Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Training, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Administrative Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Dr. Van Wart plays a lead role in developing graduate programs in biomedical sciences at Virginia Tech through the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. She also coordinates a range of training activities, including undergraduate research mentoring, master’s degree and doctoral programs, postdoctoral training, resident and fellow training, and collaborative training efforts between the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and other universities in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Van Wart earned her doctorate in neurobiology and behavior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the three years prior to joining the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, she worked at Cell Press, most recently as the associate scientific editor of the biomedical journal Neuron.
Education and Training
- Massachuesetts Institute of Technology: Postdoctoral fellowship, Learning and Memory
- Stony Brook University: Ph.D., Neurobiology and Behavior
- Loyola College in Maryland: B.S., Biology
- Associate Scientific Editor, Neuron
- Meyers FJ, Mathur A, Fuhrmann CN, O'Brien TC, Wefes I, Labosky PA, Duncan DS, August A, Feig A, Gould KL, Friedlander MJ, Schaffer CB, Van Wart A, Chalkley R. (2015). The origin and implementation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training programs: an NIH common fund initiative. The FASEB Journal.
- Nagakura I, Van Wart A, Petravicz J, Tropea D, Sur M. (2014). STAT1 regulates the homeostatic component of visual cortical plasticity via an AMPA receptor-mediated mechanism. Journal of Neuroscience 34(31): 10256-63.
- LeMasurier M, Van Wart A. (2012). Reviews on the visual cortex: A tribute to Hubel and Wiesel. Neuron 75(2): 181.
- Mao R, Schummers J, Knoblich U, Lacey CJ, Van Wart A, Cobos I, Kim C, Huguenard JR, Rubenstein JL, Sur M. (2011). Influence of a subtype of inhibitory interneuron on stimulus-specific responses in visual cortex. Cereb Cortex 22(3): 493-508.
- Runyan CA, Schummers J, Van Wart A, Kuhlman SJ, Wilson NR, Huang ZJ, Sur M. (2010). Response features of parvalbumin-expressing interneurons suggest precise roles for subtypes of inhibition in visual cortex. Neuron 67(5): 847-57.
- Leamey CA, Van Wart A, Sur M. (2009). Intrinsic patterning and experience-dependent mechanisms that generate eye-specific projections and binocular circuits in the visual pathway. Curr Opin Neurobiol 19(2): 181-87.
- Tropea D, Van Wart A, Sur M. (2009). Molecular mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity in visual cortex. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364(1515): 341-55.
- Lyckman AW, Horng S, Leamey CA, Tropea D, Watakabe A, Van Wart A, McCurry C, Yamamori T, Sur M. (2008). Gene expression patterns during the critical period: Synaptic stabilization and reversal by visual deprivation. Proc Natl Acad Sci 105(27): 9409-14.
- Van Wart A, Trimmer JS, Matthews G. (2007). Polarized distribution of ion channels within microdomains of the axon initial segment. J Comp Neural 500(2): 339-52.
- Van Wart A, Matthews G. (2006). Expression of sodium channel Nav1.2 and Nav1.6 mRNA during postnatal development of the retina. Neurosci Lett 403(3): 315-17.