Report on the Attendance to the Biophysical
Societie’s 49th Annual Meeting in Long Beach and visit to the University
Carolina at Chapel
Places visited: (1) Biophysical Societie’s 49th Annual Meeting,
Long Beach, CA, USA
(2) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
I attended the Biophysical Societie’s 49th Annual Meeting in Long Beach,
California, from Feb 12 to 16 and presented our work in a poster and
after the conference I visited Profs. Ken Jacobson’s and Nancy Thompson’s
laboratories at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The
travel was quite productive and fruitful, and I enjoyed hearing about
new and wonderful work of other laboratories from all over the world
and receiving much feedback on my research.
At the conference I encountered many interesting and bright people
and learned much about their work. In particular, a lecture by Prof.
W. Wiseman (this year’s Gregorio Waber Award laureate) from McGill
Univ. and poster presentations from his laboratory on the recent advance
spatio-temporal correlation analysis in the image correlation was impressive
and I found it potentially applicable and useful for my own work. Also,
the speeches by Dr. Peng Chen from Harvard Univ. about in vivo single-molecule
motion analysis using quantum dots and by Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang from
Harvard Univ. about studies of a viral infection process using a fluorescent
dye were interesting to me, as well as many others. In the poster sessions,
I encountered many interesting and nice works and enjoyed discussions
with many young and talented presenters. Overall, I looked mainly at
new techniques in the spectroscopy and microscopy, especially in single-molecule
research. My impression from this conference is that the single-molecule
research field is expanding rapidly and widely to many subjects and
all over the world and that it is notable that many laboratories are
attending the problems of the blinking of fluorescent dyes, which can
often affect the results in the research of this kind.
On the third day we presented our work in a poster. I found that many
of those who visited our poster were particularly interested in the
spatial heterogeneity of dissociation kinetics of G protein in the
cell and in
the mechanism that causes difference in its kinetics. I received much
feedback on our work which was beneficial.
After the conference I flew to North Carolina, where I visited Profs.
Ken Jacobson’s and Nancy Thompson’s laboratories at the University of
North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Prof. Jacobson at the Department
of Cell & Developmental Biology is a leading researcher in the field
of single particle tracking method to analyze the surface of living cells
and Prof. Thompson at the Department of Chemistry is also a leading researcher
in the biological fluorescence correlation spectroscopy field. That I
could directly see such laboratories and interact with people there was
very exciting and stimulating. I presented my work in the joint lab meeting
before the members of both laboratories and after that I visited the
two laboratories and the UNC Medical School’s Microscope Facility. I
also enjoyed having lunches and dinners with the members of the two laboratories.
Having many critical comments and to-the-point questions on my work was
quite profitable for me and hearing that they enjoyed my seminar was
the most satisfying as I myself enjoyed the presentation as well.
Finally I thank Profs. Thompson and Jacobson for kindly accepting my
visit, and the Osaka University 21st Century COE Program for providing
me this great opportunity.