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We are pleased to have you join us for the 15th annual Medical Student Research Symposium of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As clinicians in training, we are fortunate to work among faculty who conduct a broad range of investigation that yields advances in the knowledge of human health. For the past fourteen years, we have been privileged to have an event that presents the extensive endeavors that students take to advance this mission at the school.

The mission of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is to educate medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in accordance with the highest professional standards; to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the basic sciences.

The Medical Student Research Symposium is a forum for medical students at Johns Hopkins to present their own research to the greater Hopkins community. It is an opportunity for students to participate in the exchange of intellectual ideas in a professional format and meet faculty who relish the pursuit of better science and more effective medicine. Our mission is for the Medical Student Research Symposium to foster the development of young researchers who will aid in the advancement of scientific medicine for years to come.

Program Schedule

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12:00 - 12:15 PM Registration & Lunch
AMEB main lobby
12:20 - 2:00 PM Podium Presentations
AMEB 1st floor lecture hall
2:00 - 2:45 PM Poster Session A
AMEB 2nd floor atrium
2:45 - 3:30 PM Poster Session B
AMEB 2nd floor atrium
3:30 - 3:40 PM Refreshments
AMEB 3rd floor atrium
3:40 - 4:45 PM Oral Presentations
AMEB 2nd and 3rd floor presentation rooms
4:50 - 6:00 PM MSRS Award Ceremony featuring
Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Siliciano: Lessons from a career in HIV research
AMEB 1st floor lecture hall
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Keynote Speaker

Photo of Dr. Robert Siliciano
Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD

Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Department, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In his research, he studies HIV-1 infection, latency, and antiretroviral therapy (ART). His lab was the first to demonstrate the significant barrier that latent HIV-1 infection in CD4+ T cells presented to the cure of HIV-1. His lab also studies the immunology of HIV, with particular interest towards patients who can control HIV-1 without ART.

Presentation Examples

Microscopic view of pancreatic cancer colonizing ampullary epithelium from a Whipple specimen
Three dimensional reconstruction of the aorta and coronary vasculature.
This image is a three-dimensional reconstruction primarily of the aorta and coronary vasculature (in red), taken from ultra-high-resolution coronary computed tomography angiography. This is a state-of-the-art method and Hopkins is one of only two institutions in the US with this technology which allows unprecedented non-invasive evaluation of coronary artery disease. The heart chambers are left as mesh structures for better visualization of the coronaries.
– Benjamin Shou

Podium Session (12:00 - 2:00 PM)

Podium Session
12:20 PM Emily Rodriguez Hospitales y Jefes: The Role of the Hospital System in supporting the Guatemalan Military Regime
12:32 PM Raymond So Multiple vessel compression of the trigeminal nerve is associated with worse outcomes in trigeminal neuralgia following microvascular decompression
12:44 PM Justin Huang Peripheral and tumor T cell repertoire reshaping reflects clinical outcomes with combined radiation and immunotherapy for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
12:56 PM Sonia Hamilton Postpartum Readmission in Maryland by Race/Ethnicity
1:08 PM Matthew Kelly “We are a Forgotten People”: Perspectives on Mental Health and Suicide among New York City Yellow Taxi Drivers
1:20 PM August Bratti RBP3 Knockout as a Genetic Model for Myopia in Retinitis Pigmentosa
1:32 PM Andrew Ly CD19-directed CAR T-cell therapy for relapsed/refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia is feasible for older patients in outpatient setting
1:44 PM Kathleen Ran To replace the bone flap or not? An investigation of neurosurgical decision-making and patient outcomes following traumatic subdural hematoma

Poster Session A (2:00 - 2:45 PM)
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Poster Session A
No. Name Title
1 Calvin Schuster Investigating the Impact of Collagen-Based Conduits on Nerve Outcomes in Wounds with Exposed Nerves
2 Hana Minsky MAP Kinase pathway mutations may influence the immune response to enterotoxigenic Bacteroides fragilis in BRAFV600E and KrasG12DE mice
3 Luke Tomasovic Engineering Humanized Bispecific Antibodies for the Targeted Inhibition of Cancer Metastasis
4 Tara Srinivas The long noncoding RNA NEAT1 mediates mitochondrial dynamics in Rett Syndrome
5 Albert Leng The Association between Thrombocytopenia and Bleeding in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
6 Anita Kalluri Impact of hormonal receptor expression on growth rate of meningiomas: a volumetric analysis stratified by progesterone and estrogen receptor expression
7 Anthony Davidson Associations Between Head Injury and Mild Behavioral Impairment Across the Cognitive Spectrum
8 Ava Niknahad Analysis of Pediatric Pain Service and Opioid Usage in Open Repair of Non-syndromic Craniosynostosis Patients
9 Chi Trinh Predictors and Trends of Inappropriate Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy during Benign Hysterectomy following ACOG 2008 Practice Bulletin
10 Daniel Kargilis The Impact of Standard Image Preprocessing on Deep Learning Models for Chest Radiographs: An Overlooked Source of Performance Variability
11 Eduardo Paredes Analyzing the Persistence of Psoriasis in Pharmacologically Immunosuppressed Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Retrospective Chart Review
12 Ethan Knight Poor Predictive Capacity of the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (H2FPEF) Score in Systemic Sclerosis Patients
13 Jacob Murphy Academic Medical Center and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Collaboration to Enhance Care of Underserved Communities
14 Jarod Olson Impact of Controlled vs. Uncontrolled mFI-5 Frailty on Perioperative Complications following Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery
15 John Loftus Documentation of Combinatorial Pharmacogenetic Testing Among Psychiatric Services in a Large Hospital System Electronic Health Record
16 Joyce Cheng Obstetric Risk Profile of Serial Amnioinfusions for Renal Anhydramnios
17 Kelly Jiang The Long-Term Learning Curve of Robot-Assisted Pedicle Screw Placement: Analysis of 1,489 Screws
18 Lily Kwak Can Breast MRI Predict Residual Disease in Breast Cancer following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy? Positive Predictive Value based on Molecular Subtype
19 Max Saint-Germain Risk factors, indications, and efficacy of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) diversion for patients with high-grade glioma (HGG)-associated hydrocephalus
20 Patrick Pryal Identification of active HCV infection among hospitalized patients using an electronic medical record alert
21 Sean Bunachita Evaluating Treatment Outcomes and Risk Factors for Patients with B27+ Anterior Uveitis
22 Shruti Anant Etiology and Demographic Factors of Traumatic Open Globe Injuries in a Large, Tertiary Eye Care Center
23 Stefanie Seo Cytomorphologic Changes in Benign Thyroid Nodules after Radiofrequency Ablation: A Prospective Cohort Study
24 Tran Dang Factors associated with retention in postpartum HIV care: a retrospective cohort study
25 Victor Yang Cognitive Performance Associations with Vestibular Dysfunction in Spaceflight and the Potential for Efficient Rehabilitation
26 Xiyu Zhao Myopia Progression of Pediatric Patients with Stickler Syndrome
27 Dianela Perdomo Pioneering Surgical Cures: Vestibular Neurectomy for Meniere's Disease
28 Annabelle Pan The role of spirituality in substance use disorder: perspectives of residents at a faith-based rehabilitation program in Baltimore
29 Emily Ma International Variation in the Self-Evaluation Guidance for Medical School Accreditation
30 Nina M. D'Amiano Response to combinatorial therapy vs. monotherapy in advanced melanoma by patient prognosis
31 Oscar Li An Animated Documentary on Hearing and Public Health
32 Amanda Reese Factors associated with an acute STI diagnosis among men attending a public STD clinic based on self-reported sexual preference
33 Dorothy Wang The Incidence and Progression of Trachomatous Scarring in a Cohort of Women in a Trachoma Low Endemic District in Tanzania
34 Marcelina Kubica Developing an Implementation Science Framework for the Healthy for Two-Home Visiting Intervention
35 Matthew Heron Three-dimensional printing for craniomaxillofacial surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of applications and logistical outcomes
36 Rahel Imru Analysis of Socioeconomic Determinants of Health in Presentation and Care of Patients with Meningioma
37 Sondra Rahmeh Landscape Analysis of School-Based Vision Program Operations
38 Vina Nguyen A Scoping Review of Technology Industry Engagement with HIV

