Mike Bowers

Mike Bowers

Speaker 2016

Assistant Professor, School of Neuroscience

Mike Bowers is an Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech. Mike received his B.S. in biology and psychology from Oklahoma State University. He received his M.S in linguistics from the University of New Mexico and his PhD from Oklahoma State University. Mike received his postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Mike has been the recipient of several awards and grants in his early career. He received the University of Maryland School of Medicine Postdoctoral Scholar of the year award and also University of Maryland Program in Neuroscience future mentor of the year. Mike was also a recipient of the prestigious Hartwell Foundation Fellowship award and also received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship award and also the NIH Pathway to Independence award. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Mike gained international distinction for his discovery of a sex difference for a gene called FOXP2, which is responsible for brain development and language. Mike’s program of research focuses on how sex hormones and genes impact the development of the brain circuits responsible for language and communication disorders such as autism and stuttering.