Hosted by: SciWorks and Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University

Science Cafés are free, informal talks that offer you a chance to learn about the latest research from a regional scientist.

Next Science Café


March’s Science Café is at 7 pm, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons.

  • Presented By: Kiran Solingapuram Sai, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
  • Topic: New Imaging Methods for Cancer and Other Diseases. Applications of two important imaging techniques: PET and SPECT will be introduced. The talk includes review of recent developments related to nuclear medicine that will allow the next generation of tracers to be developed and describes how we are incorporating new tracers into clinical trials. The major areas of tracer development that can benefit from several novel PET tracers are oncology, neurology and cardiology.

River Ridge Taphouse is located at 1480 River Ridge Dr, Clemmons, NC 27012


April’s Science Café  is at 7 pm, Thursday, April 14, 2016, at River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons.

  • Presented By: Johanna Porter-Kelley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology at Winston-Salem State University
  • Topic: MicroRNAs in Leishmania braziliensis Using Bioinformatics. Leishmania is a protozoan parasite that infects 88 million people worldwide. Using the latest sequencing and bioinformatics tools we have shown microRNAs in these parasites. Our hypothesis is that microRNAs regulate post-transcriptional regulation in these parasites.

May’s Science Café  is at 7 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016, at River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons.

  • Presented By: Max Messinger, Founder of Linn Aerospace, Research Fellow with WFU Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Topic: Drones and the Amazon. Max Messinger has spent the last four years developing, building, and using a variety of drones to monitor the health of those forests. In the lab at Wake Forest, Max focused on how Amazonian forests respond to climate change and local human activity. He  will present the results of his work and the future of drones in ecology and conservation.