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Shannon Farris, Ph.D. in lab



addiction research

Addiction Recovery

Our researchers work at the intersection of behavioral study and neuroscience to target the impaired decision-making processes underlying addictive behaviors.

human glioma brain tumor cells and surrounding astrocytes


We are rigorously searching for the next generation of targeted cancer therapies in aggressive forms of brain and breast cancer.

human glioma brain tumor cells and surrounding astrocytes

Cardiovascular Science

With heart disease as the nation’s leading killer, we are elucidating cardiomyopathy, heart attack, sudden cardiac death, and stroke on a molecular scale.

Children's Health Research at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Children's Health

We want every child to reach their full potential, which is why our researchers study pediatric cancers, brain development and disorders, and neuro rehabilitation.

astrocytes, brain micropscopy

Health Behaviors

We are studying ways to prevent and treat lifestyle-related disorders, such as obesity, substance use, and Type 2 diabetes.

brain scan

Human Neuroscience

Our scientists are developing new ways to study human behavior, brain function, decision-making, and brain disorders.

COVID-19 research

Infectious Disease

At Fralin Biomedical we seek to understand how pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites infect host cells. 

brain development, brain micropscopy

Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

We examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain development to understand how brain cells are altered by genetic variations, neurodegenerative disorders, trauma, and aging.