2019 - 2020 Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute 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 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.

Upcoming Events

Evolutionary psychopathology: An integrative approach to mental disorders

Event will be held February 28, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Marco Del Giudice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of New Mexico

In 3 days

Cells That Tile Your Brain: Astrocyte Contributions to Neural Circuits and Disease

Event will be held March 6, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Baljit Khakh, Ph.D.

Professor Department of Physiology, and Neurobiology Department
Associate Director of Research, Brain Research Institute
UCLA

In 10 days

Talk Title TBD

Event will be held March 20, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Eric Beyer, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Section of Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation
Chicago Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases
Department of Pediatrics
University of Chicago

In 24 days

Effect of Contemporary Societal Exposures on Adolescent Behavioral Health

Event will be held April 10, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Adam Matthew Leventhal, Ph.D.

Founding Director
Institute for Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory, University of Southern California
Institute for Addiction Science, University of Southern California

Professor of Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

In 45 days

Neurovascular Interactions: Mechanisms, Imaging, Therapeutics

Event will be held April 17, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Katherina Akassoglou, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator
Gladstone Institutes
University of California San Francisco

Professor
Department of Neurology
University of California San Francisco

In 52 days

Reprogramming the Brain Cancer Stem Cell

Event will be held April 24, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

John Laterra, M.D., Ph.D.

Co-Director, Brain Cancer Program
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Director
Neuro-Oncology Division
Von Hippel-Lindau Clinical Care Center
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Professor, Department of Neurology and Neuro-Oncology
Professor, The Holomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Oncology
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In 59 days

Re-establishing Developmental Pathways for Heart Regeneration

Event will be held May 1, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kristy Red-Horse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University

In 66 days

The epigenetic basis of memory formation and dysregulation in memory disorders

Event will be held May 8, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Farah Lubin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Graduate Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar Program
Co-Director for Research, Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching (MERIT) Program
Department of Neurobiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
School of Medicine

In 73 days

Chemistry of the Adaptive Mind

Event will be held May 15, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Roshan Cools, Ph.D.

Professor, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center

Principal Investigator
Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center

In 80 days

Aerobic fitness and susceptibility for metabolic dysfunction

Event will be held May 29, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

John Thyfault, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
University of Kansas Medical Center

Senior Scientist
Kansas City VA Medical Center

Scientific Director
Children’s Mercy Hospital Center for Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Center

In 94 days

Talk Title TBD

Event will be held June 5, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Elena Boto

In 101 days

Akt-mTOR signaling in TGF-b responsiveness and Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition

Event will be held June 12, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Rik Derynck, Ph.D.

Professor
Departments of Cell/Tissue Biology and Anatomy
University of California, San Francisco

In 108 days

Previous Events

Tuning neurotransmission through local protein synthesis and degradation at synapses

Event was held August 30, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Sutton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Associate Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
University of Michigan Medical School

Epigenetic Vulnerabilities of Human Cancer

Event was held September 6, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Alea Mills, Ph.D.

Professor
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

A Computational and Neural Model for Mood Dynamics

Event was held September 13, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Robb Rutledge, Ph.D.

MRC Career Development Fellow
Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Aging

Molecular programs defining tumor-specific T cell dysfunction and therapeutic reprogrammability

Event was held September 27, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Andrea Schietinger, Ph.D.

Assistant Member
Immunology Program
Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute

Stop making waves: A new regulatory role for cardiac myosin binding protein-C in contraction

Event was held October 11, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Samantha Harris, Ph.D.

Professor
Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of Arizona

Fractionating the Prospective Brain

Event was held October 25, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Joseph W. Kable, Ph.D.

Baird Term Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

The genome is the way forward for paediatric medicine

Event was held November 8, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

David Rowitch, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, and Howard Hughes Investigator
Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Reduced-nicotine cigarettes: Behavioral-economics of Operant Reinforcement

Event was held November 15, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Why is Decision-Making Hard?

Event was held November 22, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Nathaniel D. Daw, Ph.D.

Huo Professor in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience
Professor, Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology Princeton University

Probing Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Axonal Repair using Zebrafish

Event was held December 13, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Granato, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

MRI for the world

Event was held January 10, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

J. Thomas Vaughan, Jr., Ph.D.

Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Principal Investigator, Zuckerman Institute
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Radiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University

Calories, Carbs, or Quality? What matters most for weight control?

Event was held January 17, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kevin Hall, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator
Chief, Integrative Physiology Section, Laboratory of Biological Modeling
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Sleep and Wake Coordinated by Glia

Event was held January 24, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Philip Haydon, Ph.D.

Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professor of Neuroscience
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University

A Motor Theory of Sleep-Wake Control

Event was held January 31, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Yang Dan, Ph.D.

Professor of Neurobiology
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California Berkeley

The Neurobiology of Social Bonding, Empathy and Social Loss: Implications for Autism

Event was held February 14, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Larry Young, Ph.D.

William P. Timmie Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Center for Translational Social Neuroscience
Chief, Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders
Emory University School of Medicine