The second Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium is coming virtually in March 11th-12th, 2021

The second Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium will be organized virtually on March 11th-12th of 2021. This year will count with Dr. Francisco Bezanilla from the University of Chicago as the keynote speaker. The talks will include research on electrophysiology, machine learning applied to cellular microscopy, and prediction of protein-protein interaction sites.

This event aims to build an international network of scientists whose work is representative of the field of biophysics. Biophysics is a very multidisciplinary field and this meeting sets a precedent in Costa Rica about the importance of collaborating across disciplines to answer challenging scientific questions.

The first Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium was organized in January of 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica. It attracted nearly 80 attendees with scientists from Costa Rica and worldwide universities including Virginia Tech and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Information about the 2021 symposium and registration can be found at the official web page Registration will open on the first week of February.


Thursday 2021/03/11SpeakerAffiliationTitle
10:00 am – 10:20 amChristopher S, Jose R, Fran A, Gustavo COrganizersOpening remarks
10:20 am – 10:40 amEnrique Lin ShiaoUniversity of California, BerkeleyThe versatility of DNA – from building nanostructures to rewriting the code of life
10:40 am – 11:00 amPablo GainzaEPFLDeciphering interaction fingerprints in protein surfaces to de novo design new biologics
11:00 am – 11:20 amCoffe Break
11:20 am – 11:40 amMarcela GaritaInstitut de Neurosciences de MontpellierTBD
11:40 pm – 12:00 pmOrlando Argüello-MirandaUT Southwestern Medical CenterAdvancing single-cell fluorescent microscopy through machine learning
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch Break
1:00 pm – 1:20 pmGiovanni-Saenz-Arce,PhDUniversidad Nacional de Costa RicaAtomic force microscopy applied to biological problems
1:20 pm – 1:40 pmRodrigo MoraUniversidad de Costa RicaBiocomputational identification of complex networks mediating gene dosage compensation in cancer
1:40 pm – 2:00 pmÓscar Andrey HerreraUniversidad de Costa RicaQuantum phenomena in biological systems: from monarch butterflies to leaf-cutting ants
2:00 pm – 2:20 pmCoffe Break
2:20 pm – 2:40 pmIsaac CéspedesInstituto Tecnológico de Costa RicaTBD
2:40 pm – 3:00 pmLeonardo Lesser RojasUniversidad de Costa RicaApplications of nanogaps on-a-chip for the development of new generation biomacromolecular detection and analysis methods
Friday 2021/03/12Speaker/PanelistAffiliationTitle
10:00 am – 10:20 amAdarli Romero, PhDUniversidad de Costa RicaTBD
10:20 am – 10:40 amOscar BrenesUniversidad de Costa RicaFunctional characterization of ionic channels associated with muscle channelopathies
10:40 am – 11:00 amCoffee break
11:00 am – 11:20 amGustavo ChavesParacelsus Medical University, NurembergElectrophysiology of the voltage-gated proton channel, HV1
11:20 am – 11:40 amBernardo PintoUniverstiy of ChicagoA thermometer based on membrane capacitance
11:40 pm – 12:00 pmSara T GranadosUniverstiy of Illinois at ChicagoInward-rectifier potassium channel and cholesterol interactions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pmFrancisco BezanillaUniverstiy of ChicagoKeynote presentation – TBD
2:00 pm – 2:20 pmChristopher S, Jose R, Fran A, Gustavo COrganizersClosing remarks

The schedule is in Costa Rican local time (CST).