Life science experts from around the world will present the latest advances in areas of basic and translational research every Friday during the fall 2017 semester as part of the Fralin Life Science Institute’s Virginia Tech Life Science Seminar series.

The talks, open to the public, will take place from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. on Fridays in the renovated Fralin Auditorium at 102 Fralin Hall. Fralin Hall is located at 360 West Campus Drive in Blacksburg. 

This semester’s line-up includes speakers covering a breadth of emerging topics in research, some of which include original work in neurological diseases, studies in time-keeping systems and their relevance for body functioning, addiction research, and research work in plants as a mean to better understand human health. Talks encompass a variety of disciplines spanning from biophysics to bioinformatics and include speakers from academia and industry.

“I am proud of the hard work, professionalism, and dedication that the VTLSS team brings to our faculty and students by facilitating the visit of scientific leaders to our campus while fostering interactions with colleagues and students in an environment that is conducive to engagement and learning," said Carla Finkielstein, chair of the seminar series committee and an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science.

Virginia Tech life scientists nominate the speakers and serve as hosts during their multiday visit. The speakers also meet with potential collaborators and have lunch with interested graduate students who register with the Virginia Tech hosts. Some of the seminars are live streamed and, where permission is granted, will be archived on the VTLSS webpage for future reference. Please visit the website for details.

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