Faculty Research Team Leaders

  • Warren Bickel

    Warren Bickel, PhD

    Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center

    Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Fundamental to solving the problem of addiction and other dysfunctional health behaviors is to understand how an individual continues to engage in a behavior despite ...

  • John Chappell

    John Chappell, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Blood vessels deliver oxygen and distribute inflammatory cells to nearly every tissue in the human body, among other essential functions. Regulation of vascular growth must ...

  • Pearl Chiu

    Pearl Chiu, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    How is it that a depressed individual may value nothing at all, whereas an addict might value drug consumption at the expense of all else? ...

  • Stephanie DeLuca

    Stephanie DeLuca, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Life Sciences

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Stephanie DeLuca, PhD, is a developmental psychologist who works to advance both adult and pediatric innovative neurorehabilitation treatment techniques. Rehabilitation science is an expanding field, ...

  • Harry Dorn

    Harry Dorn, PhD

    Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Professor, Chemistry, College of Science at Virginia Tech

    Professor of Radiology, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    A.C. Lilly Faculty Fellow of Nanoscience, Virginia Tech

    For nearly 40 years, Dr. Dorn has made pioneering developments in joining high-performance liquid chromatography with nuclear magnetic resonance to form a technique that has ...

  • Michael Fox

    Michael Fox, PhD

    Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Synapses are specialized sites that allow information to be passed between neurons. Their importance is highlighted by the fact that even minor synaptic abnormalities, caused ...

  • Michael Friedlander

    Michael Friedlander, PhD

    Founding Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Virginia Tech

    Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    My research program is directed at understanding the processes that regulate alterations in synaptic efficiency between neurons within the cerebral cortex—synaptic plasticity—and how these cellular ...

  • Robert Gourdie

    Robert Gourdie, PhD

    Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund Eminent Scholar in Heart Regenerative Medicine Research, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Director, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Professor of Emergency Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Director of Emergency Medicine Research, Carilion Clinic

    The research of the lab is on the subunit proteins of gap junctions—connexins. Our work encompasses both basic and practical/translational aspects. In basic research we ...

  • Deborah Kelly

    Deborah Kelly, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    My research focuses on developing innovative methodologies to study complex biological machinery. In particular, I am interested in using a combination of structural and functional ...

  • Brooks King-Casas

    Brooks King-Casas, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    My lab addresses two broad areas of inquiry: (i) neural basis of valuation and learning in social settings, and, (ii) abnormalities of social valuation. We ...

  • Stephen LaConte

    Stephen LaConte, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Research in the LaConte lab is devoted to advanced neuroimaging acquisition and data analysis approaches, aimed at basic scientific discovery as well as understanding and ...

  • Sarah McDonald

    Sarah McDonald, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease), Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Understanding how viruses evolve as they replicate and spread in the human population is fundamentally important for effective disease control. Viruses with segmented, RNA genomes ...

  • Read Montague

    Read Montague, PhD

    Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Director, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Director, Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Professor, Department of Physics, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Dr. Read Montague’s work centers broadly on human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice with a goal of understanding the detailed underlying neurobiology of these ...

  • Rosalyn Moran

    Rosalyn Moran, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    The research in our laboratory focuses on parallel aims in neuroscience: to develop new neuroimaging methodologies and to investigate the neurobiology of aging.

    Within ...

  • Alexei Morozov

    Alexei Morozov, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    We are interested in neuronal substrates of social behaviors. Empathy is an evolutional hallmark that has shaped human civilization by influencing social behaviors. Animals can ...

  • Konark Mukherjee

    Konark Mukherjee, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    The role of MAGUK ( Membrane Associated Guanylate Kinase) proteins in neurodevelopment. Neurodevelopment proceeds through a series of events culminating into formation of productive neuronal ...

  • Kenneth Oestreich

    Kenneth Oestreich

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    The research in my laboratory focuses on defining the mechanisms by which transcription factors contribute to cellular differentiation and function in the immune system.

    The ...

  • Steven Poelzing

    Steven Poelzing, PhD

    Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Associate Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Sudden cardiac death is a significant cause of mortality in the United States and around the world. There is an increasing awareness that sudden cardiac ...

  • Sharon Ramey

    Sharon Ramey, PhD

    Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech

    Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    My research addresses three major areas of human development: (1) the contribution of early experience, starting even prior to conception and extending through the prenatal ...

  • Craig Ramey

    Craig Ramey, PhD

    Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Professor, Psychology, Virginia Tech

    Professor, Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    My program of research centers on the role of experience – across the human lifespan - in the development of competence. My research relies largely ...

  • Zhi Sheng

    Zhi Sheng, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Glioblastoma, a lethal and incurable brain cancer, often recurs after conventional therapies such as resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, possibly because cancer stem cells in ...

  • James Smyth

    James Smyth, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    The heart sets the pace. If it's too quick or too slow, it's catastrophic for the rest of the body. Dr. Smyth studies why the ...

  • Gregorio Valdez

    Gregorio Valdez, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    My lab is interested in discovering molecules that protect synapses from the ravages of aging and age-related neurological diseases. Synapses are the sites where information ...