Our Team


Principle Investigator: Shannon Farris, Ph.D.

Shannon Farris
Shannon Farris

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.

Office: R2118

Phone: x8-2049    

Email: Farrissl@vtc.vt.edu    

Twitter: @sfarris721

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Research Assistant: Logan Campbell

Logan Campbell
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 lab manager and research assistant.

Logan is most excited to learn new neuroscience methods, specifically advanced imaging techniques. He also likes Thai food and spending time outdoors.

Email: Logancampbell@vtc.vt.edu

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/logan-campbell-a41481161


Research Assistant: Daniela Gil

Daniela Gil
Daniela Gil

Daniela Gil received a B.S in Experimental Neuroscience and a B.S in Psychology from Virginia Tech. She worked in the lab of Dr. Georgia Hodes investigating sex differences in the immune response to depression using a variable stress paradigm in mice. She joined FBRI in June 2020 as a research assistant.

Daniela is most excited about learning imaging, microscopy, and RNA localization. In her free time, she enjoys baking, learning guitar, and spending time outside whether it be a picnic outside her apartment or camping.

Email: daniela8@vt.edu


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 learning new techniques like expansion microscopy and getting to work with RNAseq data. She also enjoys art, music, and reading/writing.

Email: pannoni@vtc.vt.edu    

Twitter: @pina123


Postdoctoral Fellow: Joun Park, Ph.D.

Joun Park
Joun Park

Dr. Joun Park received a B.S. in Psychobiology at Binghamton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami. At Miami, he worked in Dr. Grace Zhai’s lab studying on the regulation of NMNAT alternative splicing by a microRNA.

Joun is most interested in subcellular localization of RNA and it’s role in the hippocampus. During his free time, he enjoys going to concerts and reading.

Email: jounpark@vt.edu    


Medical Student: Dinesh Lal

Dinesh Lal
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.

Email: dinlal@vt.edu


Undergraduate Research Assistant: Niesha Savory

Niesha Savory
Niesha Savory

Niesha Savory is pursuing a B.S. in Clinical Neuroscience from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She began the Summer FBRI NeuroSURF Program in May 2019 and continues to work in the lab part time.

Niesha is excited to learn skills in a lab and gain a deeper understanding of how scientific research is conducted and delivered. She also enjoys art, playing her violin and relaxing with friends.

Email: nieshasavory14@vt.edu

Twitter: @somatosavory

Linkedin: Niesha Savory


Lab Alumni

NeuroSURF Student: Senah Stevens

Senah Stephens
Senah Stephens

Senah Stephens is pursuing a B.S in Biochemistry and a B.S in Biological Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She began the FBRI NeuroSURF Program in Summer 2019.

Senah is excited to learn more about neuroscience and gain experience working in a lab. She enjoys cheering on the Hokies as a member of the VT Hightechs dance team, baking for others, and reading.