Imperial College Network of Excellence in Physics of Life
Biological Physics Journal Club (2024)

Our weekly Physics of Life seminars and journal clubs at Imperial College covers a wide range of topics in biological and soft matter physics. It aims to provide a highly interactive platform to facilitate discussion between researchers from different departments. Anyone is welcome and you can subscribe to the mailing list here. Regular attendees of the BPJC are expected to present on a rotational basis at the BPJC.

BPJC organiser: Eloise Lardet (March onwards) / Patrick Jentsch (Jan - Mar)
Time: Fridays 2-3pm [Unless indicated otherwise]
Venue: Sir Ernst Chain Building Rm. 319, South Kensington Campus

Upcoming meetings
Jun 14 Presenter: Robert Endres
Paper: Julian Rode, Maja Novak, Benjamin M. Friedrich (2024)
Information theory of chemotactic agents using both spatial and temporal gradient-sensing
bioRxiv 2023.10.14.562229
Jun 21 Presenter: Sam Whitby
Jun 28 Presenter: Eloise Lardet
Jul 5 Presenter: Chiu Fan Lee
Jul 12 Presenter: Emir Sezik
Jul 19 Presenter: Gunnar Pruessner
Sep 6 Presenter: Ruben Perez-Carrasco
Sep 13 Presenter: Thibault Bertrand
Sep 20 Presenter: Jacob Knight
Sep 27 Presenter: Callum Britton
Oct 4 Presenter: Smitha Maretvadakethope
Oct 11 Presenter: Alastar Phelan
Oct 18 Presenter: Daniel O'Hanlon
Oct 25 Presenter: Sulaimaan Lim
Nov 1 Presenter: Tina Jia
Nov 8 Presenter: Eloise Lardet
Nov 15 Presenter: Chiu Fan Lee
Nov 22 Presenter: Sam Whitby
Nov 29 Presenter: Robert Endres
Dec 6 Presenter: Gunnar Pruessner
Dec 13 Presenter: Emir Sezik

Past meetings
Jan 5 Presenter: Sulaimaan Lim
Paper: Vasudha Srivastava et al. (2023)
Configurational entropy is an intrinsic driver of tissue structural heterogeneity
bioRxiv 2023.07.01.546933
Jan 12 Presenter: Smitha Maretvadakethope
Paper: Anupam Dey and Debashis Barik (2021)
Potential Landscapes, Bifurcations, and Robustness of Tristable Networks
ACS Synth. Biol. 10, 391–401
Jan 19 Physics of Life Network seminar series
Ard Louis (Oxford)
Does evolution have a built-in Occam’s razor?
Jan 26 Presenter: Robert Endres
Pape: Gautam Reddy, Boris I Shraiman, Massimo Vergassola (2022)
Sector search strategies for odor trail tracking
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 119(1): e2107431118
Feb 2 Presenter: Sam Whitby
Paper: Omer Karin and Uri Alon (2021)
Temporal fluctuations in chemotaxis gain implement a simulated-tempering strategy for efficient navigation in complex environments
iScience 24, 102796
Feb 9 Presenter: Eloise Lardet
Paper: Wesley J. M. Ridgway, Mohit P. Dalwadi, Philip Pearce, and S. Jonathan Chapman (2023)
Motility-Induced Phase Separation Mediated by Bacterial Quorum Sensing
Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 228302
Feb 16 Presenter: Gunnar Pruessner
Paper: Chul-Ung Woo, Heiko Rieger, Jae Dong Noh (2022)
Suppression of discontinuous phase transitions by particle diffusion
Phys Rev E 105 054144
Feb 23 Physics of Life Network seminar series
Kirsty Wan (Exeter)
Active motility and navigation strategies at the microscale
Venue: SECB 290
Mar 1 Presenter: Antonio Matas Gil
Paper: Barrio et al. (2021)
Routes to tripod gait movement in hexapods
Neurocomputing 461, 679-695
Mar 8 Presenter: Chiu Fan Lee
Paper: Liangyu Zhang, Weston Stauffer, David Zwicker, Abby F. Dernburg
Crossover patterning through kinase-regulated condensation and coarsening of recombination nodules
bioRxiv 2021.08.26.457865; doi:
Mar 15 Physics of Life Network seminar series
Stefano Bo (KCL)
Single-molecule trajectories in chemically active condensates
Mar 22 Presenter: Patrick Jentsch
Paper: Maxx Miller, John Toner
Phase separation in ordered polar active fluids: A new Universality class
Apr 12 Presenter: Thibault Bertrand
Paper: I. Di Terlizzi et al. (2024)
Variance sum rule for entropy production
Science 383, 971-976
Apr 19 Presenter: Tina Jia
Paper: C Kurzthaler, et al. (2021)
A geometric criterion for the optimal spreading of active polymers in porous media
Nature communications 12 7088
Apr 26 Presenter: Ruben Perez-Carrasco
Papers: i) Isocost Lines Describe the Cellular Economy of Genetic Circuits. Gyorgy et al., Biophysical Journal 2015
ii) A Model for the Spatiotemporal Design of Gene Regulatory Circuits. Stoof et al., ACS Synthetic Biology 2019
iii) Reprogramming genetic circuits using space. Alejaldre et al., BioRxiv 2024
May 3 Presenter: Callum Britton
Paper: Y. Zhang, and É. Fodor (2023)
Pulsating active matter
Phys. Rev. Lett. 131, 238302
May 10 Presenter: Daniel O'Hanlon
Paper: V. Bergen et al. (2020)
Generalizing RNA velocity to transient cell states through dynamical modeling
Nat Biotechnol 38, 1408–1414
May 17 Presenter: Alastar Phelan
Paper: Metz-Zumaran et al. (2024)
The population context is a driver of the heterogeneous response of epithelial cells to interferons
Molecular Systems Biology 20, 242 - 275
May 24 Physics of Life Network seminar series
Katelyn Spillane (Imperial)
The mechanics of B cell activation in the immune synapse
Venue: RSM 303
May 31 Presenter: Sulaimaan Lim
Paper: Brauns Fridtjof, Claussen Nikolas H., Wieschaus Eric F., Shraiman Boris I. (2024)
The Geometric Basis of Epithelial Convergent Extension
eLife 13:RP95521
Jun 7 Presenter: Smitha Maretvadakethope
Paper: Walton, T., Gui, M., Velkova, S. et al. (2023)
Axonemal structures reveal mechanoregulatory and disease mechanisms
Nature 618, 625–633

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