Workshops and Networking

March 2024: Career and skills development for grad students and postdocs

Tuesday March 19, 12 pm Eastern

Career and skills development for grad students and postdocs

It is normal during graduate school and a postdoc to be focused on the immediate tasks at hand, especially on advancing your current research. But with a broader and forward-looking perspective in mind, what experiences and skills should you be cultivating as part of your graduate and/or postdoctoral life, to set you up to secure that next position and be successful in it? Join APS DBIO for a discussion and Q&A with panelists across academia and industry and from a variety of backgrounds spanning physics to biology. We will discuss our thoughts on career and skills development while a trainee, and engage with your questions. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Prachee Avasthi - Co-Founder and CSO, Arcadia Science; Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
Cynthia Fuhrmann - Associate Professor of RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMass Chan Medical School; Principal Investigator, Professional Development Hub
Sarah Schlobohm - Head of AI, The Citation Group

Moderator:  David Sivak,; Associate Professor of Physics, Simon Fraser University

January 2024: Postdoc Networking: Bridging Boundaries and Interdisciplinary Challenges in Biophysics

Monday January 22, 2024 2:30 pm Eastern

Postdoc Networking: Bridging Boundaries and Interdisciplinary Challenges in Biophysics

Navigating the multidisciplinary field of biophysics involves collaborative research with scientists from diverse disciplines, presenting a significant challenge for biophysics postdoctoral researchers trained in different academic departments. In this workshop, panelists will address these challenges and share firsthand experiences on navigating their careers and capitalizing on the inherent interdisciplinary nature of biological physics.

Moderator: Mohammad Nooranidoost,

Panelists: Eric Jones (Simon Fraser University), Babak Vajdi Hokmabad (Princeton University), Vincent Noireaux (University of Minnesota), Veronika Magdanz (University of Waterloo)

December 2023: Nurturing Future Biophysicists Through Outreach

Tuesday December 12, 2023, 4:00 pm Eastern

From Classrooms to Community: Nurturing Future Biophysicists Through Outreach

When high school or undergraduate students or the public discuss Physics, it's rare for biological physics to be a part of those conversations. This could result in a lack of future biophysics researchers, enthusiasts, or public speakers. However, this situation can be addressed by providing more exposure to this exciting field. By incorporating outreach and courses at these educational levels, we can introduce students and the public to the captivating world of biological physics. Our panel will share their experiences initiating biophysics outreach and teaching programs at their respective institutions. We will discuss the challenges they encountered and how these initiatives helped expose students and the public to our fascinating field. Join us as we explore how you can establish and contribute to similar programs at your institution, offering insights into various outreach and teaching directions and more.

Moderator: Sarthak Gupta,

Lorna Dougan (University of Leeds), Lisa Lapidus (Michigan State University), Greg Morrison (University of Houston), Rae Robertson-Anderson (University of San Diego)

November 2023: Non-academic careers for biological physicists

Monday November 6, 2023, 2:30 pm Eastern

Non-academic careers for biological physicists

Are you curious about how to use your training in biological physics in fields outside academic research?  Do you want to learn about how to find a path from academia to a job in industry?  Join us at this panel, and hear from Biological Physics graduates who have forged their own paths following their PhDs.  Bring your questions and share in the opportunity to learn about diverse career trajectories.

Moderator: Nancy Forde,

Teddy Hay - CEO & co-founder, Emano Metrics
Bryan Jackson - Senior Program Manager, D.E. Shaw Research
Cassandra Niman - Systems Engineer, Element Biosciences
Naghmeh Rezaei - Senior Research Scientist, Google

October 2023: Preparing for and navigating the academic job market: From grad students to faculty

Monday October 2, 2023, 1:00 pm Eastern

Preparing for and navigating the academic job market: From grad students to faculty

If you are a postdoc or grad student considering an academic career, this panel is for you. Come join an expert set of panelists from all career stages at different institutions who will break down the academic hiring process for you. We will discuss actions you can take to be best prepared for the job market with a focus on biological physics positions - broadly defined. Topics will involve crafting your applications including CV, research, teaching and diversity statements; networking; engaging in outreach and professional development; letters; the interview process - talks, Q&A with hiring committees and much more.

