Stephen LaConte promoted to associate professor

Stephen M. LaConte, Ph.D.

Stephen M. LaConte, Ph.D.

Stephen LaConte, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute since 2011, was approved as an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. The promotion comes less than a year after he was honored with the Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor.

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, the university’s governing authority, voted in favor of the promotion on June 1. LaConte also takes the new title to his other positions at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s departments of emergency Medicine, and radiology.

LaConte researches advanced neuroimaging acquisition and data analysis approaches. He aims to discover the mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric diseases, and learn to rehabilitate the brain processes that go wrong in those diseases. LaConte collaborates with other faculty members in the departments of biomedical engineering and mechanics, emergency medicine, and athletics to study possible neurological changes after a traumatic brain injury, and how to fix those changes.

In addition to his research, LaConte also advises undergraduate, medical, and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows.

“The fantastic facilities and faculty at the VTCRI, and in biomedical engineering and mechanics, emergency medicine, and radiology has really created a rich environment for my lab to conduct our research. This is an exciting environment, which supports the clinical, basic science, and engineering questions that we are pursuing,” LaConte said.