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Biocomplexity Institute hosts research symposium and data center ribbon-cutting

Biocomplexity Institute Executive Director Chris Barrett giving lecture

Biocomplexity Institute director
Biocomplexity Institute Executive Director Chris Barrett

The Biocomplexity Institute’s Research Symposium on Nov. 8 will feature an array of groundbreaking discussions, poster sessions, and networking with top researchers in the biocomplexity field, followed by a data center ribbon cutting.

Be part of the experience by registering online. The event will also be livestreamed on the institute’s Facebook page.

Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) and professor in physics, will deliver the keynote, which will highlight the opportunities for biocomplexity within the neurosciences. He will be joined by plenary speakers Fengzhu Sun, professor of molecular and computational biology and mathematics at the University of Southern California, and Robert Penner, René Thom Chair of Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques.

“This year’s symposium looks forward to the future of biocomplexity both in the university and beyond,” said Christian Reidys, director of the institute’s Mathematical Biocomplexity Laboratory.

New this year, young researchers will take the “hot seat” after lunch to share the latest advances in science and research. They will discuss how each of the four main labs within the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech continues to move research into the future. These emerging researchers will discuss topics that include a new vision for precision medicine, how our researchers use data sources to help first responders save lives, advances in the understanding of molecular function and evolution, and how to solve network dynamical problems more efficiently.

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The day will also celebrate the opening of the institute’s new data center with a ribbon cutting scheduled for the afternoon. The $5 million investment adds 2 MW of electrical power capacity and associated cooling, enabling high-density computing of up to 50 kW per rack. This is more than 10 times the capability of previous data centers.

The day will conclude with a cocktail reception and poster presentation by more than 25 Virginia Tech research teams.

Be a part of the discussion and discover the latest in science, research and technology by registering online. The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch.

Participants can plan their symposium experience using the tools on the event homepage. The event will be held in the Biocomplexity Institute’s conference center on the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus.  

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