Moderator: Ajay Gopinathan,

Panelists: Hernan Garcia, Andrea Liu, Rae Robertson-Anderson, Jennifer Ross, Suraj Shankar

September 2023: Interdisciplinary early career faculty life: charms and challenges

Monday September 18 2023, 12:00 pm Eastern

Interdisciplinary early career faculty life: charms and challenges

Early career faculty working on interdisciplinary topics in biological physics experience unique set of challenges. These include securing resources and funding for their research, providing mentorship and training to students with different scientific backgrounds, and working in departments which may be distinct from their own academic background. In this workshop we discuss charms and challenges of being an early career interdisciplinary faculty with biological physicists from different levels of seniority and different departments. After some brief comments from panelists, we will hold a discussion about what support we might like to see and how we might go about providing it. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Moderator: Armita Nourmohammad


Andrea Liu (University of Pennsylvania; Professor of Physics)

Orit Peleg (UC Boulder; Associate Professor of Computer Science)

Evelyn Tang (Rice University; Assistant Professor of Physics)

Thierry Emonet (Yale University; Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology & Physics)

August 2023: How to get involved with APS and DBIO 

Wednesday 30 August 2023, 4:00 pm Eastern

How to get involved with APS and DBIO

The DBIO Executive Committee is a great way to serve the broader biological physics community. We run the DBIO program at March Meeting, oversee the selection of relevant APS awards & honors, and organize numerous community engagement efforts. We need individuals dedicated to strengthening the biological physics community to step up to keep our community strong.

Join us at this panel discussion to learn more about how to get involved in your DBIO community, whether through formal nomination to an executive position or in a smaller capacity! 

Executive positions that are open for nomination (nomination deadline September 1, 2023 or until candidates are identified) are: 

  • Vice Chair, 4 years - through Chair Line

  • 2x Members-at-Large, 3 years

  • Early Career Member, 2 years

Elected candidates will begin their terms at the conclusion of the 2024 March Meeting.

This event will present the organization chart of the DBIO Executive Committee and explain the duty and time commitment of these positions. We’ll also discuss other ways to contribute to the work of DBIO, and welcome the opportunity to hear from members at all levels about what we can do differently!

Moderator: Dr. Margaret S. Cheung, Chair of the DBIO Nominating Committee, Past Chair of DBIO.

July 2023: Building a Network of PUI Faculty

Tuesday July 18, 2023, 4:00 pm Eastern

Building a Network of PUI Faculty

Faculty working at primarily undergraduate institutions have work experiences different from faculty at large research institutions. In this workshop, biological physics faculty from PUIs will discuss how we might build a cohesive national network to provide each other support. After some brief comments from panelists, we will hold a discussion about what support we might like to see a network provide and how we might go about building it. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Moderator: Orrin Shindell

Panellists: Patricia Soto Becerra (Creighton University),Bruce Rodenborn (Centre College), Catherine Crouch (Swarthmore College)

June 2023: Teaching Biophysics – Retaining student excitement

Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 pm ET

Teaching Biophysics – Retaining student excitement

Join us in a discussion of how to improve our teaching of biological physics to retain the excitement that students have for science.

Organizer: Sarah Marzen 

Moderator: Nancy Forde

Panelists: Josh Shaevitz, Jané Kondev, Raghu Parthasarathy

May 2023: PRX Life – what’s it all about and why you should care

Wednesday, May 31, 12:30 pm ET

PRX Life – what’s it all about and why you should care

Join us for an online information session about PRX Life, APS's new interdisciplinary journal exclusively for quantitative biological and neuroscience research - the first of its kind and open access.

The editors Margaret Gardel and Serena Bradde will discuss what makes the journal special, including its scope, selection criteria, and unique review process, as well as share tips for getting published in PRX Life. And don't forget to bring your burning questions about the editorial process, as there will be ample opportunity for Q&A.