Poster Session B (2:45 - 3:30 PM)
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Poster Session B
No. Name Title
39 Emily Larson Development and Validation of a Porcine Ex Vivo Tricuspid Valve Model
40 Hector Ibanez Toward the development of a mouse model of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
41 Seoho Lee Interactions between the IFN-g/IL-27 and COX-2/PGE2 pathways within the tumor microenvironment: implications for cancer immunotherapy with anti-PD-(L)1
42 Uchechukwu Akoma Smoking is Positively Associated with Mitochondrial Heteroplasmy Which is Mutationally and Regionally Biased
43 Alison Gibbons Evaluation of a STAT MRI Protocol for Emergent Ophthalmology Patients
44 Anna Kolchinski Germline mutations in the telomere gene POT1 are associated with long telomere length and risk of lymphoid malignancies
45 Ariel Leong Evaluation of the deployment of artificial intelligence-assisted diabetic retinopathy screening at Johns Hopkins Medicine
46 Bethlehem Lulseged Outcomes of reduced intensity and myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) with post transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy) for adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or acute leukemias at Johns Hopkins Hospital
47 Cody Chavarria Perioperative Implementation of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Pumps
48 Daniel Shou Comparison of Perceived to Actual Time of Prehospital Intubation by Paramedics
49 Erin Chen Exploring the Influence of Pre-Existing Conditions on Pediatric Long COVID Patients
50 Iman Ali Racial and age disparities exist in hydrochlorothiazide timing and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma presentation: A single-institutional retrospective study
51 Jane Huang Trends in Procedural, Patient, and Surgeon Characteristics of Intraocular Lens Exchange Surgeries among Medicare Beneficiaries 2011-2020
52 Jessica Schmerler Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa Diagnoses Are Associated with Increased Risk of Lower Extremity Soft Tissue Injury and Orthopaedic Surgery Requirements
53 Joyce Cheng Submucosal Uterine Fibroids are Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis
54 Katherine Zhu A Cross-Sectional Study Investigating the Efficacy of 3-Dimensional Animated Videos for Craniosynostosis Caregiver Education
55 Khala Webb Geographic and Gender Disparities in Corneal Transplant Surgeons and Patients in the Medicare Population 2011 to 2020.
56 Malini S. Ramaiyer ‘I'd like to know what's happening to my body’: Patient Experiences with Obstetric Counseling on Management of Fetal Malpresentation
57 Megan Parker Epidemiological trends, prognostic factors, and survival outcomes of synchronous brain metastases from 2015 to 2019: a population-based study
58 Sadra Sepehri Investigating the Association Between Preoperative Patient-Reported Quality-of-Life Measurements and High-Value Care Outcomes in Patients with Intracranial Tumors Using the PROMIS®-29 v2.0 Profile Score
59 Shomari Sankara Identifying Frail Patients Prior to Surgery and Implementing a Novel Social Work-Focused Preoperative Intervention: A Feasibility Study
60 Siam Muquit Lobar vs. sublobar resection for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
61 Sumrah Jilani Factors associated with follow-up adherence following Mohs surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer
62 Vennela Avula Inflammatory Markers and Calcification of Coronary Arteries, Aorta and Cardiac Valves in Older Adults: Findings from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study
63 Vrinda Madan Characterization of Age-related Antigen Degradation in Melanoma Pathology Specimens
64 Yilin Yang Management of post-operative portal vein thrombosis after pancreatectomy: a systematic review.
65 Yusuf Ciftci A Visual Narrative of Medicine and Politics in the Ottoman Empire: Contextualizing Medical Reform and Notions of Modernity During the Hamidian Era
66 Emily Ma Factors associated with medical graduates' intentions to practice patient care
67 Kristopher Keppel Building Clinician-Parent Partnerships to Improve the Care of Children with Chronic Critical Illness
68 Nina M. D'Amiano Cytokine Release Syndrome: Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation
69 Sascha Bercovitch The Effect of Chagas Disease on Infant Prematurity in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
70 Ashwin Reddy Prevalence of Face, Head, and Neck Conditions and Assessment of Surgical Need in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania
71 Jacob Balin Analysis of trends in social determinants of health diagnosis codes in a large deidentified national discharge dataset, 2016-2019
72 Mark Schuweiler Explaining the price differences of spinal surgery
73 Olivia Febles Simeon Qualitative Study of Asylum Seeker’s Experiences with the Forensic Medical Evaluation
74 Severyn Kushmeliuk Social Determinants of Health and Post-Transplant Outcomes for Individuals with ALD
75 Tia Cheunkarndee Investigating Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Acute Radiation-Related Toxicities among Patients Diagnosed with Head and Neck Cancer
76 Xindi Chen Cost Comparison of Head and Neck Melanoma Excisional Procedures Across Settings of Care

