The 7th NanoLSI Symposium

From Molecules to Cells and Tissue – Bridging Scales with Nanoprobe Technology

Posted:Jun 29, 2023

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Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI) consists of four fields: Nanometrology, Life Science, Supramolecular Chemistry, and Computational Science. Through the fusion of four fields, we aim to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of fundamental life phenomena, such as the replication and reading of genetic information and cell division, as well as higher-order life phenomena, such as immunity, memory, and thinking at the nanoscale level.

The NanoLSI Symposium is held as an international symposium to promote further transdisciplinary research and new collaborations with researchers from diverse backgrounds.  We are pleased to announce that the 7th NanoLSI Symposium in 2023 will be organized by NanoLSI Overseas PI Prof. Carsten Beta (University of Potsdam) and held in Berlin, Germany, for the first time. During the two-day symposium on November 2 and 3, distinguished researchers from Japan, Canada, Switzerland, and Germany will gather to discuss cutting-edge nanoprobe technologies under the theme of “From Molecules to Cells and Tissue – Bridging Scales with Nanoprobe Technology”.

  • Carsten Beta     University of Potsdam  NanoLSI Overseas PI
  • Clemens Franz     NanoLSI

Oral Session  –  At Goethe Hall

Invited speakers
  • Martin Bastmeyer    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Salvatore Chiantia     University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Martin Falcke     Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany
  • Daniel Müller     ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Svetlana Santer     University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Erik Schäffer     Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Ulrich Schwarz     Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Anna Taubenberger     Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
NanoLSI speakers
  • Takeshi Fukuma     Nanometrology
  • Noriyuki Kodera     Nanometrology
  • Shinji Watanabe     Nanometrology
  • Clemens Franz     Nanometrology
  • Masanobu Oshima     Life Science
  • Tomoyoshi Yamano     Life Science
  • Mark MacLachlan     Supramolecular Chemistry     The University of British Columbia
  • Satoru Okuda     Computational Science

Poster Session  At Meitner Hall

We will also have a poster session in parallel.

One of the objectives of this poster session is to provide an opportunity for young researchers from Japan and Germany, including students, to introduce and discuss the research they are conducting with each other, and to help them expand their research activities globally.
Eight researchers from NanoLSI will participate in the symposium. In addition, the call for participants in the poster session from Germany and neighboring areas is already open. Please refer to “What’s New!” below for details. Participants of the poster session can attend the 7th NanoLSI Symposium at the same time.

What’s New!

We are pleased to announce that we are now starting open call for poster abstracts.
Please see below for details.

Open Call for Poster / The 7th NanoLSI Symposium in Berlin Application deadline: Friday, October 6, 2023

Poster presenters from NanoLSI
  • Madhu Biyani
    Nanoscale visualization of Aptamer-CYP24 complex binding dynamics in the development of aptamer therapeutics in cancer
  • Kee Siang Lim
    Nanoscopic evaluation of anti-SARS-CoV-2 spike neutralizing antibody using high-speed AFM
  • Kien Xuan Ngo
    Deciphering actin structure-dependent preferential cooperative binding of cofilin
  • Kenichi Umeda
    Submolecular-scale observation of topological transition of Smc5/6 holocomplex
  • Rei Yagasaki
    Exploring the mechanics of cortical dendrite formation through AFM measurements
  • Dilireba Bolidong
    Separation of small extracellular vesicles (EVs) using an anion exchange column and revealing their mechanical properties by AFM
  • Taisei Suzuki (PhD Student, Div. of Nano Life Science of Grafiniti)
    High-speed atomic force microscopy revealed alternative interactions between CaMKII holoenzymes depend on their phosphorylation
  • Kosuke Mizuno (PhD Student, Div. of Nano Life Science of Grafiniti)
    Reconstruction of multicellular patterns with synthetic morphogen system



November 2 (Thu.) – 3 (Fri.), 2023


Onsite event


Harnack House
Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society
Ihnestr. 16-20-14195 Berlin, Germany



Book of Abstracts ( in preparation )


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Registration fee

No registration fee


November 2, 2023 / Day 1      8:50 AM – 6:30 PM (CET) (Open venue: 8:00 AM)
8:00 AM Registration and arrival tea & coffee
8:50 AM – 9:00 AM Opening remarks: Takeshi Fukuma, Director of Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session #1
Chairpersons: Clemens Franz & Noriyuki Kodera 

  • Session theme: Proteins in operation
  1. Noriyuki Kodera (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Video imaging of dynamic behaviors of biomolecules by high-speed atomic force microscopy
  2. Ulrich Schwarz  (University of Heidelberg)
    Adsorption and self-assembly of SAS-6 rings on a surface studied with high-speed AFM and computer simulations
  3. Clemens Franz (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Investigating actomyosin contractility-driven adhesion modulation by complementary high-speed AFM and fluorescence microscopy
  4. Erik Schäffera (University of Tübingen)
    Ultraresolution picotensiometry of kinesin motors
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Poster session @Meitner Hall
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Session #2
Chairperson: Takeshi Fukuma
  • Session theme: From cells to tissue
  1. Masanobu Oshima (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Identification of genotype-linked nano-scale physical properties of intestinal tumor cells
  2. Anna Taubenberger (Technische Universität Dresden)
    Quantifying tumor spheroid mechanical properties in confining 3D microenvironments
  3. Satoru Okuda (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Versatile computational modeling of 3D multicellular dynamics and application to collective cell migration
  4. Martin Falcke (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine)
    On multistability and constitutive relations of cell motion on Fibronectin lanes

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Tea & coffee break
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Session #3
Chairpersons: Mark MacLachlan & Satoru Okuda
  • Session theme: Theory and modelling of intracellular dynamics
  1. Mark MacLachlan (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University/University of British Colloumbia)
    Supramolecular chemistry using bionanomaterials
  2. Martin Bastmeyer (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie)
    3D cellular microenvironments to study cell mechanics
  3. Svetlana Santer (University of Potsdam)
    From molecular actuation to microscopic motion
  4. Shinji Watanabe (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Time-resolved imaging of nanomechanics and nanostructures of living cells with scanning ion conductance microscopy
6:30 pm Photo session
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner buffet (by invivation only)
Toast: TBD
November 3, 2023 / Day 2      9:00 AM – 1:30 PM (CET) (Open venue: 8:30 AM)
8:30 AM Registration and arrival tea & coffee
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Poster session @Meitner Hall
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Session #4

Chairperson: Masanobu Oshima 
  • Session theme: Single cell dynamics
  1. Takeshi Fukuma (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Visualizing nanoscale dynamics and mechanics in living cells by nanoendoscopy AFM
  2. Salvatore Chiantia (University of Potsdam)
    Investigating virus-host interactions at a single cell level using quantitative fluorescence microscopy
  3. Daniel Müller (ETH Zürich)
    Mechanically quantifying and guiding biological processes
  4. Tomoyoshi Yamano (NanoLSI, Kanazawa University)
    Development of engineered exosome for immune regulation
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Closing Remarks 

Carsten Beta, Organizer of the 7th NanoLSI Symposium, NanoLSI/University of Potsdam

12:10 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch