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Visiting Professor, Surgery - General Surgery
Bio Katarzyna Wac, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Quality of Life technologies lab, Center for Informatics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Human-Centric Computing Section, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Research Vision: Leveraging behavioral markers to quantify and improve individuals’ Quality of Life in new ways – drawing on new emerging models from computer science incorporating examination and treatment of daily life as an “organ” – much like a cardiologist examines heart.
John Steven Wachtel, MD, FACOG
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General
Bio Dr. Wachtel has been practicing general obstetrics and gynecology for 38 years and has personally delivered over 6,000 babies. He continues to have an active practice in general ob/gyn, serving as a Clinical Professor. He is a nationally recognized expert in patient safety, peer review and data driven quality improvement and has served numerous roles in the field and lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Wachtel is the Assistant Secretary for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and currently serves on the ACOG National Executive Board and Executive Committee. He is the immediate Past Chair for ACOG District IX (the state of California) and also previously served for three years on the ACOG national Executive Board. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and is an Expert Medical Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focuses on understanding the human immune response to infectious diseases and vaccination. As part of Dr. Mark Davis' group, I have developed a high-throughput vaccine testing platform that enables rapid testing of new vaccine and adjuvant formulations from primary human tissues. A high throughput screening process that makes use of healthy human cells rather than animal models allows us to identify the most promising vaccine candidates rather than relying on animal models, which historically have been poor predictors of vaccine efficacy in humans. This model enables dissection of the cellular contributors to the adaptive response.
I also have an interest in systems immunology approaches to study human pediatric immune development in general, as this vulnerable population represents an important group for immunization against infectious diseases.
Alexei Wagner, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Applications of big data and machine learning in medicine
Developing mobile health applications
Analyzing streaming health data
Applications of video laryngoscopy in prehospital settings
Internet health search