Oral Presentation Session (3:40-4:45 PM)

HEART/History of Medicine, Room 226
Time Name Title
3:40 Reed Jenkins The American Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy (AMB): Activism and Surgical Advances During the Spanish Civil War
3:52 Eojin Choi Experiences and Impact of Wonder Among Johns Hopkins Medical School Applicants
4:04 Meher Kalkat Transforming the Transfer Process: A Quality Improvement Project to Assess and Improve Transfer Notes
4:16 Bessie Liu Patient perspectives on storytelling and narrative medicine in an outpatient safety-net clinic
4:28 Leila Habib Building Comprehensive Community Health Systems: A Historical Analysis of the East Baltimore and Columbia Medical Plans
Basic Science, Room 260
Time Name Title
3:40 Arjun Menta Assessing the Effects of Acute Spinal Cord Injury on Spinal Cord Dynamic Autoregulation Using Doppler Ultrasound in Rat Models
3:52 Kelly Jiang Mesenchymal Stem Cells in an Implantable Intrathecal Bioreactor Alter Cytokine Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid to Treat Spinal Cord Injury in a Porcine Model
4:04 Calvin Schuster Investigating the Impact of Sex Hormones on Post-Surgical Nerve Gliding
4:16 Meghana Bhimreddy Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation Improves Inflammatory Mediator Response after Spinal Cord Injury
4:28 Tara Srinivas In vivo transcriptional profiling of neural stem cells reveals potential target for tissue regeneration
Clinical Science #1, Room 320
Time Name Title
3:40 Mohammed Ullah A Prospective Study of Cochlear Implantation in Single-Sided Deafness: Audiological Outcomes, Device Use, and Health Utility
3:52 Jessica Schmerler Disparities in Access to Surgical Repair of Distal Radius Fractures: Do Insurance Payer Status and Race Matter?
4:04 William Wen Discrepancy in recorded triage vs. clinic measured blood pressures (BP) among pediatric patients with obesity-related hypertension
4:16 Hyonoo Joo Quantitative Assessment of Intraoperative Neck Angles During Endoscopic and Microscopic Otologic Surgery
4:28 Marina Joel Risk of Sleep Disorders in Patients with Prurigo Nodularis: A Population-level, Matched-cohort study using The Health Improvement Network
Clinical Science #2, Room 326
Time Name Title
3:40 Ridge Maxson Do race and insurance status impact management and outcomes of operatively treated proximal humerus fractures?
3:52 Manuj Shah Impact of Heart Failure Etiology and ECMO on Heart Transplant Outcomes
4:04 Emily Huang Evaluation of parental perspectives and concerns about pediatric cochlear implantation
4:16 Stefany Lazieh Does malnutrition increase the risk of postoperative complications in pediatric oncology patients undergoing thoracic surgery?
4:28 Saket Myneni Investigating patient outcomes associated with olfactory groove meningioma resection
Clinical Science #3, Room 341
Time Name Title
3:40 Krista Chen Clinical Outcomes in Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma Treated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
3:52 Christeen Samuel Are We Achieving Patient-defined Treatment Success in Psoriatic Disease Patients Receiving the Standard of Care?
