Dr. Nathan Cuka is Chief Resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame College of Science Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He worked in nuclear astrophysics research and Unix-based system administration before starting a career in software engineering focused on database driven web-based software applications. Dr. Cuka returned to medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society his Junior year. He is currently in his final year of a combined Anatomic/Clinical pathology residency and will be pursuing a Hematopathology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital starting in 2015. Dr. Cuka’s research interests include component-based multi-threaded whole slide image analysis frameworks for tumor microenvironment investigation.
Dr. Vadim Pinskiy received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he worked as part of the Mouse Brain Architecture group to map the whole-brain connectivity of the mouse. Vadim worked on the engineering component of the project and oversaw the development of high-throughput methods to combine classical tract tracing methods, with improved histopathology processing (sectioning, staining) and digital whole-slide imaging. Vadim worked to maximize the practical potential of whole-slide microscopes. This effort resulted in the scanning of over 500,000 slides and the assembly of that data into a public resource where high-resolution image files can be easily accessed across the web. Vadim is interested to further this work to clinical applications and help guide digital pathology into the mainstream.
Dr. Nick Reder is a first-year AP/CP resident at the University of Washington. He earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Michigan, a M.P.H. in epidemiology from Emory University, and a M.D. from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. His passions for technology, mathematics, and discovering the mechanisms of disease have made the field of digital pathology a perfect fit. He has begun a project under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Schmechel aiming to quantify tumor heterogeneity in whole slide images from prostate cancer specimens. He is very excited to be able to attend Pathology Visions 2014, and looks forward to meeting his new colleagues during an enlightening conference.