2016 - 2017 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.

Novel Roles for Ikaros Zinc Finger Transcription Factors in T Helper Cell Differentiation

Event was held October 28, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ken Oestreich, PhD

Assistant Professor, VTCRI and Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Assembly and Maturation of Dengue and Zika Viruses

Event was held December 9, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Richard J. Kuhn, PhD

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences Director
Director, Purdue Institute for Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease
Purdue University

Control of T follicular helper (Tfh) cell responses by IL-2

Event was held February 17, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Andre Ballesteros-Tato, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology University of Alabama at Birmingham

Debunking the concept of one gene-one disease in inheritable sudden death

Event was held February 24, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Mario Delmar, MD, PhD

Patricia & Robert Martinsen Professor of Cardiology Professor of Medicine & Professor of Cell Biology New York University School of Medicine

Role of Sodium Channel a and b1 Subunits in Epileptic Encephalopathy with SUDEP

Event was held March 3, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Lori Isom, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology; Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology; Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Pre-Candidate Graduate Education; Director, Program in Biomedical Sciences University of Michigan Medical School

Probing the Brain’s Response to Trauma at the Cellular and Network Scale

Event was held March 24, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

David F. Meaney, PhD

S.R. Pollack Professor; Chair, Department of Bioengineering University of Pennsylvania

Modulation of Human Cognition

Event was held March 31, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Mark Witcher, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Director of Neurosurgery Research
Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Explanation and Reproducibility: Foundational Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience

Event was held April 21, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Aron Barbey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Director, Decision Neuroscience Laboratory; Director, Intelligence Learning, and Plasticity Initiative; Department of Psychology; Beckman Institute; University of Illinois

Understanding the Differentiation of Tissue Resident CD4+ T Cells

Event was held June 9, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Marion Pepper, PhD

Assistant Professor, Immunology University of Washington