November 1, 2016, 8:30am - 6pm

From the basic building blocks of matter to the social structures that keep us safe and healthy, biocomplexity touches every facet of our lives. At the 2016 Biocomplexity Institute Research Symposium, we are inviting our scientific community to showcase innovations that extend “From Molecules to Policy.”


Science lovers of all backgrounds are invited to explore the Biocomplexity Institute's 2016 Research Symposium on November 1.

Whether you’re a tech enthusiast looking to learn more about the capabilities of high-performance computing or a researcher seeking feedback on your latest findings, you won’t want to miss out on this event.

Getting Started: 

  • Plan Your Symposium: Browse the schedule below and start selecting the sessions you’d like to attend—you won’t want to miss the keynote address! Check back for more information about speakers and panels. 
  • See our Poster Presentations: Want to see the latest developments in Biocomplexity research? Learn more about our poster presentation session.
  • Attend Online: Can’t make it to campus? Only able to join us for part of the day? No problem—click here to livestream the entire event on YouTube.

Symposium Schedule

8:30am Registration and Networking
9:00am Opening Remarks

Chris Barrett - Executive Director, Biocomplexity Institute
9:30am Keynote Address

Theresa Mayer - Vice President for Research and Innovation, Virginia Tech
Charles Steger - President Emeritus, Virginia Tech
10:30am Coffee Break

Panel: Policy Analysis and Determination via Integrative Computational Sciences

  • Moderator
    Mark Orr - Research Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute

  • Sallie Keller - Director and Professor, Biocomplexity Institute
  • Bryan Lewis - Research Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute
  • Rebecca Hester - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Science & Technology in Society
  • Kaja Abbas - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Population Health Sciences
  • Adam Eckerd - Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

Panel: Use of High-Performance Computing in the Life Sciences

Fenix Huang - Research Assistant Professor, Biocomplexity Institute
Eric Nordberg - Research Scientist, Biocomplexity Institute

Kevin Shinpaugh - Director of Information Technology and Computing Services, Biocomplexity Institute
Bob Settlage - Computational Scientist, Advanced Research Computing
David Bevan - Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry
David Xie - Research Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute
Rebecca Wattam - Research Assistant Professor, Biocomplexity Institute

12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Panel: Massively Interacting Biological Systems

Raquel Hontecillas-Magarzo - Research Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute


Madhav Marathe - Director and Professor, Biocomplexity Institute
Josep Bassaganya-Riera - Director and Research Professor, Biocomplexity Institute
Stanca Ciupe - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mathematics
David Bevan - Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry

2:15pm Coffee Break

Panel: From Molecules to Policy - Translating Fundamental Discovery for the Benefit of Humanity

Shiv Kale - Research Scientist, Biocomplexity Institute

TM Murali - Professor, Dept. of Computer Science
John Tyson - Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Rangaswamy Muniappan - Director, IPM Innovation Lab
Christian Reidys - Director and Professor, Biocomplexity Institute

3:30pm Closing Remarks

Chris Barrett - Executive Director, Biocomplexity Institute
4:00pm Poster Session and Wine & Cheese Reception
5:45pm Poster Awards

Poster Presentations

Our poster presentation session provides a unique opportunity for researchers to share their work with the Virginia Tech community and foster further collaborations across campus. 

  • Want a sneak preview? Click here to read a full catalogue of research projects being presented at this year's poster session.
  • Are you a presenter?  Follow the instructions below to ensure your poster is displayed properly. 

Poster and Presentation Guidelines

  • Before the symposium, format your abstract into a poster which may include graphs, tables, and charts.
  • Maximum poster size is 24”x36”, portrait.
  • Presenters are responsible for having their posters printed. VT Printing Services phone number is 231-6701.
  • Presenters should bring their posters with them to the Symposium on 11/1. There is no place for them to be stored in advance.
  • Presenters are expected to be available at their poster during the entire session.
  • QR codes with a maximum size of 1"x1" are permitted in the lower corner of posters.

Poster Setup

  • Presenters should arrive on site to have their posters up between 12:00pm and 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 1.
  • Posters will be arranged in the second floor reception area and the 2nd floor collaboration area in Phase 2.
  • The Biocomplexity Institute will provide materials for mounting your poster, including an easel, pushpins, and a backing board. The poster session is currently scheduled to begin at 4:00pm and conclude at 6:00pm. 

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