4:04 Arinze Ochuba Cost Analysis: Primary Arthrodesis vs. Open Reduction Internal Fixation for Lisfranc Injuries
4:16 Lisa Young Cocaine History and Impulsiveness in Professional Boxers and Mixed Martial Arts Fighters
4:28 Katherine Zhu Characterizing Effects of Radiation on Internal Mammary Recipient Vessels in Sub-pectoral versus Pre-pectoral Staged Autologous Breast Reconstruction
Clinical Science #4, Room 342
Time Name Title
3:40 Viviane Liao Characterizing lifestyle risk factors in patients with prurigo nodularis in the United Kingdom
3:52 Ishwarya Sivakumar Race and Bleeding Outcomes in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia.
4:04 Anjali D'Amiano Measuring the efficacy of consolidative radiation among pediatric patients with metastatic sarcoma.
4:16 Alison Gibbons Subperiosteal Abscess of the Orbit: Predictors of Non-Surgical Intervention in Adolescents and Adults
4:28 Syed Ameen Ahmad Patient-Centered Outcomes in Pediatric Moyamoya Arteriopathy: A Prospective Cohort Study
Public Health #1, Room 343
Time Name Title
3:40 Katie Welgan Early transition to parenthood and parenting behaviors in the Johns Hopkins Prevention Intervention Research Center 2nd generation cohort
3:52 Saloni Patel Expanding Radiotherapy Access in Tanzania: An Analysis of Travel Burdens and Patient-Related Benefits of Hypofractionation
4:04 Elizabeth Olatunji Hypofractionated Radiotherapy and Immunotherapy Needs Assessment in Nigeria
4:16 Claudia Taccheri HIV care retention among people who have recently used opioids and cocaine
4:28 Sydney Wade What are the facilitators and barriers of healthcare provider recommendation of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and lactating women? Preliminary findings from Bangladesh
Public Health #2, Room 344
Time Name Title
3:40 Matthew Heron The environmental impact of 3D-printed constructs and their use in craniomaxillofacial surgery
3:52 Carolyn Im Hearing Care Disparities Among Older Asian Americans in the United States from 2016-2018
4:04 Chiamaka Okonkwo Weight Loss is Associated with Increases in Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number
4:16 Preetham Bachina Potential Impact of Long-Acting Antiretroviral Therapy on Local HIV Incidence
4:28 Kowsar Ahmed Ethiopia Safety Officer Program as a strategy for Infection Prevention and Control: Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic
Public Health #3, Room 345
Time Name Title
3:40 Mahima Krishnamoorthi Venous Thromboembolism Prediction in Postoperative Gynecologic Oncology Patients: The Utility of Risk Assessment Tools
3:52 Ellen Pil Safety and Efficacy of Prehospital Diltiazem
4:04 Jessica Asiedu Management and Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Gastrointestinal Bleeding who Decline Transfusion
4:16 Mitchell Lipke Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic: Baltimore Latin@s and their healthcare providers
4:28 Ariel Vilidnitsky Analysis of HIV Test Site Distribution in the Tampa Bay Region Reveals Testing Deserts and Vulnerability for HIV Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Faculty Judges