February 2023: Networking for Introverts and the March Meeting

Thursday, February 9, 11 am ET

Networking for introverts: A Pre-March Meeting Warm-Up

We often hear that networking is an important part of building a career, but building a network can be challenging for many people. Join us for a discussion, where panelists will share tips and tricks that they have used to overcome personal barriers to networking. This will be followed by a breakout session, where you can meet other networking novices, exchange ideas, and practice talking to strangers to warm-up for the March Meeting.

Moderator: Suliana Manley
Panelists: Moumita Das, Mike Murrell, Alison Patteson, Sahand Rahi, Arpita Upadhyaya

January 2023: Mental Health in Physics

Thursday, January 26, 12 pm ET

Mental health in Physics

For a long time now, we have been seeing high rates of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, among graduate students in many fields, including physics. In the wake of the pandemic, many of us are still feeling tired, burned out, or traumatized.  What solutions can we find for these problems?  How can we turn a culture of stigma into one of support?  Are there unique issues to biological physics, or conversely are there ways in which we can ally with other disciplines to improve the situation? In this panel discussion, we will try to grapple with ways to improve the culture of mental health and discuss coping mechanisms that various members of the community have found, looking at mental health on an individual and a cultural level.

Moderator: Ré Mansbach
Panelists: Andrea Welsh, Michael Murrell, Deniz Meneksedag-Erol

December 2022: Postdoc Training

Monday, December 19, 12 pm ET

Making the most of your postdoc training

How does one get the most value out of their time as a postdoc in biophysics? What qualifies as "success" when you are a postdoc?

These questions and more will be answered in this workshop sponsored by APS DBIO. A panel of academicians at various career stages will provide their insights into the purpose of postdoctoral training and how it can be used to prepare biophysicists for their future careers.  In addition, they will talk about their personal experiences as successful, former postdocs and provide the audience with advice about how to effectively interact with other biophysicists and interdisciplinary collaborators.

Moderator: Mohammad Nooranidoost
Panelists: Debra Fadool, Eyal Karzbrun, Christopher Smith

November 2022: The Future of Biological Physics

Tuesday November 15, 12 pm ET

The Future of Biological Physics

The Decadal Survey for Biological Physics suggested that there were four key scientific questions the next decade would tackle: what physics problems do organisms need to solve?  How do living systems represent and process information?  How do macroscopic functions of life emerge from interactions of many microscopic constituents?  And, how do living systems navigate parameter space?

Are there any big questions they missed?  And, maybe more importantly, what can we do now to train ourselves and our students for the next decade of such questions and their many instantiations?

The discussion will be stimulated by these scientific questions and education, funding, and inequality recommendations contained in the report.

Moderator: Sarah Marzen (Claremont Colleges)
Panellists: Hernan Garcia (University of California, Berkeley), Jasmine Nirody (The Rockefeller University, University of Oxford), Peter Foster (University of Southern California)

November 2022: Strategies for Incorporating Biological Physics...

Thursday November 3 2022, 1 pm ET

Strategies for incorporating Biological Physics into undergraduate programs

In this panel followed by small group discussions, we’ll consider three different ways that biological physics can be incorporated into the undergraduate physics curriculum for physics majors: examples used in standard courses, strategic course adaptations, and biological physics or other interdisciplinary majors. If your department or program is interested in finding ways to modify your curriculum to incorporate more biological physics, please join us! The final 20 minutes will be devoted to breakout room discussions with the panelists, with each room focused on one of the three approaches, so we hope that you will share your own ideas and experiences as well as hearing about the panelists’ successes and lessons learned.

Moderator: Catherine Crouch

Panelists: Ashley Carter, Jané Kondev, Wolfgang Losert, Patricia Soto Becerra

September 2022: Communicating Biological Physics

Wednesday September 28, 2022, 2 pm ET

Communicating Biological Physics - advice from the experts

It can be difficult to communicate our science to others and the public, even when we think our research findings represent a breakthrough and may also be super cool! Join APS DBIO for a discussion and Q+A with three experts at scientific communication, to learn how to hook your audience and convey the excitement and importance you feel about your work. What are the keys in successfully pitching your work to an editor or to a journalist? How can illustrations and animations help to capture the essence of a system while getting the science “right”? How can you convey the important Physics that you’re learning, while connecting to the biological insight that results? Join us to learn how to convey the importance and excitement about research breakthroughs in Biological Physics.

