The Research Institutes of Virginia Tech

The
Research Institutes

Harnessing the Intellectual Prowess of Virginia Tech

Transforming Knowledge To Practice

Virginia Tech’s strategic plan affirms the university’s commitment to achieving excellence as a comprehensive land-grant university that makes innovative contributions in learning, discovery, and engagement.

The Research Institutes of Virginia Tech enhance the university's ability to address large scale research opportunities by crossing traditional disciplinary and college lines. The seven institutes provide clients access to world class expertise across many disciplines and to the scientific and technical capability of specially equipped, advanced laboratories.

Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

Christopher Barrett

Christopher Barrett

Executive Director and Professor

Mission

Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech combines information technology, medicine, and biology to generate, interpret, and apply vast amounts of data to solve problems in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences.

Focus Areas

  • High-capacity resources for disease research
  • Ultra-scale biomedical data analysis, interpretation, and simulation
  • Access to innovative high performance computing
  • Predictive diagnostic tests and therapeutics
  • Commercialization and entrepreneurship

Fralin Life Science Institute

Dennis Dean

Dennis Dean

Director

Mission

The Fralin Life Science Institute is an investment institute committed to supporting research, education, and outreach in Virginia Tech’s life sciences community. Residents of the institute's four flagship buildings are automatically considered affiliated faculty members and all other life science researchers on campus are invited to become affiliated faculty members.

Focus Areas

  • Vector-Borne Disease
  • Infectious Disease & Microbial Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Obesity
  • Cancer Biology
  • Ecology & Organismal Biology

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

R. Benjamin Knapp

R. Benjamin Knapp

Director

Mission

Positioned at the nexus of science, engineering, art, and design, the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology connects trans-disciplinary conventional and practice-led research, educational innovation, and scientific and commercial discovery.

Focus Areas

  • Uniform mechanism for assessing the broader impacts of the university's PK-12 initiatives
  • Integrating STEM, the arts, and design through evidence-based research and practice in teaching and learning
  • 3-D Experiences and Immersive Environments
  • Social Informatics
  • Innovation in design and digital arts

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

Stefan Duma

Stefan Duma

ICTAS Interim Director

Mission

The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science enhances the university’s ability to address large-scale research opportunities by crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries. ICTAS focuses on emerging technologies at the intersections of engineering, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences.

Focus Areas

  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Nano-bio Interface
  • Sustainable Energy & Renewable Materials
  • Safe Water
  • Cognitive and Communication Systems
  • National Security
  • Emerging Technologies

Institute for Society, Culture and Environment

Karen Roberto

Karen Roberto

Director of ISCE and University Distinguished Professor

Mission

The Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment's mission is to foster a creative, interactive, multidisciplinary structure for socially significant research and creative efforts in the social sciences, humanities, and arts at Virginia Tech.

Focus Areas

  • Global Issues Initiative
  • Human development and health
  • Rhetoric, representation, and public humanities
  • Social complexity, risk, and resilience
  • Community arts, built environments, and urban formations

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Michael J. Friedlander

Michael J. Friedlander

Founding Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Mission

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute conducts interdisciplinary and translational research within the medical sciences to facilitate discovery-based medical education and to continually improve patient care through discovery and research.

Focus Areas

  • Cancer biology
  • Cardiovascular science
  • Infectious diseases/immunology
  • Neuroscience, including addiction, computational psychiatry, neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, and decision-making science
  • Regenerative medicine research

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Tom Dingus

Tom Dingus

Director

Mission

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute develops and uses state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and technologies to solve transportation challenges.

Focus Areas

  • Human factors and safety
  • Transportation technology
  • Roadway infrastructure
  • Traffic mobility
  • Injury biomechanics
  • Transportation policy
  • Product development