Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter Symposium

October 8 & 9, 2020

The UChicago Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter Symposium is a platform for exceptional early-career scientists in the broad field of soft and biological matter to present their work.  These speakers are chosen for their track record of research accomplishments and demonstrated contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. 

Please register for the Symposium by filling out this short form to receive an email with a Zoom link closer to the date.

All times are indicated in Central Daylight Time.  

Thursday, October 8

10:30  Tech Check
11:00-11:03 - Introduction & Welcome, Margaret  Gardel, UChicago MRSEC Director

Session 1 - Phases of Soft Matter (Discussion Leader: Nagel)

11:03 - 11:21 Andrei Gasic Critical Phenomena in the Folding Phase Diagram of a Large Protein
11:21 - 11:39 Erin Teich

Crystalline shielding localizes memory in jammed systems under oscillatory shear

11:39 - 11:57 Stewart Mallory Dynamic Overlap Concentration Scale of Active Colloids
11:57 - 12:15 Danilo Liarte Viscoelasticity of Disordered Elastic Networks: Jamming, Rigidity Percolation and Beyond
12:15 - 12:33 Alexa Keunstler Blueprinting Photothermal Shape-Morphing of Liquid Crystal Elastomers
12:33 - 1:03

Discussion with all Session 1 speakers

Session 2 - Assembling Soft Matter (Discussion Leader: Murugan)

1:00 - 1:18 Ahyoung Kim  Polymer-patched "Nano-Legos": design and assembly in liquid cell
1:18 - 1:36 Beatrice Soh Deformation Response of Catenated DNA Networks in a Planar Elongational FIeld
1:36 - 1:54 Sophie Marbach The nanoscale caterpillar or how to achieve precise motion with random sticky feet
1:54 - 2:12 Robert Alberstein Assembly of a patchy protein into variable 2D lattices via tunable multiscale interactions
2:12 - 2:30 Adrian Figg Controlling the DNA Hybridization Chain Reaction
2:30 - 3:00

Discussion with all Session 2 speakers

3:00 - 4:00 Closed Session.  Informal Discussion in Field Specific Breakout rooms [(Phases: Sid Nagel, Heinrich Jaeger, Michelle Driscoll); (Assemblies:  Arvind Murugan, Allison Squires); (Living: Margaret Gardel, Ed Munro, Mike Rust)]

Friday, October 9

Session 3 - Living Matter (Discussion Leader: Gardel)

11:00 - 11:18 Jerelle Joseph Liquid network conectivity regulates the stability and composition of biomolecular condensates with many components
11:18 - 11:36 Jasmine Nirody The bacterial flagellum: mechanics and mechanosensing
11:36 - 11:54 Jinghui Liu Topological braiding and bosonic phases on the cell membrane
11:54 - 12:12 Daniel Seara  Irreversibility and synchronization in biochemical oscillators
12:12 - 12:30 Pooja Suresh Probing the mechanics of the mitotic spindle
12:30 - 1:00

Discussion with all Session 3 speakers

Session 4 - Discussion of Future Directions led by Participants

1:00- 1:20

Phases of Soft Matter
Faculty Discussants: Sid Nagel (UChicago Physics), Heinrich Jaeger (UChicago Physics), Michelle Driscoll (Northwestern Physics)

1:20- 1:40

Assembling Soft Matter
Faculty: Arvind Murugan (UChicago Physics), Allison Squires (UChicago PME), Matt Tirrell (UChicago PME, Dean)

1:40- 2:00

Living Matter
Faculty: Margaret Gardel (UChicago Physics & PME), Mike Rust (UChicago MGCB & Physics), Ed Munro (UChicago MGCB)


Thank you & Conclusion, Margaret Gardel

**Please also see announcement of a similar symposium sponsoreed by Princeton University and the University of Delaware MRSEC: Soft Matter for All on October 23rd.