BPSI Winter Symposium 2017

Wednesday 20 December 2017, 1.00PM

The Biophysics of cell swimming and motility 

We are delighted to invite you to the Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) Winter Symposium 2017. The event will consist of a series of keynote speeches, talks and poster presentations.

The Symposium will take place on 20 December 2017 (Wednesday) in the Diana Bowles Lecture Theatre (B/K/018), in the Department of Biology at the University of York. Registration will commence from 12:30pm in the Biology Atrium, with the lectures starting at 13.00pm, the event will conclude with a food and drink reception at 5:00pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

The BPSI Team

Cellular movement is fundamental to a broad range of fundamental processes in biology, spanning multiple length and time scales. Modern methods used to study cell motility and swimming are highly interdisciplinary in nature, operating not only at the interface between the physical and life sciences experimentally but capturing many advanced theoretical processes of mathematical biology and biocomputation. This BPSI Winter Symposium draws together world-class expertise and a fantastic suite of expert York researchers operating in this multifaceted research landscape. They will discuss exciting new discoveries in this fascinating area of multisciplinary research. This will be valuable for all members of the BPSI, irrespective of primary area of research, and will present a great opportunity to engage with other researchers from different departments as well as highlighting your own research through the poster and networking sessions. 

Exceptional talks and an invaluable chance to engage others at the cutting-edge interface between the life and physical sciences! 

All welcome!

Register your free place now

Outline of Event:

12.00-12.30pm Posters presenters mount posters (Atrium)



Registration desk open, coffee available (Atrium)



Session 1 (Diana Bowles), Chaired by Dr Martin Bees (Depts of Biology/Maths)
1.00pm   Welcome by Prof Mark Leake (Chair of BPSI network)



Prof Stuart Humphries (School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln) 

Shape effects on microscale swimmers Abstract (PDF , 89kb)



Dr Fiona Frame (York Cancer Research Unit, Biology) & Dr Julie Wilson (York Mathematics) 

Cell phenotypes: tracking cell behaviour 



Dr Jon Pitchford (York Biology & Mathematics) 

How did that evolve?



Coffee break and poster session (Atrium)



Session 2 (Diana Bowles), Chaired by Dr Laurence Wilson (Dept of Physics)



Prof Tanniemola B. Liverpool  (School of Mathematics, University of Bristol) 

Soft matter in synthetic biology - the collective behaviour of synthetic microswimmers Abstract (PDF , 88kb)



Ms Katie Thornton (York Physics) 

3D analysis of Haloarchaeal swimming behaviours using digital holographic microscopy



Dr Pegine Walrad (York Biology) 

A Swimmer's Tale: Determining motility parameters of Leishmania parasites



Discussion panel (all speakers)



Food, drink, networking and poster session (Atrium)


Posters strongly encouraged -  feel free to mount a poster of any of your research which is at the physical-life sciences interface. All we ask is that you tick the checkbox when you register to help us to arrange the right number of poster boards. This will be a great focus to highlight your work and discuss with others.









Location: Diana Bowles Lecture Theatre K018 and Atrium, Department of Biology, University of York