The cytoskeleton and the cell membrane in the immune system

Institute of Physics, London, Monday 25th July 2016


Monday 25th July 2016

Franklin Theatre, Institute of Physics, 80 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT

The workshop will focus on the biophysics of the cytoskeleton and cell membrane in health and disease, with a particular focus on combining modelling and experimental approaches. Proposed topics include:

  • Membrane shape during phagocytosis
  • The role of actin in endocytosis
  • Shape dependence of engulfment
  • Nanoparticle drug design
  • The role of the cytoskeleton in phagocytosis


10:00 Coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:40 Martin Howard, JIC, Norwich: "A mechanical bottleneck in FcγR phagocytosis"

11:10 Christian Soeller, Exeter: "Imaging of small membrane bound compartments with optical super-resolution and electron microscopy"

11:40 Steve Royle, Warwick: "The role of actin in clathrin-mediated endocytosis in human cells"

12:10 Simon Johnston, Sheffield: "Actin and membrane dynamics in macrophages before and after phagocytosis"

12:40 Lunch

13:40 Andrew Thorley, Imperial: "Modelling uptake and translocation of nanoparticles in the human lung"

14:10 Rhoda Hawkins, Sheffield: "The role of biopolymers in ingesting bugs"

14:40 David Richards, Exeter: "Engulfment rate and shape dependence in phagocytosis"

15:10 Coffee break

15:40 Discussion

16:30 Close

Travel to the IOP

By train

Nearby train stations:

  • Kings Cross St Pancras - 1.2 miles away
  • Euston - 1 mile away

By tube

Nearby tube stations:

  • Regents Park, Bakerloo line - 0.2 miles away
  • Great Portland Street, Circle, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan lines - 0.2 miles away
  • Oxford Circus, Bakerloo and Victoria lines - 0.5 miles away
  • Warren Street, Northern and Victoria lines - 0.5 miles away


Places are limited. To express interest in attending, please fill out the following registration form.

Registration now closed


We are grateful to our sponsors, without whom this workshop would not be possible.