A team of Virginia Tech researchers recently discovered a new step in the metabolic process that produces the enzyme allicin, which leads to garlic’s delectable flavor and aroma, a finding that upends decades of previous scientific belief.
The center will be administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Science Institute and will include faculty participants from at least seven colleges and more than 25 departments on campus.
A diverse array of bacteria live in the human mouth as part of a vital ecosystem known as the oral microbiome. Virginia Tech researchers have discovered that one of these common bacteria can leave the mouth and potentially cause existing cancer cells in other parts of the body to spread.
Science doesn’t take place just in a lab or field station — discoveries can happen anywhere. For the curious kids out there, affiliated faculty members of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute give their suggestions for fun science experiments and activities to do this summer.
This year’s Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference, a day-long celebration of student research, offered students the opportunity to gain experience communicating their research or creative scholarship while engaging faculty and other students on an online platform.
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.
University Libraries at Virginia Tech faculty members Anne M. Brown and Jonathan Briganti challenged their undergraduate data students in the library’s DataBridge program and the Bevan & Brown Lab to jump in and create tools and look for patterns and trends in COVID-19 research data using machine learning and molecular modeling.
Astrid Meenan has advice for new Virginia Tech students: “Keep an open mind to opportunities. Don’t automatically think it’s not for you or that just ‘other people do that.' Virginia Tech opened so many opportunities for me.”
The inaugural Mitzi L. Frank Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Jesse Janoski, a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, who is researching cancer and circadian rhythms.
Justin Lemkul, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how biomolecules fold and interact in an effort to inform better drug design for life-threatening diseases, especially neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers have developed a genetic system for an ancient single-celled organism that resides in deep-sea volcanoes. The breakthrough could result in supplements that aid digestion in humans and animals.
Hosted by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute in partnership with Virginia 4-H, Kids’ Tech University bridges the gap between scientists and kids to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics more hands-on while investigating a variety of topics.
The Virginia Tech Science Festival returns to campus for its sixth year on Nov. 16, with more than 100 free hands-on, minds-on learning interactive booths and activities that showcase dozens of science education and research programs throughout the university.
Hehuang “David” Xie, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and his collaborators just published a new study in the journal Nature Communications.
The Fralin SURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training.