2012 - 2013 VTCRI Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program

The VTCRI Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program offers the expertise of a range of scientists who are exploring frontiers in biomedical research. Held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room R3012 of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, these seminars are open to Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff; Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff; and Carilion Clinic faculty, staff, and trainees.

Brain Computer Interfaces Increase Whole-Brain Signal-to-Noise

Event was held October 5, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Stephen LaConte, PhD

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Chemical Probing Interactions of the Urokinase Receptor

Event was held November 2, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Samy Meroueh, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

Time and the Brain

Event was held November 13, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

David Eagleman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action; Director, Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Whole Genome Studies to Identify Genetic Variants Associated with Chemotherapy

Event was held December 7, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Eileen Dolan, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology; Chair, Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics; Co-Director, Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Program of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Chicago

Structural Dynamics of Muscle Contraction

Event was held December 14, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

David Thomas, PhD

William F. Dietrich Professor of Structural Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hedgehog Signaling, Stem Cells, and Liver Regeneration

Event was held January 18, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Yin-xiong Li, MD, PhD

Professor and Director, Institute of Public Health, and Chief Medical Officer, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health/Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China

The Cortical Circuits and Neural Codes Underlying Tactile Sensation — POSTPONED

Event was held February 1, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Karel Svoboda, PhD

Group Leader in Neural Optical Imaging, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia

Mechanisms of Sensory Signaling in a Mammalian Touch Receptor

Event was held February 8, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ellen A. Lumpkin, PhD

Associate Professor of Somatosensory Biology, Departments of Dermatology and Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

New Imaging Approaches for Cardiac Structure and Function

Event was held March 29, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Peter Kohl, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair of Cardiac Biophysics and Systems Biology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London; Visiting Professor, Department for Computer Science, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Magnetic Compass Sense of Laboratory Rodents: Working at the Interface of Quantum Chemistry and Spatial Cognition

Event was held April 5, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

John Phillips, PhD

Professor of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Structures of Protein Folding Machines

Event was held April 12, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Wah Chiu, PhD

Distinguished Service Professor; Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Director, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging; Co-Director, W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Capsids as Compartments

Event was held April 26, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Alasdair Steven, PhD

Chief, Laboratory of Structural Biology Research, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland