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Department of Medicine & Whiting School of Engineering Research Retreat

Friday, March 18, 2022

Celebrating Five Years of Medicine and Engineering Research Collaboration

Keynote Speaker:

Daniel Kraft, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard-trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator and is serving as the Chair of the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance Task Force. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has served as faculty chair for Medicine at Singularity University since its inception in 2008, and is founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.



Retreat Agenda:

8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
Nicholas Zachos, PhD
Jamie Spangler, PhD

8:10 a.m.

Department of Medicine Updates
Mark E. Anderson, MD, PhD

8:30 a.m.

Whiting School of Engineering Remarks
T.E "Ed" Schlesinger, PhD

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address
Daniel Kraft, MD

10:00 a.m.

Featured Speakers
Celebrating Five Years of Medicine and Engineering Research Collaboration

Ellen Mowry, MD
Jeff Tza-Huei Wang, PhD
Ramalingam Chellappa, PhD and Peter Abadir, MD

10:45 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m.

Spotlight on Research - moderated by Peter Abadir and Steven Cohen, PhD
Elisa Ignatius, MD (DOM)
Michael Schatz, PhD (WSE)
Chirag Parikh, MD, PhD (DOM)
Ralph-Etienne Cummings, PhD, FIEEE, FAIMBE, FASI (WSE)
Sean Murphy, PhD (DOM)
Patrick Cahan, PhD (WSE)
Cynthia Sears, MD (DOM)
Efie Kokkoli, PhD (WSE)

12:00 p.m.

Mentoring Awards Presentations
The David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award

Presented by David Levine, MD
The Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award 
Presented by Jeanne Clark, MD

12:15 p.m.

Basic, Clinical and Engineering Research Award Presentations

The W. Leigh Thompson Excellence in Research Award
Presented by Brian O’Rourke, PhD and Clifton ‘Bing’ Bingham, MD

  • Basic Fellow Winner – Liping Li, MD, PhD
  • Basic Faculty Winner – Joanna Melia, MD
  • Clinical Fellow Winner – Yaa Adoma Kwapong, MBChB, MP
  • Clinical Faculty Winner - Venkata Akshintala, MD

Whiting School of Engineering Award Winners
Presented by Jamie Spangler, PhD

  • Trainee Award Winner – Anna Favaro, MSc
  • Trainee Award Winner – Paul Sargunas, BE, BS
  • Lab Excellence Award Winner – Jeremy Brown, PhD
2:00 p.m.Retreat Closing

For questions, please contact retreat co-chairs: Dr. Nicholas Zachos ( or Dr. Jamie Spangler (