Biophysics Seminars

The Department of Biophysics hosts a vibrant seminar series, where senior leaders and rising stars discuss their latest work and spend a day meeting with faculty, postdocs, and students. Seminars are held on the second Thursday of each month.

Lectures are presently held virtually via zoom

DateSpeaker and Seminar Title
2021-2022 Season
Sept 9, 2021

Adriaan Bax, Ph.D.– NIH Distinguished Investigator, Biophysical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Section, Laboratory of Chemical Physics

Title:   “Breathing, speaking, coughing or sneezing: What drives transmission of SARS-CoV-2?”

Zoom Link

Jose Rizo-Rey, Ph.D.
 Oct 7, 2021

Kelly Nguyen, Ph.D.– Principal Investigator, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Title: "TBD"

Zoom Link

Jan Erzberger, Ph.D.

Xiaochen Bai, Ph.D.

Nov 4, 2021

Kaspar Locher, Ph.D.– Professor of Molecular Membrane Biology
Department of Biology,  ETH Zurich

Title: "Structure and mechanism of human ABC transporters"
Xiaochun Li, Ph.D.
Dec 2, 2021

Renae Ryan, Ph.D.– Assistant ProfessorProfessor of Biochemical Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, Academic Director of SAGE, University of Syndney, Australia

Title: "The Split Personality of Glutamate Transporters: a Chloride Channel and a Transporter"
Ryan Hibbs, Ph.D.
Jan 6, 2022

Yanhui Xu, Ph.D. – Professor, Fudan University Cancer Institute, China

Title: "Structural Insights into assembly of Mediator-bound preinitiation complex"

Zoom Link


Diana Tomchick, Ph.D.
Feb 3, 2022

Jerome Gros, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Pasteur Institute, France

Title:Mechanical feedback in embryonic self-organization"

Zoom Link

Konstantin Doubrovinski, Ph.D.
Feb 24, 2022

Brian Kobilka, M.D. Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University

Recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Title:"Structural insights into the dynamic process of GPCR activation" 

Zoom Link

Punita Kumari, Ph.D.

Biophysics Postdocs

Mar 3, 2022

Rakhi Rajan, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma


Title:"Modulating protein conformational changes and divalent metal binding properties to improve Cas nuclease specificities" 


Zoom Link

Elizabeth Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Apr 7, 2022

Peng Yuan, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, Washington University School of

Medicine in St. Louis


Title:"Structural basis for gating of mechanosensitive channels" 

Room number NB2.1A&B

Zoom Link

 Xiaochun Li, Ph.D
May 5, 2022

Martin Jonikas, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Title:"Structure, biogenesis, and engineering of the Eukaryotic CO2-concentrating organelle, the pyrenoid"

Room NG3.112

Zoom Link

Michael Rosen, Ph.D.
June 2, 2022

Gregory Voth, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

Title: "Overcoming the Multiscale Challenge for Complex Biomolecular Systems"

Room NG3.112

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 Luke Rice, Ph.D.