Fralin Life Sciences News
Virginia Tech drug researcher develops ‘fat burning’ molecule that has implications for treatment of obesity
Santos and his colleagues have recently identified a small mitochondrial uncoupler, named BAM15, that holds promise for future treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes, and especially nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a type of fatty liver disease.
Jun 05, 2020
Virginia Tech researchers establish a reverse genetics system to facilitate COVID-19 research
Researchers from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and the Fralin Life Sciences Institute are establishing a reverse genetics system for SARS-CoV-2 that will serve as the basis for vaccine design and for studying viral mutations associated with COVID-19 severity and viral transmission.
Jun 04, 2020
Virginia Tech researcher receives grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to study Lyme arthritis
With the $661,216 grant, Brandon Jutras, an assistant professor of biochemistry in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will study Lyme arthritis, including the cellular component that contributes to it.
May 21, 2020
Spurred by COVID-19, researcher Linsey Marr evaluates efficacy of sterilized N95 respirators, alternative mask materials
Since March, Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering professor Linsey Marr, an expert in the airborne transmission of infectious disease, has been testing the efficacy of sterilized N95 respirators and alternative mask materials in filtering out particles.
May 19, 2020
Amber Abbott named 2020 Outstanding Senior for the College of Science
Abbott, a senior Honors College member majoring in microbiology in the Department of Biological Sciences with a minor in music, will pursue a Ph.D. in the Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in the fall.
May 04, 2020
Science on Tap NRV moves online during the coronavirus pandemic
Science on Tap NRV organizers haven't let the current situation stop them from celebrating scientific thought in the Blacksburg community.
May 01, 2020
Virginia Tech researchers develop new COVID-19 tests to combat backlogs, shortages
Virginia Tech scientists have developed a new COVID-19 test and secured federal and state approvals to immediately begin processing samples at on-campus labs in Blacksburg and Roanoke.
Apr 22, 2020
Viruses don’t have a metabolism, but some have the building blocks for one
In the genomes of giant viruses, researchers discovered genes that match metabolic cycles in the viruses' cellular hosts. The viruses may be rewiring the hosts' metabolism when they invade.
Apr 06, 2020
Kids’ Tech University connects young learners with STEM
Kids’ Tech University returned to Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus for its 11th annual program. Hosted by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute in partnership with Virginia 4-H, KTU bridges the gap between kids and scientists by showing kids that science is truly all around them.
Apr 02, 2020
Microbial Systems mini-symposium highlights small organisms with big impacts
On March 6, faculty and students discussed "wicked" societal challenges through participation in the second annual Microbial Systems mini-symposium at Virginia Tech.
Apr 02, 2020