “Cell-Matrix Interactions in Cancer: Multiscale Chemo-Mechanical Models;" and
  • Sara Vassmer from the University of Missouri, on “Broader Impacts: Best Practices, Tools, & Resources for Success”

The poster session takes place in KL355 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. The event is free and no registration is needed. For more information, email Carrie Kouadio.