About Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC makes transformative scientific advances that address the fundamental processes of human and animal health and disease. The only university-level institute at Virginia Tech dedicated to biomedical research, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute trains the next generation of leading biomedical scientists while also facilitating discovery-based medical education. By sustaining and continuing to strengthen the Virginia Tech Carilion strategic partnership, the institute aims to develop one of the nation's premier biomedical research environments in Roanoke, Virginia.

Recent News

March 31, 2020

New study shows how common parasitic infection can cause seizures and psychiatric illness for some

Forty million Americans are infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. For most patients, the infection is mild, while others develop seizures or psychiatric disorders. ...

March 31, 2020

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists reveal how brain tumors impact normally supportive cells

The same brain cells designed to stop brain damage, fail to support healthy neurons when a cancer grows. New research, led by Stefanie Robel and ...

March 27, 2020


Please refer to Virginia Tech's COVID-19 webpage for university announcements and resources. This page is updated periodically with announcements pertaining to operations at the Fralin ...

March 18, 2020

New Fralin Biomedical Research Institute faculty member studies how junk food induces dopamine release in the brain

Why is eating unhealthy food such a hard habit to break? Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, a new faculty member at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, ...

Speaker Series

Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series

Leaders in health and medicine offer glimpses into the future

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program

Top biomedical scientists share the latest breakthroughs

Medical Scholar Lecture Series

Clinician scientists explore frontiers of medicine