Michael Friedlander is the executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and senior dean for research of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. In the latter role, he oversees the school’s research education activities, leads the research value domain of the curriculum, and administers the research mentorship program.
Friedlander joined the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in June of 2010 following five years as the Wilhelmina Robertson Professor of Neuroscience, the chair of the Department of Neuroscience and the director of Neuroscience Initiatives at Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He serves as the principal investigator on research grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the Department of Defense on the cellular processes that underlie learning in the brain in health, during development and after traumatic brain injury.
Friedlander is the founding president of the Association of Medical School Neuroscience Department Chairs. He has served as chair of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) representing over 100 scientific and medical associations, on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-AAMC joint task force on the Scientific Foundations of Future Physicians and he currently serves on the AAMC National Research Advisory Panel and on the Medical College Admission Test Comprehensive Review Panel. Friedlander is the president-elect of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and serves as the associate editor for neuroscience of the Journal of Experimental Biology and Medicine and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroscience and Eye and Brain.