STEM Tavern @ Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining? Why, beer of course! Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the museum! A food truck may also be on hand and you are always welcome to bring your own food.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks start at 6 pm!

If you would like to receive a reminder on the day of each STEM Tavern, please let us know!

If you are interested in presenting at one of our STEM Tavern events, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at or 540.342.5718.

November 14:  Mitch Allen “The new energizer bunny: peptide treatment keeps our heart’s batteries going, and going, and going…”

Your body is powered by millions of tiny batteries. These batteries, called mitochondria, give us the energy we need to see mountains, walk our dogs, and hug our loved ones. Unfortunately, during disease our mitochondria become ill, fall apart, and are unable to make the energy we need to function. This is the story about how our lab helped develop a clinically-staged medicine to treat sick mitochondria and restore energy production during heart disease. During the talk, we’ll visualize how the drug glues diseased mitochondria back together using high resolution, 3D microscopy. These images are the first of their kind and demonstrate how medicine can be developed to protect and recharge our body’s batteries.

Mitch Allen is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech under the mentorship of Dr. Dave Brown in the department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. Most of his work to date has studied how we can develop medicine to improve energy production in the heart. His hope is that one day these medicines will help patients live happy, healthy lives. Outside of work, he plays and coaches hockey in the Roanoke Valley Hockey Association, enjoys the outdoors, and spends time with his beautiful girlfriend, Emily.

December 12: Available

Please contact Sarah Van Zele at or 540.342.5718 if you are interested in presenting on this date.

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