Electrical Cell Biology Workshop
28/29 March 2019
Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
The theoretical and experimental inquiry within biological sciences has never fully embraced an electrical viewpoint. While important studies of bioelectrical processes have and are being conducted, such as the Nobel-winning chemiosmotic mechanism of energy generation on membranes and the chemical basis of neuronal electrical processes, these are commonly considered as confined processes not relating to other cellular functions or being specific to certain cell types only (e.g. neurons). Fragmented individual studies on a diverse range of biological systems, conducted over the last decade, however, show that electrical forces and electrochemical gradients are fundamental in maintaining all kinds of cellular functions and organising them across space/time.
We are at an exciting nexus, to develop a new theoretical and experimental framework that links electrical forces to the cell biological mechanisms that generate, sense, and use them. The goal of this international workshop is to facilitate this process through interdisciplinary scientific exchange.
*This meeting is sponsored by the EPSRC NetworkPlus "Physics out of Equilibrium" and is therefore subsidised for the members of that network (https://emneq.org/)
All sessions; 25 min talks + 5min for questions and changeover between talks
28 March 2018:
9:30 – 10:20 Registration
10:20 – 10:30 Introduction and workshop motivation (O. Soyer)
10:30 – 12:00 Session 1: Electrochemistry meets biology
Shelley Minteer (U of Utah): ‘Mechanisms of Extracellular Electron Transfer: From Methods of Evaluation to Materials for Promotion’
Pat Unwin (U of Warwick): ‘Lab-on-a-Tip: Multifunctional Nanoscale Electrochemical Probes for Single Cell Measurements’
Andrew Marsh (U of Warwick): ‘Bacterial adhesion and molecular interactions’
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Session 2: Mammalian cell bioelectricity
Mustafa Djamgoz (Imperial College London): ‘Bioelectricity of cancer’
Sonia Antoranz Contera (U of Oxford): ‘Electromechanical coupling in neurons, collagen and the extracellular matrix’
Roland Knorr (Max Planck Institute): ‘Membranes in electric fields’
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee
15:30 – 17:00 Session 3: Bacterial electrical signaling
Minsu Kim (Emory University): ‘Tight regulation of electrically-charged substrate transport’
Arthur Prindle (Northwestern University): ‘Emergent metabolic dynamics in microbial communities’
Munehiro Asally (U of Warwick): ‘Electrically induced bacterial membrane potential dynamics’
17:00 – 18:00 Coffee and Open discussion
18:00 – 19:00 Poster Session and Drinks
19:00 – Late Dinner
29 March 2019:
9:30 – 11:00 Session 4: Electro-biophysics and bioengineering
Robert Bradley (Imperial College London): 'Engineering electroactivity for signalling, energy, and electrosynthesis'
Dr Paulo Rocha (U of Bath): ‘Detecting minuscule electrical activity of cell populations’
Teuta Pilizota (U of Edinburgh): ‘Single-cell bacterial electrophysiology’
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
11:30 – 13:00 Session 5: Metabolism as an electron-flow system
Orkun Soyer (U of Warwick): ‘Understanding metabolism as an electrical process’
Matthias Heinemann (U of Groningen): ‘An upper limit on Gibbs energy dissipation governs cellular metabolism’
Joff Silberg (Rice University): ‘Using synthetic protein electron carriers to control bacterial metabolism’
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 6: Plant bioelectricity
Murray Grant (U of Warwick): ‘Do variation potentials underpin systemic plant immunity’
George Bassel (U of Birmingham): ‘Information processing and distributed computing in plant organs’
Giovanni Sena (Imperial College London): ‘Feel the force: root electrotropism in Arabidopsis’
15:30 – 17:00 Coffee/Cake and Open discussion
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Speakers: Talks to be no longer than 25min to allow plenty of discussion time.
Posters: These can be A0 (Portrait) or A1 (Landscape or Portrait).
Parking: There is ample free parking at Radcliffe Conference Centre
Directions: Use postcode CV4 7SH
This postcode directs you to Scarman Road. You’ll need to follow directional signage to Lakeside Village. You’ll then find signposts for Radcliffe.
Public Transport: The closest train station is Coventry. A taxi to the Conference Venue will cost £10-15.