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From 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Hopkins Club, the Whiting School of Engineering will celebrate two milestones:
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Ilya Shpitser, in the Department of Computer Science, will hold the John C. Malone Assistant Professorship, one of a series of professorships provided by John C. Malone, MS ’64, PhD ’69 to help recruit and retain faculty with the goal of improving healthcare using a systems-based approach. A data/inference specialist who focuses on inferring cause-effect relationships, Ilya will be a member of the new center. His research includes all areas of causal inference and missing data, particularly using graphical models. Recently, his work has helped distinguish between causation and association in observational medical data. Ilya started at Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor this summer, received his PhD under the supervision of Judea Pearl at UCLA, was a postdoctoral scholar in the program on causal inference at the School of Public Health at Harvard, and was a lecturer in statistics at the University of Southampton.
The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, under the leadership of Greg Hager, the Mandell Bellmore Professor in the Department of Computer Science, is a multidisciplinary research initiative that will foster partnerships among engineers, clinicians, and scientists across Johns Hopkins University to catalyze, develop, and deploy innovations aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.
John Malone has been remarkably generous in his support of Johns Hopkins, including a gift for the construction and naming of Malone Hall. The building, which opened in 2014, is designed to advance cutting-edge collaborative and translational research and has set a new standard for academic research facilities at Johns Hopkins. The Whiting School is grateful for Dr. Malone’s continued support of professorships and the naming of this new center in the Whiting School of Engineering.
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology Seminar Series will present Vipul Periwal from the National Institutes of Health and his discussion on “Quantitatively predicting the effects of therapeutic intervention in human disease.”
Periwal is a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health in the Intramural Research Program. His focus is on computational medicine and biological modeling with a goal to use biological modeling to predict systemic responses to perturbations. His current research includes data-driven large-scale biological modeling of disease, model of reactive oxygen species in mitochondria, and adipocyte development and insulin resistance.
Light refreshments will be provided.
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology Summer Seminar Series will present Jay Baraban from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his discussion on “Understanding How a MicroRNA System Affects Synapse Plasticity.”
Baraban, a professor of neuroscience and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, focuses his research on the neuronal signaling pathways that mediate neuronal morphology and synaptic efficacy, particularly neuronal plasticity induced by environmental stimuli, including drugs. Baraban and his colleagues have identified a protein that changes the strength of a message sent from one nerve to another and which may play a role in addictive behaviors.
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology Summer Seminar Series will present Justin Taraska, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, for a discussion on “Understanding the Molecular Topology of the Plasma Membrane.”
Taraska, PI at NHLBI, is a 2012 PECASE recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Taraska studies how vesicles fuse with and are recaptured from the cell surface in excitable cells. He seeks to identify the proteins that control these processes and determine their impact on human health and disease. Focusing on techniques that utilize fluorescence to image the molecular behavior of proteins in parallel with using evanescent field, spectral, and confocal microscopy to image the behavior of individual vesicles in real time.
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology hosts Jerry S.H. Lee for a seminar on “The Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives: Perspectives on its History, Development and Continuing Mission.”
Lee, Health Sciences Director at NCI’s Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI) provides leadership and input in planning, developing, and implementing rapid strategic scientific and technology initiatives. This includes direct development and application of advanced technologies, creation of new trans-disciplinary teams, and use of available federal funding mechanisms to forge novel partnerships that emphasize innovation and convergence of scientific disciplines. In 2016, Dr. Lee was assigned to the Office of the Vice President to serve as the Deputy Director for Cancer Research and Technology for the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology hosts Steven M. Jay, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, for a seminar on “Uncovering New Insights into Vascular Pharmaceutical Biology and the Design of New Biotherapeutics.”
Steven M. Jay is involved in projects at the interface of vascular and cancer biology, and bioengineering, with the objective of generating new therapies that can be translated to clinical use. His research aims to uncover new biological insights towards the design and development of novel biopharmaceuticals, including proteins and extracellular vesicles (exosomes) through protein engineering for therapeutic vascularization, engineering exosomal nanotechnology for translational therapeutic delivery, and enhancing tissue engineering through drug delivery.