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School of Neuroscience Innovators Seminar Series

Innovator Seminar Series

All seminars take place on Wednesday at 11:00AM.

Please direct any questions you have to Annika Schmierer (schmiera@vt.edu) or Michelle Olsen (molsen1@vt.edu).

*Click the hyperlinked names of the speakers for more details about the seminar as the date aproaches.*

Fall 2022 Speaker List

 

Date

Seminar Speaker

Position/Affiliation

September 21

 

Mathew Weston, PhD

 

Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Matt Weston’s research seeks to understand how and why these genetic variants cause such an extreme imbalance of excitation and inhibition in the brain.

October 5

Scott Russo, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience and Director, Center for Affective Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Dr. Russo’s research focuses on the neural and immunological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.

October 12

Joshua Gooley, PhD

Associate Professor, Laboratory of Chronobiology and Sleep, Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School


Dr. Gooley’s research interest is to understand the role of the circadian system and sleep in modulating human health, physiology and cognitive performance.

November 2

Benedetta Leuner, PhD

Associate Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, Ohio State University

Dr. Leuner’s research seeks to identify the neurobiological mechanisms underlying changes in emotional, cognitive, parental and motivational functioning during motherhood.

November 9

Shiori Sekine, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Sekine’s research addresses the question ‘Can human health be improved by modulating the mitochondrial stress response?’

November 30

Ivan de Araujo, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Dr. Araujo’s research focuses on modern neurobiological tools to unveil the large-scale networks linking body parts to molecularly identified neurons in the brain.

December 07

Chiarra Manzinni, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Manzini’s research focuses on how deficits in brain development affect cognitive function

Fall 2021 Speaker List

 

Date

Seminar Speaker

Position/Affiliation

September 15

 

Jeremy Day, PhD 

*Virtual*

Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology 

University of Alabama at Birmingham

October 20

Colleen McClung, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience,

University of Pittsburgh

November 3

Pavak Shah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

University of California, Los Angeles

November 10

Marianne Seney, PhD

Assistant Professor,  Department of Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience,

University of Pittsburgh

December 1

Laurie Sanders, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology,

Duke University School of Medicine 

Spring 2021 Speaker List

 

Date

Seminar Speaker

Position/Affiliation

February 24

Anthony LaMantia, PhD 

Professor and Director Center for Neurobiology Research

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Virginia Tech

April 7

 

Kathryn Reissner, PhD

*Virtual*

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

April 14

 

Jason Triplett, PhD

*Virtual*

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Physiology

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 

April 21

 

Kevin Wright, PhD

*Virtual*

Associate Professor,  Vollum Institute

Oregon Health and Science University 

May 5

 

Sora Shin, PhD

*Virtual*

Assistant Professor, Center for Neurobiology Research

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Virginia Tech

May 19

 

Dori Schafer, PhD

*Virtual*

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology

University of Massachusetts Medical School