Aarti Mathur
Adam Kaplin
Ala Elhelali
Alan Meeker
Alan Regenberg
Alan Scott
Alexandra Maertens
Amanda Lauer
Amita Gupta
Amol Narang
Ana-Maria Orbai
Aniket Sidhaye
Anna Louise Beavis
Anna Powell
Anne Barnhill
Anne Kveim Lie
Antonio Wolff
Balaji Krishnamachary
Bara Zuhaili
Barry Solomon
Bernard Landry-Wegener
Betty Chou
Brian Ladle
Bruce Klein
Bruce Lawrence Klein
Bryan Ward
Byoung Chol Oh
Carol Newill
Celina Monteiro Abreu
Christine Durand
Corey Tapper
Daniel Rhee
David Dowdy
Divya Srikumaran
Dmitri Artemov
Donna Magid
Elham Hatef
Elizabeth King
Em Walsh
Emily Li
Eric Bass
Ethel J. Ngen
Evan Bloch
Frank Robert Witter
Frank Witter
Gail Geller
Gerald Brandacher
Gigi Gronvall
Gislin Dagnelie
Graham Mooney
Greg Pontone
Hamza Aziz
Heather McKay
Heather J. Symons
Henry Jampel
Hernando Lopez-Bertoni
Ho Lam Tang
Jackie Zimmerman
Jacky Jennings
James Brasic
James Ferriss
James L. Weiss
James M. Stevenson
James Segars
Jason Chua
Jean Anderson
Jeffrey Rubens
Jeffrey Scott
Jena Miller
Jenell Coleman
Jennifer Yui
Jenny Robinson
Jeremy Greene
Jeremy Sugarman
Jessica Queen
Jieru Wan
Jinny Suk Ha
Jodi Segal
Joel Blankson
John Laterra
John Miller
Jon Shaffer
Jonathan B. Coulter
Joseph Jebari
Juli Bollinger
Junichi Ishigami
Karen Sfanos
Kate Connor
Kelly Gebo
Kristin Voegtline
Kuni Matsushita
Laszlo Nagy
Laura Malone
Lawrence Appel
Leticia Ryan
Lisa Sun
Logan Weygandt
Luciane T. Kagohara
Luis Garza
Lydia Pecker
Marc Halushka
Marco Grados
Margueritta El Asmar
Mariana Brait
Marietta Tan
Mark Donowitz
Marsha Wills-Karp
Martha Abshire Saylor
Mary Catherine Beach
Matthew J. Levy
Maya Venkataramani
Megan Collins
Megan Wood
Meredith Atkinson
Michael Fingerhood
Michele Manahan
Myron Weisfeldt
Nathaniel Comfort
Nethanel Lipshitz
Nicholas Reed
Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia
Pamela Lipsett
Paul Nestadt
Peter Johnston
Peter Winch
Rachel Salas
Richard Schaefer
Risa Wolf
Risheng Xu
Russell L. Margolis
Ryan Felling
Sam Das
Samir C. Gautam
Sapna Kudchadkar
Seth Martin
Shari Lawson
Shaun Kunisaki
Sheila West
Shivani Ahlawat
Som Saha
Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian
Stephen Sozio
Stuart Ray
Sung-Min Cho
Syed Hassan Akbari
Tammy Brady
Tania Jain
Ted Dawson
Thomas Kickler
Tina Tran
Traci Speed
Wendy Bennett
William Christopher Golden
William Isaacs
Won Jin Ho
Young Bong Choi
Zack F

Acknowledgements

The MSRS Organizing Committee would like to thank the following people for their support putting this website and event together.
Without their help, this day would not have been possible.

  • Faculty Judges
  • The Office of Student Affairs
  • The Scholarly Concentrations Faculty
  • Dr. Stephen Sozio
  • Delena Dodd
  • Mark Dodd
  • Rick Herrmann
  • Robert Kearns

2023 MSRS Organizing Committee

  • Albert Leng
  • Jarod Olson
  • Giho Park
  • Kathleen Ran
  • Chi Trinh
  • Catherine Wang
  • Kevin Yu