Physical Cell

Welcome to ASCB’s inaugural Emerging Researcher Talk Series. Speakers were selected from a review of high-ranking abstracts that were submitted but were not chosen for talks for the Cell Bio 2021 meeting. This is a virtual seminar series that will be broadcast live from February through November 2022.


Hongkang Zhu
Columbia University; Computational Biophysics

Hongkang is a Ph.D. candidate focused on Computational Biophysics at Columbia University (advisor: Prof. Ben O’Shaughnessy). He uses mathematical modeling and quantitative methods to understand the physical mechanisms of tissue morphogenesis during early embryo development. He received his B.S. in Chemical Biology from Tsinghua University in China.



Mike Piacentino
California Institute of Technology; Division of Biology and Biological Engineering

Dr. Mike Piacentino received his PhD from the laboratory of Dr. Cynthia Bradham at Boston University, after which he began his postdoctoral research with Dr. Marianne Bronner at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Piacentino is fascinated by plasma membrane organized and function during cell migration. To investigate these questions, his research intersects classical mechanisms of cell invasion with changes in lipid metabolism and membrane biophysics during avian neural crest migration.


Starts: June 16, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Ends: June 16, 2022 1:00 pm EDT