FY2013 Annual Report


Biological Physics Theory Unit

Assistant Professor (Adjunct) Greg Stephens

1. Members

  • Prof. Greg J. Stephens
  • Ray Xin Lee, Ph.D. Student
  • Tosif Ahamed, Ph.D. Student
  • Momoko Zamami, Research Administrator

2. Collaborations

  • Biophysics of Behavior
    • Type of collaboration: Joint research
    • Researchers:
      • William S Ryu, Assoiciate Professor, Univeristy of Toronto
      • Tom Shimizu, Group leader in Systems Biology, AMOLF, Amsterdam 
  • Cogntive Neuroscience
    • Type of collaboration: Joint research
    • Researchers:
      • Uri Hasson, Assoiciate Professor, Princeton University

3.  Publications

Stephens, G. J., Honey, C. J., Hasson, U. A Place for Time: The Spatiotemporal Structure of Neural dynamics During Natural Audition. Journal of Neurophysiology, 110(9), 2019-2026.

Helms, S., Avery, L., Stephens, Greg J., Shimizu, T., A Quantitative Model of Motility Reveals Low-Dimensional Variation in Exploratory Behavior Across Multiple Nematode Species. Bulletin of the American Physical Society.

4. Oral and Poster Presentations

Invited talks:

Jun  2013       

19th International C. elegans Meeting, UCLA, California USA

Sep  2013       

Towards a biophysics of organisms: Stochastic dynamics in the reversal motions of C. elegans, Research Center for Complex Systems Biology, University of Tokyo

Nov  2013     

Centre for Behaviour and Neurosciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Mar  2014     

COSYNE Workshop - From the Actome to the Ethome: System, Neuroscience of Behavioral Ecology, APS Foculs Session; Physics of Behavior, Denver, Colorado, USA

Mar 2014      

Behavioral Neurogenetics of larval /Drosophila/:Molecules, Circuits, Computation & Robotics, Atami Japan

Mar 2014        

Interaction and Collective Movement Processing, Schloss Dagstulh, Germany

Poster presentation:
Nov 2013
Society for Neuroscience 2013, San Diego, California USA

5. Meetings and Events

Research Visits

Visiting Scholars:

May 2013       Prof. Herbert Levine, Department of Bioengineering, Centre for Theoretical Biological Physics, Rice University

Sep 2013        Dr. Pierre-Etienne Meunier, Visiting Post-doc Researcher, Caltech

Oct 2013        Jonas Chatel-Goldman, GIPSA-lab, Grenoble University, France

Dec 2013        Dr. Amir Erez, Department of Physics, Ben Gurion University


Apr  2013     

Joint Seminar, Institutes of Medical Psychology and Clinical Radiology at the Institute for Medical Psychology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germanay (Organiser)

May 2013      

OIST Integrative Biology, Okinawa, Japan (Lecturer/Co-organiser)

Jun   2013     

OIST Computational Neuroscience Course, Okinawa, Japan (Lecturer)

Mar  2014     

APS Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA (Organiser)


Seminar hosted:

May 2013       Collective Behaviour in Microorganism Colonies by Prof. Herbert Levine

Sep 2013         Algorithms everywhere! by Dr. Pierre-Etienne Meunier

Oct 2013         Brains and Bodies on the Same Wavelength: the Neuroscience of Social Interaction by Jonas Chatel-Goldman

Dec 2013        The superconductor to insulator transition in thin films by Dr. Amir Erez