2020 - 2021 Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program

Please note: All events in this series in 2020, and potentially in 2021, will be hosted virtually.

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.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Can Food be Addictive?

Event will be held September 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Ashley Gearhardt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Food Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) lab
University of Michigan

In 26 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: The Fabric of the Neocortex

Event will be held September 11, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Andreas Tolias, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine

In 33 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Design and Optimization of CAR T cells and their Application to Glioblastoma

Event will be held September 18, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Christine Brown, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Heritage Provider Network Professor in Immunotherapy Deputy Director, T cell Therapeutics Research Laboratory City of Hope

In 40 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Parkinson's Disease and Why Development Matters

Event will be held September 25, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Deanna Benson, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Neuroscience, and Friedman Brain Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

In 47 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: The Future of Health & Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?

Event will be held October 2, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Daniel Kraft, M.D.

Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine

In 54 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Genetics of Invasive GBM cells

Event will be held October 9, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Nhan Tran, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Cancer Biology
Mayo Clinic

In 61 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Pioneers In Biomedical Research lecture by Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D.

Event will be held October 23, 2020 at Virtual Presentation

Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D.

Yasmin Hurd, PhD Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics Icahn School of Medicine Director of the Addiction Institute, Mount Sinai

In 75 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS: Neurovascular Interactions: Mechanisms, Imaging, Therapeutics

Event will be held October 30, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator
Gladstone Institutes
University of California San Francisco

Professor
Department of Neurology
University of California San Francisco

In 82 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Connexin mutants and cataracts: clues to gap junction functions

Event will be held November 6, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

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

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago

In 89 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Pioneers In Biomedical Research lecture by Evan Scott, Ph.D.

Event will be held November 13, 2020 at Virtual Presentation

Evan Scott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Microbiology-Immunology Northwestern University | McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science | Feinberg School of Medicine

In 96 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Running on dopamine: metabolic regulation of reward seeking

Event will be held November 20, 2020 at Virtual Presentation

Nils Kroemer, Ph.D.

Nils Kroemer, Ph.D. Junior Group Leader, Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Section of Translational Psychiatry Computational Psychiatry Group neuroMADLAB: Neuroscience of Motivation, Action, & Desire University of Tübingen

In 103 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Pioneers In Biomedical Research lecture by Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D.

Event will be held December 4, 2020 at Virtual Presentation

Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Precision NeuroTherapeutics Innovation Program Director, Mathematical NeuroOncology Lab Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Neurosurgery Mayo Clinic

In 117 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Cells That Tile Your Brain: astrocyte contributions to neural circuits and disease

Event will be held December 11, 2020, 11 a.m. to noon at Virtual Presentation

Baljit Khakh,

Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology, Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

In 124 days

The nervous heart: Insights into autonomic-mediated arrhythmias

Event will be held January 29, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Crystal Ripplinger

Crystal M. Ripplinger, Ph.D., FHRS, FAHA
Professor and Vice Chair for Research & Administration
Department of Pharmacology
University of California Davis

In 173 days

Regulation of Endothelial Cell Specialization

Event will be held February 12, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Karen K. Hirschi

Director, Developmental Genomics Center Professor, Department of Cell Biology University of Virginia

In 187 days

Rethinking Autism and Animal Models: A Systems Perspective

Event will be held February 19, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Andre Fenton, Ph.D.

Professor of Neural Science, Center for Neural Science, Neuroscience Institute at the NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, The Robert F. Furchgott Center for Neural and Behavioral Science, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 194 days

Re-establishing Developmental Pathways for Heart Regeneration

Event will be held February 26, 2021, 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 201 days

Reprogramming the Brain Cancer Stem Cell

Event will be held March 5, 2021, 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 208 days

Effect of Contemporary Societal Exposures on Adolescent Behavioral Health

Event will be held March 12, 2021, 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 215 days

The epigenetic basis of memory formation and dysregulation in memory disorders

Event will be held April 2, 2021, 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 236 days

Chemistry of the Adaptive Mind

Event will be held April 9, 2021, 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 243 days

Aerobic fitness and susceptibility for metabolic dysfunction

Event will be held April 16, 2021, 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 250 days

Multi-channel MEG measurements with a wearable OPM system

Event will be held April 23, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Elena Boto

In 257 days

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

Event will be held April 30, 2021, 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 264 days

Stem Cells and Genomics for Cardiovascular Diseases

Event will be held May 7, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Joseph C. Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Simon H. Stertzer, M.D., Professor of Medicine & Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

In 271 days

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar with Lisa Marsch

Event will be held May 28, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Lisa A. Marsch, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health
Director, Northeast Node National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network
Andrew G. Wallace Professor
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth College

In 292 days