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DOM & WSE Research Retreat Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2024 Department of Medicine & Whiting School of Engineering Research Retreat and Poster Session. We'd like to say a special thank you the committee, everyone who submitted an abstract, our presenters and our admin team for making it a huge success. We had a record number of posters this year, and look forward to seeing the collaborations that will come from this multidisciplinary event. We'd also like to thank our keynote speaker Michael Snyder, PhD who traveled all the way from Stanford University to deliver his talk, "Disrupting Healthcare Using Deep Data and Remote Monitoring."

For a full list of abstracts and speakers, view the 2024 Research Retreat Program.

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

View Dr. Nadia Hansel's slides here.

The W. Leigh Thompson Excellence in Research Awards

Basic Research Fellow Winner

Akshay Sanghi, MD, PhD, Abstract 58
"Integrating epigenetic regulation with metabolic signaling in aggressive thyroid cancer"


  • Mohammad Keykhaei, Abstract 1
  • Nour Naji, Abstract 28
  • Shannon Niedermeyer, Abstract 72
  • Paula Reventun, Abstract 97

Basic Research Faculty Winner

Xiangbo Ruan, PhD, Abstract 12
"A novel non-coding genetic variant affects blood lipids by regulating a human-specific long non-coding RNA"


  • Elizabeth Luczak, Abstract 118
  • Reyhan Westbrook, Abstract 83

Clinical Research Fellow Winner

Richard Carrick, MD, PhD, Abstract 11
"Identification of High-Risk Imaging Features in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Using Electrocardiography: A Deep-Learning Approach"


  • Ashkan Abdollahi, Abstract 114
  • Aida Metri, Abstract 66
  • Matthew Meyers, Abstract 87
  • Chigolum Oyeka, Abstract 64

Clinical Research Faculty Winner

Lolita Nidadavolu, MD, PhD, Abstract 79
"Identifying frailty sub-populations based on cell-free DNA tissue of origin"


  • Ravi Gupta, Abstract
  • Joban Vaishnav, Abstract 36

Whiting School of Engineering Research Awards

Trainee Winners

Sue Min Cho, MSE, PhD, Abstract 163
"Human-centered assurance in technology-assisted surgery"
Michael Waight, MD, Abstract 5
"Determining the Accuracy of MRI-based Computational Modelling in Predicting Critical Substrate in Ventricular Tachycardia"

Lab Excellence Winner

Kimia Ghobadi, MSc, MEng, PhD, Abstract 164
"A prediction and optimization framework for improving hospital capacity management during demand surges"


  • Fardin Ganjkhanloo, Abstract 130
  • Derosh George, Abstract 125
  • Francis Manno, Abstract 140
  • Joshua Popp, Abstract 65
  • Piyush Raj, Abstract 31
  • Kehan Ren, Abstract 22
  • Yutong Zhu, Abstract 120

David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Awards

William Checkley, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

“Dr. Checkley exemplifies all of the traits faculty at Johns Hopkins should strive to model, that is, an incredibly productive, groundbreaking and innovating physician-scientist while providing unselfish, personalized, thoughtful mentorship to junior faculty." -Eric McCollum, MD

Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, MPH, Co-Director, Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Joint Appointment in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

“Dr. Selvin…is constantly teaching, elevating and inspiring those around her, and has launched the careers of many of us to heights we never envisioned. We are very honored to write this letter in support of Dr. Selvin for the David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, and can think of no one more deserving of the recognition." -Caitlin Hicks, MD & Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH

Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award

Luigi Adamo, MD, PhD, Director, Cardiac Immunology Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

“Our careers will forever be touched by the boundless energy, optimism and creativity which he embodies. I hope to bring the same attitude and gusto to my future mentorship relationships." -Jana Lovell, MD

Event Photos


Kelsey Bennett

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