2nd Mechanobiology meeting: when Physics meets Biology

July 7-13, 2019

Quy Nhon, Vietnam


This conference will provide a unique opportunity to advance knowledge and understanding in the area of force-sensing in biology. Topics to cover include the fundamentals, recent advances and emerging issues related to mechanobiology. This field intrinsically implies interdisciplinary approaches combining biology with physics, optics and computer modeling. Moreover, mechanobiology is being increasingly appreciated as being of primary importance in a plethora of biological processes, including development and cancer.

How living cells are able to sense their environment and adequately respond in terms of shape, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and survival remains one of the most fascinating issues in cell biology. This is particularly obvious in the context of embryonic development, where the complex architectural multi-scale organization of tissues is elaborated. Conversely, tumor evolution and metastasis is associated to dysfunctions of cell adhesion that frequently lead to the loss of tissue homeostasis. Thus, numerous and various biological processes (e.g. morphogenesis, tissue repair, and cancer invasion) are governed by the response of mechanical signals and their conversion into biochemical ones. Several general features emerge from these descriptions that seem to be of a very universal nature. During this conference, we propose to cover a large spectrum of these aspects. In particular, the conference will provide an overview of the mechanosensitive signalling pathways at the level of single cell and tissues, with a detailed description of the original experimental methods commonly used in this field, as well as including presentation of the necessary theoretical approaches in order to understand and model force generation and propagation in active biological matter.

Participants and Venue:

The conference will take place at the conference center in Quy Nhon (Vietnam). This location, centred in Asia, was chosen to reach young participants from this part of the world where education and research in Biology is increasing exponentially. The choice of the speakers was not only dictated by their status a world-leaders in their respective areas, but also by their recognized ability to give structured lectures for broad audience.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Abdul Barakat (France), Nicolas Biais (US), Benoit Ladoux (France), Boris Martinac (Australia), Guangshuo Ou (China), Nicolas Plachta (Singapore), Beth Pruitt (US), Giorgio Scita (Italy), Virgile Viasnoff (Singapore), Danijela Vignjevic (France), Raphael Voituriez (France), Alpha Yap (Australia)


Ada Cavalcanti (University of Heidelberg, Germany), Delphine Delacour (Institut Jacques Monod, University Paris Diderot, France), Sylvie Hénon (Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, Université Paris Diderot, France), Pakorn Tony Kanchanawong (Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore), René-Marc Mège (Institut Jacques Monod, University Paris Diderot, France), Guy Tran Van Nhieu (Collège de France, France).