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.

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
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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
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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

Evolutionary psychopathology: An integrative approach to mental disorders

Event was held February 28, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Marco Del Giudice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of New Mexico

CANCELLED: Reprogramming the Brain Cancer Stem Cell

Event was held April 24, 2020 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

CANCELLED: Re-establishing Developmental Pathways for Heart Regeneration

Event was held May 1, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kristy Red-Horse, Ph.D.

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

CANCELLED: The epigenetic basis of memory formation and dysregulation in memory disorders

Event was held May 8, 2020 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