Daniel Axelrod is a professor of physics at the University of Michigan. His research is on the development of optical microscopy techniques to study dynamics at biological surfaces and membranes. He has taught extensively, including courses on Physics and Music, Biophysical Principles of Microscopy, Techniques in Molecular Biophysics, Dynamics of Biophysical Processes, Science and Strategy in the Nuclear Arms Race, Living with Physics, and Introductory Modern Physics. He is a Fellow of the Biophysical Society and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Michigan. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and math from Brooklyn College and a PhD in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Scott Fraser is the co-director of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology and Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology at California Institute of Technology. His research explores the mechanisms involved in the assembly of the vertebrate nervous system, in particular, the patterning of cell lineages, cell migration, and axonal connections. He is involved in developing new imaging technologies (modification of optics of light microscopes, new software for acquisition, and manipulation of data) at the Biological Imaging Center of the Beckman Institute with a goal of developing methods to observe single cells in intact developing embryos. He is the recipient of the Marcus Singer Medal and the McKnight Scholar Award and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Best Medical School Teaching and the Silver Beaker Award for Best Medical School Faculty Member. Among the many courses he has taught at Caltech are Principles of Modern Microscopy, Fundamentals of Modern Biology, and Developmental Neurobiology. In addition he has taught summer courses at Cold Spring Harbor. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvey Mudd College and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
Jonathon Howard is a professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington. He was recently named a director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. His research is on the mechanical properties of cells and molecules focusing on the motor protein kinesin. He was a PEW Scholar in 1990 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. He has a bachelor’s degree in pure mathematics and a PhD in neurobiology, both from Australian National University.