BLACKSBURG, Va., April 5, 2012 -- John Wingfield, Ph.D., Head of Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Endowed Chair of Physiology at University of California-Davis will visit VBI on Thurs, April 12.

Professor Wingfield will give the following presentations in the VBI Conference Center:

1:30-2:30 Presentation on Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation

3:00-4:00 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar- Putting the brakes on reproduction: implications for biomedicine, conservation, and global climate change

The presentations are free and open to the public. 

Professor Wingfield is an expert in environmental endocrinology particularly as it relates to the neurobiology of seasonality, coping with environmental stress, and social modulation of hormone secretion.  He is particularly well-known for his studies on migratory songbirds and has braved both Arctic weather and charismatic megafauna to study this natural phenomenon.

In the NSF video below, he discusses the challenges of basic research and its importance to our future:





For more information, see Professor Wingfield’s website:


About the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science, combining information technology, biology, and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 320 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, immunology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology, and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental, and wider communities.



Tiffany Trent

April 05, 2012