Conference Archive


ACT2015ACT2015: The 14th Asian Conference on Transcription

The 14th Asian Conference on Transcription was held at the National University of Singapore on Dec 3-4, 2015. This conference brought together scientists from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription.

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3 & 4 December 2015
NUS, Singapore

2015BIOSBIOS2015: Biological symposium by the MBI WIS Initiative

Brought to you by the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) Women in Science (WIS) Initiative, BIOS2015 promotes biological sciences by bringing together scientists from diverse life sciences research in Singapore. The symposium will showcase work from top research institutes including NUS, D3, IMB, NNS, NTU, NNI, DUKE NUS and TLL, spanning research in basic sciences, translational sciences and drug discovery.

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16 October, 2015
NUS, Singapore

MBI_Bootcamp2015_d4_2015 MBI Bootcamp on Mechanobiology: An Integrative Approach to Understand Cell Functions

This 2-week “bootcamp” style course will introduce researchers from biology or physical science backgrounds to key fundamental concepts and practical approaches in understanding cellular functions. The focus is to develop a breadth of knowledge that allows bio-science researchers to pursue further depth in their respective research work.  Learn more →

July 27  –  6 August, 2015
NUS, Singapore

Download the 2014 MBI-Japan Joint Symposium poster (A4).

MBI-Japan Symposium on the Mechanobiology of Development and Multicellular Dynamics

The 2014 MBI-Japan Joint Symposium on The Mechanobiology of Development and Multicellular Dynamics brought together experts from different fields to pursue an integral and mechanical view of development.

The symposium featured 27 invited talks and 12 short talks selected from the abstracts, given by scientists from Japan, Singapore and 4 additional countries. In addition, over 20 posters were presented mainly by young scientists.  Learn more →

December 2-4, 2014
NUS, Singapore


MBI Bootcamp on the Mechanobiology

The MBI Bootcamp on Mechanobiology was specially designed for students and researchers of MBI wishing to obtain a better grasp of key theoretical and practical aspects of molecular and cell biology, physical and mathematical biology and computational modeling.

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27 October – 10 November, 2014
MBI, NUS, Singapore


The IFOM-MBI Conference on Mechanobiology & Cancer

In May 2014, a new partnership was formed between the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), Singapore, and the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM), Italy, to establish a ‘Joint Research Laboratory’, to be headed by Prof GV Shivashankar, deputy-director of the MBI (Learn more). IFOM-MBI’s first conference was held on July, 2014.

July 15-16, 2014
Milan, Italy

In multi-cellular organisms, cells must sense and respond to multiple cues for proper functioning within tissues. Although most experimental research has focused on the regulation of cellular processes by external chemical signals, there is increasing recognition that mechanical forces also impact on a wide variety of critical physiological and pathological cellular processes and functions. Learn more →


The Manchester-MBI Joint Symposium

Joint effort involving scientists from Manchester University, primarily from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) to discuss exciting developments and potentially develop collaborations with the long-term goal of developing a joint PhD program.  

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18-19 November, 2013


7ConfPosterFinalThumbDynamic Architecture of Cells and Tissues

Joint MBI/Weizmann Mechanobiology Conference coinciding with the seventh Mechanobiology Conference organized by the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel, and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI)

21 – 24 October, 2013


The importance of mechanobiology is currently broadly appreciated by the scientific community, yet the mechanisms whereby external physical cues transform into molecular signals that drive physiological or pathological responses are still largely unclear. In 2013’s conference, researchers from the MBI in Singapore and the WIS in Israel will join forces with colleagues from other countries in addressing key mechanobiological processes. Learn more  →


The Mechanobiology of Chromatin and Transcription

Sixth annual Mechanobiology Conference organized by the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI)

12 – 14 November, 2012

7 – 10 November, 2012

Mechanical forces have profound effects on the organition of chromatin, the major constituent of the nucleus. How these forces, structurally and functionally influence the nucleus and its chromatin has been a subject of intense study. 

mbconf_5thThe Mechanobiology of Multicellular Systems

Fifth annual Mechanobiology Conference organized by the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI)

9 – 11 November, 2011

12 – 15 November, 2011

Themes of the conference include cell-cell junction organization, dynamics and force sensing, mechanisms of cell response to force and substrate rigidity, cytoskeleton and signaling, force-signaling in embryo development, matrix, integrins and focal adhesions cell collective behavior and host-microbe interactions and bacterial collectives.

mbconf_3rd3rd Mechanobiology Conference

Third annual Mechanobiology Conference jointly organized by the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI), the Life Sciences Institute, the Division of Bioengineering and the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

3 – 5 November 2009

Themes include cell migration and actin cytoskeleton, cell adhesion to extracellular matrix and other cells, microtubules and molecular motors, chromotin, nucleus and cell division, signalling in cell mechanosensing, pllarization and migration, and the mechanics of embryo development.

mbconf_2nd2nd Mechanobiology Conference

Second annual Mechanobiology Conference jointly organized by the NUS Mechanobiology Research Group in collaboration with the Life Sciences Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Division of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore

3 – 5 November 2008

Themes include molecular mechanics, bioimaging, model, cellular mechanics, tissue mechanics, and bioengineering/tissue engineering.

mbconf_1st1st Mechanobiology Workshop

First annual Mechanobiology Conference jointly organized by the Office of Life Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Division of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore

16 – 18 October 2007

Themes include the operations manual for cell mechanics and platform technologies, cellular biomechanics, cellular and molecular biomechanics, and microbial biomechanics.



mbconf_coOrgMechManipuResponsesCellsMechanical Manipulations and Responses on the Scale of Cells and Beyond

Jointly organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences and the National Centre for Biological Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore

15 – 26 April 2013
Bangalore, India

Themes include tutorials on micro manipulation techniques, and research talks on acto-myosin at membranes and in the nucleus.

mbconf_coOrgSingWeizman1stSymmetry Breaking and Pattern Formation

Organized by the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS

14 – 16 October 2012
Rehovot, Israel




mbconf_coOrgcyroElectronWkshpCryo Electron Microscopy Workshop at the National University of Singapore

Jointly sponsored by the National Center for Macromolecular imaging, Baylor College of Medicine , the Centre for Bioimaging Sciences and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, National University of Singapore

9 – 13 October, 2012

Themes include image contrast theory, image processing basics, single particle reconstruction, Cryo-ET basics, post-tomographic single particle averging, visualization and modeling, and the latest EM technologies and biological applications.

mbconf_coOrgRecentAdvancesChemPhyRecent Advances in Chemical and Physical Biology

Organized by the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, India, and the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore

5 – 7 March, 2012

Themes include biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, cell biology, chemical biology, computational biology, mechanobiology and structural biology.