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Welcome to cardioSURF

American Heart Association and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Hands-on Experience in Cardiovascular Research and Cutting-Edge Imaging Technologies

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Imaging Human Brain Vascular Activity in Real Time


Measuring Cardiac Function in Human Disease Models

Whole Organ Optical Mapping

Visualizing Electical Activity in the Heart

Sub-cellular Confocal Microscopy

Visualizing Protein Transport and Interaction During Cardiac Stress and Infection

Super-resolution Localization

Localizing Molecular Complexes at the Nanoscale Level within Human Cells

Electron Microscopy

Visualizing Biology at the Nanoscale from Ribosomes to Cardiotropic Viruses and SARS-CoV-2

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is one of Virginia Tech’s only research institute devoted solely to biomedical research. It opened on Sept. 1, 2010, welcoming new faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and staff from across the United States and throughout the world. The institute has grown rapidly, and as of 2023 holds more than $170 million in research grant funding, primarily from the National Institutes of Health, with nearly 40 research laboratories.

The American Heart Association FBRI cardioSURF program is a 10-week long hands-on summer program that gives students the opportunity to participate in hypothesis-driven independent research using cutting-edge imaging technologies at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, Virginia. 

Are you a rising junior or senior at a university in the United States looking to devote your summer to full-time research and explore a potential career in science? See if cardioSURF is the right opportunity for you.

Each summer, we are thrilled to welcome our new cohort of students to Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.  View a list of our students by cohort year, from 2017 thorugh 2023. 

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