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2020 DOM/WSE Research Retreat

The 2020 Department of Medicine & Whiting School of Engineering Research Retreat will take place on Friday, February 28. The theme is Nanomedicine: Treating Diseases at the Molecular Level and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Steven Chu of Stanford University, Nobel Laureate in Physics and the 12th United States Secretary of Energy.

The keynote address will be followed by a moderated panel discussion on nanomedicine featuring Dr. Chu, as well as preeminent Hopkins leaders in nanotechnology. Panelists will include Dr. Jordan Green, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Neurosurgery, Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Dr. Laura Ensign, Marcella E. Woll Professor of Ophthalmology; Vice Chair for Research, Wilmer Eye Institute, and Dr.  Denis Wirtz , Vice Provost for Research, Theophilus Halley Smoot Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering-Whiting School of Engineering.

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Spotlight on Research

New this year, we'll have an exciting session of JHU’s top-rated science. This fast-paced, interactive session will showcase some of the past year’s best science that came out of the Department of Medicine and the Whiting School of Engineering. Presenters will give the highlights of their research findings in five minutes or less.

Speakers (in order of appearance):

  • Reza Kalhor, PhD, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering: “Mapping Development with Genomic Barcodes”
  • Amita Gupta, MD, professor, Infectious Diseases: “Safety of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy for the Prevention of Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Pregnant Women:  Results from a Multicountry Trial”
  • Jordan Green, PhD, professor, Biomedical Engineering: “Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Genetic Engineering”
  • Mark Ranek, PhD, assistant professor, Cardiology: “A Single Serine puts the Freeze on Heart Disease”
  • Honggang Cui, PhD, associate professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: “Self-Assembling Prodrugs"
  • Laura Ensign-Hodges, PhD, associate professor, Biomedical Engineering and Infectious Diseases: “A tough pill to swallow:  the case for local drug delivery”
  • Luo Gu, PhD, assistant professor, Materials Science & Engineering: “Biomaterials for Immunotherapy and Gene Editing”
  • Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, professor, Gastroenterology: “Detecting Cancer Earlier”
  • Ishan Barman, PhD, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering: “Decoding cancer with multi-scale Raman imaging”
  • Enid Neptune, MD, associate professor, Pulmonary: “Mucus. What is it Bad For?”

Kelsey Bennett