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Symposium to Examine Emerging Field of Physical Genomics

The Symposium on Physical Genomics will celebrate the launch of Northwestern’s new Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering

Through a combination of breakthrough optical imaging and computational genomics, the Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering (CPGE) focuses on reprogramming the genome's chromatin, which regulates gene expression, in order to treat disease and engineer living systems to overcome environmental challenges.

Through the convergence of physics, data science, genomics, and translational medicine, the emerging field of physical genomics holds the potential to change the future of biotechnology and medicine — from treating disease to engineering living systems that overcome environmental challenges.

The upcoming Symposium on Physical Genomics will bring together students and researchers for a series of talks from renowned academic, industry, and government experts on a variety of transdisciplinary topics across this groundbreaking new field of research.

The event will be held on Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Featured speakers include:

  • Josée Dostie, professor, biochemistry, McGill University
  • Felice Elefant, professor, biology, Drexel University
  • Tom Misteli, director, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
  • Linda Petzold, computer science and mechanical engineering, UC Santa Barbara
  • Vivek Shenoy, professor, materials science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • GV Shivashankar, deputy director, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Owen Wallace, chief scientific officer, Fulcrum Therapeutics
  • Wei Wang, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; cellular and molecular medicine, UC San Diego

Led by Northwestern Engineering’s Vadim Backman, the Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering seeks to create new strategies for the treatment of disease and the reversible manipulation of physical systems through the field of physical genomics. Using an evidence-based approach, the Center will train next-generation leaders engaged in research that bridges molecular biology, bioengineering, physics, and chemistry.

Register for the symposium.