The tenth annual MBSB research symposium will be held on Friday, May 12th from 8:30am to 5:00pm in the Frick Fine Arts Building.  The 2023 symposium will feature Dr. Clifford Brangwynne as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers will include MBSB faculty, current MBSB graduate students, and an MBSB alumnus.  Scroll down to see the schedule of events!


Keynote Speaker: 

Clifford P. Brangwynne, PhD

"Living Droplets: A liquid phase paradigm for biological organization 


Registration Information

 MBSB Symposium 2023 registration form and abstract submissions should be completed no later than April 21st, 2023.

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Abstract Template: Click HERE to download 


Program Details - MBSB Symposium 2023


8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-9:10 Program Welcome


Morning Session 1:

Chaired by Sophia Staggers

9:10 am             Structural basis for biosynthesis of monomeric BMP-9 and BMP-10
                          Tristin Schwartze


9:30 am             Why biomembranes find lipid asymmetry pretty stressful
                          Markus Deserno, PhD
                          Professor, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University


10:05 am           Break

10:20 am           Parallel Sessions: Career Development session for Students

MBSB Faculty Meeting for Faculty


Morning Session 2:

Chaired by Victor So

11:30 am           Structural biology of the TGF-betas:  new insights into mechanism to novel therapies for human disease
                         Andy Hinck, PhD
                         Professor, Department of Structural Biology

12:05 pm           Structural Impacts of Homodimerization Interface Mutations on HIV-1 Nef

Kasia Thomas

12:25pm            Lunch


Afternoon Session:

Chaired by Anna Belford

1:15 pm             SARS-CoV-2 Antiviral Development
                          Ryan Slack, PhD

1:50 pm             Development of Novel Gene Delivery Vehicles
                          Yu Hong Wang


2:10 pm             Molecular mechanisms of synaptic vesicle transport proteins
                          Jonathan Coleman, PhD
                          Assistant Professor, Department of Structural Biology

2:45-3:00           Break


Keynote Address:

Chaired by Michael Dalton


3:00 pm             Living Droplets: A liquid phase paradigm for biological organization
                          Clifford P. Brangwynne, PhD
June K. Wu 92’ Professor in Engineering, Princeton University
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Director, Princeton Bioengineering Initiative
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

4:00pm              Poster Session + Reception