Stephen M. LaConte


Office phone: 540-526-2008

Office location: R-1112

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Stephen M. LaConte, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering

Associate Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology, School of Medicine

Research in the LaConte lab is devoted to advanced neuroimaging acquisition and data analysis approaches, aimed at basic scientific discovery as well as understanding and rehabilitating neurological and psychiatric diseases. A major focus of the lab is an innovation in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that we developed and call “temporally adaptive brain state” (TABS) fMRI. The inception of TABS arose from two major recent advances in neuroimaging, namely 1) the recognition that multi-voxel patterns of fMRI data can be used to decode brain states (determine what the volunteer was “doing,” such as receiving sensory input, effecting motor output, or otherwise internally focusing on a prescribed task or thought) and 2) continued advances in MR imaging systems and experimental sophistication with fMRI that have led to the emergence of real-time fMRI as a viable tool for biofeedback.

For a full listing of Dr. LaConte's publications, visit PubMed.

Education and Training

  • University of Denver: B.S. , Biomedical Science and Electrical Engineering
  • University of Minnesota: Ph.D. , Biomedical Engineering

Previous Positions

  • Baylor College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Awards and Honors

  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2014