Institute for the Physics of Living Systems


UCL Institute for the Physics of Living Systems Annual Symposium 2021

25 May 2021, 8:50 am–5:00 pm

IPLS Symposium Poster

The Institute for the Physics of Living Systems (IPLS) Annual Symposium will showcase the exciting interdisciplinary research performed by IPLS researchers and our collaborators. Our Inaugural Symposium will take place on 25 May 2021 as a one-day online event.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Jas Gill-Thind

Our goal in organising this symposium is to showcase the depth and breadth of research at the interface between physics, mathematics, computer science, and biology in UCL. We aim to spur new collaborations within UCL and across London by presenting new interdisciplinary approaches to tackle complex biological questions. 

Registration for this event is free but it is mandatory.
Please register by 23rd May to receive the link to join the Symposium.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ucl-institute-for-the-physics-of-living-sys...


08.50-09.00  Welcome and Introduction
Ivan Parkin

Session I - Imaging and AI

Chair: Maxim Molodtsov (Francis Crick Institute)

09.00-09.30  Learning the rules of a cellular game
Alan Lowe (UCL)

09.30-10.00  Towards quantitative, ultra-resolved, 3D super-resolution fluorescence imaging
Sabrina Simoncelli (UCL)

10.00-10.30  Break and Discussion

Session II - Modelling, Motility and Cancer

Chair: Karen Page (UCL)

10.30-11.00  Aggregation without attraction: Modelling how an elastic environment influences collective cell dynamics
Angelika Manhart (UCL)

11.00-11.30  Modelling and quantification of tumour evolution
Chris Barnes (UCL)

11.30-12.00  Break and Discussion

Session III - Mechanics and Development

Chair: Emad Moeendarbary (UCL)

12.00-12.30  Coping with mechanical stress - Tissue dynamics during development and repair
Yanlan Mao (UCL)

12.30-13.00  Mechanotransduction and morphogenetic processes in the cardiovascular system
Julien Vermot (Imperial College London)

13.00-14.00  Lunch and Discussion

Session IV - Keynote Speakers

Chair: Guillaume Charras (UCL)

14.00-15.00  Xenobots: computer-designed synthetic organisms reveal the plasticity of morphogenesis 
Michael Levin (Tufts University) and Josh Bongard (University of Vermont)

15.00-15.30  Break and Discussion

Session V - Compartments and Boundaries

Chair: Nate Goehring (Francis Crick Institute)

15.30-16.00  Cell reshaping, cutting, and splitting
Andela Saric (UCL)

16.00-16.30  Asthma: putting the squeeze on airway epithelia
Jody Rosenblatt (King's College London)

16.30-17.00  Closing and Discussion

17.00 Drinks Reception in Gordon Square Gardens (https://goo.gl/maps/QrPWnih6mPSPNBDu5)

Pdf of programme available here