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Frontiers in Biophysics is an annual conference covering all areas of quantitative biology. It will be held on Monday-Tuesday, June 28-29 2021 virtually. There are typically 70-100 participants, with attendees approximately split between The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). Others attend from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Trinity Western University, University of Victoria, University of Washington, and other locations in the Pacific Northwest. Researchers from all levels are encouraged to attend. Talks are sourced primarily from undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Poster presentations are welcome for all attendees. Also, keynote speakers are invited to present a 1 hour plenary talk. Frontiers in Biophysics attracts attendees from a diverse set of departments: physics, mathematics, biology, biochemistry, computer science, biomedical engineering. The informal atmosphere encourages discussion and networking across departments, which is a rare opportunity for these, typically isolated, various local groups. Students benefit greatly from learning of the diverse research being performed in the Pacific Northwest in experimental, theoretical, and applied quantitative biology. Frontiers in Biophysics alternates location between UBC and SFU, and is organized by a graduate student committee.

Submit your abstract

Two categories:

- Oral: Each speaker has a presentation of 10min talk + 2 min Q&A. There may be a selection process depending on the volume of the submission.

- Poster: We can accommodate all poster submissions. Please submit the poster abstract in the link below, and a jpg file in the next link.

All presenters will be offered further instructions prior to the event.

Deadline: 4pm, June 18, 2021

Upload your poster

Poster sessions will be held virtually on the platform. An example of how the poster presentations will look like can be found here. Please submit the poster file separately in the link below.

Poster format:

• jpg format is the only file type that may be used.

• Minimum width is 1000px (26.46cm).

• Minimum height is 600px (15.88cm).

• Maximum file size is 3MB.

• No transparent background.

• The poster will be presented to fit a screen (16:9). This means that landscape is the most suitable format. However, posters in portrait will also fit well as the poster stands allow scrolling for both presenters and visitors.

Deadline: 4pm, June 25, 2021

Keynote Speakers

Christopher Cairo

University of Alberta

Christopher W. Cairo is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. He obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. He went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Prof. Laura L. Kiessling where he worked on multivalent carbohydrate-protein interactions. Chris then moved to an NIH-funded Postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. David E. Golan at Harvard Medical School where he studied the regulation of integrins in T cell adhesion. Chris joined the faculty of the University of Alberta in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and was promoted to Professor in 2021. He was a principal investigator in the Alberta Glycomics Centre, and is currently a Network Investigator with GlycoNet. The Cairo research group studies the function of glycoproteins and glycolipids in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and immunity. Their work takes place at the chemistry-biology interface with major projects targeting the design of inhibitors for the human neuraminidase enzymes, the recognition of carbohydrate antigens in immune response, and bioconjugate labelling strategies for glycolipids and glycoproteins.

Raymond E. Goldstein

University of Cambridge

Raymond Ethan Goldstein is Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge. Before his position at University of Cambridge started in 2006, he has held academic appointments at the University of Chicago, Princeton University and the University of Arizona. Raymond Goldstein is an internationally recognised leader in the fields of biological physics and nonlinear dynamics. He is distinguished for having made important mathematical contributions to those subjects as well as pioneering experimental discoveries. His broad-ranging contributions include classic work on the dynamics of pattern formation driven by long-range forces, the differential geometry of interfacial pattern formation, and the explanation for the shapes of stalactites. He has made seminal experimental contributions to the study of active matter, including developing a class of green algae as model organisms for the study of biological fluid dynamics, the physics of multicellularity, and the synchronisation of eukaryotic flagella.


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The Institute of Applied Mathematics promotes interdisciplinary research in the mathematical sciences at UBC by bringing together students and faculty who do mathematical work within a variety of disciplines. The Institute’s faculty and student members come from many different departments and faculties across the university, including the physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences. Students affiliated with the IAM pursue interdisciplinary masters and doctoral studies in applied and computational mathematics.

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) was created in 1996 by the community of mathematical scientists in Alberta and British Columbia, and subsequently extended to Washington State, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Our mandate is to promote research in and applications of the mathematical sciences, to facilitate the training of highly qualified personnel, to enrich public awareness of and education in the mathematical sciences, and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries (with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim). PIMS funds Collaborative Research Groups, Post-Doctoral Fellowships and individual events on a competitive basis.

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At SFU, many of our faculty are skilled researchers seeking solutions to some of the major challenges of our time while also passing along their knowledge and insights to the next generation of scientists – our students. Visit for more information.

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Silver Sponsors

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Ranked among the world’s top 40 universities, UBC’s research prowess in environmental science, math, oceanography, plant and animal science, computer science, geology and biology is consistently rated best in Canada by international and national rankings. UBC Science is a key incubator of educational innovations at UBC and beyond. Led by the Faculty's teaching and learning initiatives, we've transformed more than 200 science courses, improving the classroom experience of 16,000 UBC undergraduates every year. UBC Science faculty members conduct top-tier research in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences. Their discoveries help build our understanding of natural laws—driving insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, nanoscience and new materials, probability, artificial intelligence, exoplanets, and a wide range of other areas.

The UBC School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) envisions a future where biological and engineering fundamentals are applied seamlessly to the discovery, design, and development of transformative technological solutions that address problems in patient health and quality of life. It serves as a hub for education, innovation and research across patient health and healthcare. The translational efforts we are embarking on will yield inventions and innovations which impact society at the individual, population, and system levels-locally, nationally, and internationally.

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