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SOM Festival of Science 2021




Festival of Science 2021 Booklet

“Transplantation Research & Discovery”

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Virtual Webinar

Click Here for the Festival of Science 2021 Booklet

This year’s Festival of Science was a virtual celebration of innovative research on the theme of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Program in Transplantation Research and Discovery. This half-day event is the cornerstone of the school's special research initiative, which aims to significantly increase the pace and scope of innovation and discovery, with the ultimate goal of improving human health and well-being.

The 2021 event presented a dynamic program, including keynote speaker Dr. Joel Cooper, who is credited with leading the team that completed the world's first successful lung transplantation.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants were be able to:

  • Describe the multifaceted approaches undertaken by School of Medicine investigators in understanding and performing transplants.
  • Identify potential collaborators working in the transplantation area.
  • Consult appropriate subspecialists to create an integrated team that will deliver optimal care for patients undergoing transplantation.



9:00 a.m.


E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore
John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and
Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine
9:05 a.m.

Dean’s Distinguished Gold Medal Presentation

Claire Fraser, PhD
Dean’s Endowed Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Roberto Romero, MD, DMSc
Chief, Perinatology Research Branch
Head of the Program for Perinatal Research and Obstetrics, Division of Intramural Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

9:15 a.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Christine Lau, MD
Dr. Robert W. Buxton Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery

9:20 a.m.

Keynote Address

Joel Cooper, MD
Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania

9:40 a.m.

Research Vision & Overview: Program in Transplantation
Mission of the UMSOM Integrated Transplant Program

Daniel Maluf, MD
Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, Program in Transplantation

10:00-10:55 a.m.
Topics in Transplantation: Session One: System Biology in Transplantation


Terry Rogers, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Associate Dean for Research Development and Administration
Chief Conflict of Interest Officer

10:00 a.m.

Lymphatics and Lymph Nodes Regulate Lymphocyte Migration and Tolerance: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Jonathan Bromberg, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery

10:15 a.m.

Q&A with Scientific Advisory Council

10:20 a.m.

Frailty Assessment in Advanced Heart Failure

Susan Joseph, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

10:35 a.m.

Q&A with Scientific Advisory Council

10:40 a.m.

Mechanisms of Lung Allograft Tolerance

Alexander Krupnick, MD
Professor, Department of Surgery
Vice Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Director, Lung Transplant Program

10:55 a.m.

Q&A with Scientific Advisory Council

11:10 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Topics in Transplantation: Session 2: From the Bench to the Bedside


Curt Civin, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Associate Dean for Research

11:10 a.m.

Cardiac Xenotransplantation

Muhammad Mohiuddin, MBBS
Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, Cardiac Xenotransplantation Program

11:25 a.m.

Q&A with Scientific Advisory Council

11:30 a.m.

The Single Cell Transcriptomic Landscape of the Failing Kidney Graft

Valeria Mas, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery

11:45 a.m.

Q&A with Scientific Advisory Council

11:50 a.m.

Impaired Humoral Responses to SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Single Center Cohort Study

Kapil Saharia, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Chief, Solid Organ Transplant Infectious Diseases Service

12:05 p.m.

Q&A with Scientific Advisory Council

12:20 p.m.


E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA


Scientific Advisory Council

Scientific Advisory Council

These internationally acclaimed and distinguished scientists and council members include:

Gilbert Omenn, MD, PhD
Scientific Advisory Council Chair

Professor, Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics; Human Genetics; Molecular Medicine & Genetics; Public Health, School of Public Health; and Harold T. Shapiro Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan
Member, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Gilbert Omenn served as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997-2002. He is the director of the UM Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. He is a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Omenn's research focuses on cancer proteomics and informatics. He is especially interested in the role of differential expression of alternative splice isoforms of proteins and transcripts in specific cancer-related pathways.

Rita Colwell, PhD

Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland College Park; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Former Director, National Science Foundation
2006 National Medal of Science
Member, National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and President and Chairman of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests focus on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, headquartered in New York City.

Diane E. Griffin, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair, W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Founding Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute
Member, National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Diane Griffin is University Distinguished Service Professor and Alfred and Jill Sommer Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Griffin is a virologist recognized for her work on the pathogenesis of viral infections. She is known particularly for her studies on measles and alphavirus encephalomyelitis that have delineated the role of the immune response in virus clearance, vaccine-induced protection from infection, tissue damage and immune suppression.

George C. Hill, PhD

Past Levi Watkins, Jr. MD Professor for Diversity in Medical Education; Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and of Medical Education & Administration; Former Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Vanderbilt University
Past President, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Member, National Academy of Medicine

Dr. George Hill is currently the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Emeritus and the Levi Watkins, Jr. Professor in Medical Education Emeritus at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs for Vanderbilt University (2011-2012). From 2002-2011, he served as Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education and successfully initiated and led the increase in diversity at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also served as the President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases from 2009-2011 and received the John P. Utz Leadership Award from this organization.

Past Members include:

  • Carol Greider, PhD, 2009 Nobel Laureate
  • Philip Needleman, PhD, UMSOM alumnus, Class of 1964; discoverer of celecoxib (brand name Celebrex)
  • Ralph Snyderman, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University
  • Elias Zerhouni, MD, President of Global R&D, Sanofi; past National Institutes of Health Director



Accreditation and Credit Designation

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For questions regarding CME and registration, please contact:

Althea Pusateri
Program Coordinator
Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development


Contact Us

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa L. Joseph
Lead Strategic Initiatives Specialist
Office of the Dean
University of Maryland School of Medicine
410-706-2734 (office) or 803-317-3504 (cell)