Moderator: Nancy Forde (Simon Fraser University)

Panelists: Philip Ball (Science Writer), Janet Iwasa (Biochemist and Scientific Animator), Raghuveer Parthasarathy (Biophysicist, Blogger and Author).

August 2022: Teaching Biological Physics

Wednesday August 24, 2022 9 am PT / 12 pm ET

Where does it fit? Insights, innovations, and perspectives on biophysics education

Biological physics is a distinct and vibrant field, but how does it fit within our current educational practices? Should it be integrated into physics curricula or developed as its own program? What student community should it serve? Is there a ‘canon’ of established topics? Whether you are taking classes, teaching classes, or building new programs, this workshop offers the chance to discuss the past, present, and future of biophysics education with a panel of instructional innovators and leaders.

Moderator: Andrew Mugler

Panelists: William Bialek, Lisa Lapidus, Philip Nelson

August 2022: Decadal Survey Report

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:00 pm ET (US and Canada)

Physics of Life:  Q & A about the Decadal Survey

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has recently completed the first survey of Biological Physics, or the Physics of Living Systems, as part of the Decadal Survey of Physics more broadly.  The report surveys the field; its relation to other fields of science, technology and medicine; and addresses the challenges in education, funding, and community building that we face as we move forward.  This culminates in a series of general and specific recommendations.  

This event is an opportunity for the DBIO community to talk with members of the survey committee, especially to discuss how recommendations can be implemented.  Community input was central to the writing of the report, and community action is essential for the report to have impact.  We hope that you will join us.

The report itself can be found online; a convenient starting point is  The webinar that marked the release of the report can be found at

Panelists: William Bialek, Princeton University (committee chair); Olga Dudko, University of California San Diego; Peter B. Littlewood, The University of Chicago

July 2022: Applying for Faculty Positions

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9 am PT / 12 pm ET

From Both Sides of the Table: How to Apply for a Faculty Job in the Field of Biological Physics

After productive postdoctoral studies, now you want to look for a faculty position. You may have a number of questions about the process. Where to find the position announcement? Private or public universities? Primarily research or undergraduate institutes? Traditional physics departments or other departments? What to emphasize in the statements? How to interact with the recruitment committee? And many others...

In this workshop sponsored by APS DBIO, a group of panelists at various career stages will provide to-do and not-to-do advice on job applications from perspectives of both recruiters and applicants.

Moderator: Jianhua Xing

Panelists: Sarah Marzen, Jennifer Ross, Andrew Spakowitz, Jing Yan

June 2022: Life at a PUI

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — 5:00pm PT/7:00pm CT

Life at a PUI: Networking with Biophysics Faculty from Undergraduate Institutions

Have you wondered how to write a successful grant while working at an undergraduate institution, or how to set up a lab on a budget, or how to balance teaching and productive research? In this session, experienced biophysics faculty working at undergraduate institutions will speak to these questions and then host conversations among participants. The goal is to meet and learn from one another to support biophysicists working primarily with undergraduates. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Moderator: Orrin Shindell (Trinity University)

Panelists: Benjamin Stottrup (Augsburg University), Janet Sheung (Claremont McKenna), Rae Robertson-Anderson (University of San Diego)

May 2022: March Meeting Program Insights

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — 12:00 PM ET

"Under the Hood: Learn About the Process of Proposing and Leading DBIO Scientific Sessions at March Meeting"

Interested in learning more about how the DBIO scientific program at March Meeting is built? Would you like to get more involved, but don't know how it works? During this panel discussion, several DBIO members will discuss their experiences in running Focus and Invited Sessions at previous March Meetings.

Moderator: Margaret Gardel (UChicago)

Panelists: Ajay Gopinathan (UC Merced), Daniel Weissman (Emory), Josh Shaevitz (Princeton), Sima Setayeshgar (Indiana University)

Attendees of any APS in-person or virtual events are expected to meet standards of professional conduct as described in the APS Code of Conduct. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from future participation.