Principle Investigator: Shannon Farris, Ph.D.
Dr. Farris received a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007. She went on to complete her Ph.D. at the University of California Irvine with Dr. Oswald Steward and was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Serena Dudek at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Farris joined the FBRI and the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology as an assistant professor in late 2018.
Throughout her career, Dr. Farris has been interested in the molecular mechanisms regulating synaptic plasticity, such as local translation in dendrites. Currently, she is interested in how these processes differ between genetically distinct cell types and how these differences contribute to the plasticity underlying learning.
Outside of the lab, Dr. Farris is interested in science policy and enjoys snowboarding out west.
Email: Farrissl@vtc.vt.edu Office: R2118
Phone: x8-2049 Twitter: @sfarris721
Faculty Page: http://research.vtc.vt.edu/people/shannon-farris/
Research Assistant: Logan Campbell
Logan Campbell received a B.S. in biology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. There, he worked in the lab of Dr. Michael Opata investigating how nutrition and age effect the severity of malaria infection in mice. He joined FBRI in December 2018 as a research assistant.
Logan is most excited to learn new neuroscience methods, specifically advanced imaging techniques. He also likes Thai food and spending time outdoors.
Postdoctoral Fellow: Katy Pannoni, Ph.D.
Dr. Katy Pannoni received a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Davis. For her dissertation, she worked in the lab of Dr. William DeBello investigating the ultrastructure and synaptic connectivity of a microcircuit in the barn owl that integrates auditory and visual information. She joined FBRI in February 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow.
Katy is most excited about about learning new techniques like expansion microscopy and getting to work with RNAseq data. She also enjoys art, music, and reading/writing.
Graduate Student: Keith Baugh
Keith Baugh received a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Fort Lewis College. There, he worked in the labs of Dr. Steven Fenster and Dr. Erin Lehmer investigating alternative splicing patterns in the PCLO gene, the role of neuronal interleukin 16 in learning and memory, and the western progression of White Nose Syndrome in bachelor bat colonies. He joined the TBMH graduate program in fall 2018 and is currently a rotation student in the Farris lab.
Keith is most excited about studying the molecular underpinnings of learning and memory. He also likes playing strategy games and hiking.
Medical Student: Dinesh Lal
Dinesh Lal received a B.S in Biology from The University of Richmond. During his time there, he worked on a project exploring the mouth morphology and feeding behaviors of bacterial-feeding nematodes. He joined the VTC School of Medicine in Fall 2018.
Dinesh is most excited about learning more about the brain and being a part of a lab. Outside of school, he enjoys watching and playing sports.