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2023 DOM & WSE Research Retreat Recap

It was great to be back in Turner Auditorium and Concourse for our 2023 Department of Medicine and Whiting School of Engineering Research Retreat. We'd like to thank everyone who attended as well as our speakers and committee members for making this event a success. We'd also like to thank our keynote speaker Stephen Quake for his talk, "A Decade of Molecular Cell Atlases."

For a full list of abstracts and speakers, view the 2023 Research Retreat Program.

View a recording of the morning presentations and keynote address here.

The W. Leigh Thompson Excellence in Research Award

  • Basic Research Fellow Winner: Maria Viskadourou, MD, Abstract 33 "REST: A Novel Gene Against Atherosclerosis. Does Its Downregulation Result in Disease?"
  • Basic Research Faculty Winner: Priya Umapathi, MD, Abstract 99 "The Intersection of O-GlcNAc and YAP – A Novel Axis in the Development of Heart Failure"
  • Clinical Research Fellow Winner: Yumeng Wen, MD, Abstract 5 "Longitudinal Biomarkers of Kidney Injury, Inflammation, Tubular Health, and Kidney Disease Progression after Acute Kidney Injury"
  • Clinical Research Faculty Winner: Daisy Duan, MD, Abstract 3 "Sleep Patterns and Metabolic Syndrome Severity among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study"

Whiting School of Engineering Research Trainee Award

  • Changxin Lai, PhD, Abstract 76 "MARS-HCM: Multi-modal Deep Learning Method for Ventricular Arrhythmia (VA) Risk Stratification in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Patients"
  • Tatsuya Matsubara, PhD, Abstract 32 "Engineered Tubular Microchannel with Micro-/NanoPatterning for Collective Cell Migration

David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award

Dr. Hugh Calkins, Catherine Ellen Poindexter Professor of Cardiology

Dr. Hugh Calkins is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and the Cadriac Arrhythmia Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the Director of Heart Station at Johns Hopkins University and an internationally recognized expert on catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, syncope, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD), and arrhythmia management. Since 1992, he has mentored more than fifty prolific cardiologists and researchers who have gone on to impact the field, and he himself has published more than 500 articles and book chapters on a large variety of cardiac arrhythmias. Clinically, his mentorship style emphazises not only the complex-non-intuitive mastering of clinical cardiac eletrophysiology, but gracious and caring interactions with patients. Read more in the Retreat Program.

Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award


Dr. Chiadi Ndumele, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Chiadi Ndumele is the Director of Obesity and Cardiometabolic Research. Since becoming a faculty member in 2011, he has mentored many medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty members and played a pivotal role in their careers. His many accomplishments and accolades include the American Society for Clinical Investigation Council Young Physician-Scientist Award, Scholarly Concentrations Excellence in Mentoring Award at Johns Hopkins, multiple NIH-funded grants as a Primary Investigator or Co- Primary Investigator, extensive research portfolio including more than 100 publications and hundreds of abstracts, most of which are with mentees. Aside from Dr. Ndumele’s notable success as a researcher, he is an outstanding clinician, making him a true role model for all physician scientists. Read more in the Retreat Program.

Keep an eye out for event photos on our DOM Facebook page.


Kelsey Bennett