Bringing Mechanobiology Researchers Together from Around the Globe

Organized by the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology with support from the National Science Foundation, the Annual Mechanobiology symposium brings mechanobiology researchers from around the world together to discuss emerging issues in forces that control living systems in both plant and animal cells. Read more below to learn about our upcoming and past symposiums.

4th Annual Symposium_March 9-10

4th Annual Mechanobiology Symposium
March 9 and 10, 2022

Focused on Mechanobiology and Metabolism, the 4th Annual Symposium on Mechanobiology will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. Please continue checking this page for further details.

Invited Speakers:

  • Thomas Bertero (Université Côte d’Azur)
  • Kris A. DeMali (University of Iowa)
  • Sirio Dupont (University of Padua)
  • Peter Friedl (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
  • Alan Howe (University of Vermont)
  • Benoit Landrein (Université de Lyon)
  • Naomi Nakayama (Imperial College London)
  • Cindy Reinhart-King (Vanderbilt University)
  • Arun Sampathkumar (Max Planck Institute)
  • Valerie Weaver (University of California, San Francisco)
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Past Symposiums

3rd Annual Mechanobiology Symposium

Focused on engineering mechano-intelligence, the 3rd Annual Symposium on Mechanobiology was held online on January 28, 2021. Invited speakers included:

  • Alessandra Cambi, Associate Professor, Radboud University Medical Center
    “Mech(n)anobiology of antigen-presenting cells”
  • Anja Geitmann, Dean, McGill University
    “Force, form and function – Morphogenesis and mechanics of the plant leaf epidermis”
  • Olivier Hamant, Research Director, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
    “Intracellular mechanotransduction in plant cells”
  • Boris Hinz, Professor, University of Toronto
    “Fibroblasts form a forceful and memorable connection with the matrix”
  • Megan King, Associate Professor, Yale University
    “A biophysical view of the genome from coding and non-coding perspectives”
  • Laurent Pieuchot, CNRS Researcher, Université de Haute Alsace
    “Curvotaxis in migrating cells and growing epithelia”
  • Ning Wang, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    “The central role of cytoskeletal prestress in nuclear mechanotransduction and mechanomedicine”
  • Sara Wickström, Associate Professor, Helsinki Institute of Life Science
    “Nuclear mechanotransduction: Regulation of cell fate and integrity”
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2nd Annual Symposium on Mechanobiology (2019)

The 2019 symposium was organized with support from the National Science Foundation.  This year, the symposium ran as a satellite meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, and took place at Washington University in St. Louis on October 13-15.   

This international symposium covered emerging issues in forces that control living systems in both plant and animal cells. Invited speakers included:

  • Tobias Baskin, UMass Amherst
  • Philip Bayly, WashU
  • Siobhan Braybrook, UCLA
  • José Dinneny, Stanford
  • Adrienne Roeder, Cornell

1st Annual Symposium on Mechanobiology (2018)

The first international symposium covered emerging issues in forces that control living systems in both plant and animal cells. Invited speakers included:

  • Ovijit Chaudhuri, Stanford
  • Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago
  • Roger Kamm, MIT
  • Pakorn ‘Tony’ Kanchanawong, MBI/NUS
  • John Lowengrub, UC Irvine
  • Iris Meier, OSU
  • Alex Mogilner, NYU
  • Gabriele Monshausen, Penn State
  • GV Shivashankar, MBI/NUS
  • Doris Wagner, UPenn
  • Yu-li Wang, CMU
  • Valerie Weaver, UCSF

Attend the Annual Symposium to learn about more mechanobiology research.

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