Reaching for the stars: combining astronomy and pathology to map cancer biomarkers

Published: 7 September 2021
Interview
Janis Taube,
Janis Taube
Director of Dermatopathology, Johns Hopkins University and Co-Director of the Tumor Microenviornment Core, Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute of Immunotherapy and Mark Foundation Center for Advanced Imaging and Genomics
Alex Szalay
Alex Szalay
Professor of Astronomy and Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

Janis Taube is the Director of Dermatopathology at Johns Hopkins University SOM, and co-Director of the Tumor Microenviornment Core at the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute of Immunotherapy and the Mark Foundation Center for Advanced Imaging and Genomics. Her laboratory focuses on characterizing the local, pre- and on-treatment tumor microenvironment in pathology specimens using techniques ranging from routine histology to new multispectral tissue imaging platforms.

Alex Szalay is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Computer Science at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. His papers span areas from astronomy, spatial statistics, computer science and more recently cancer research. He is a Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007 he received the Microsoft Jim Gray Award. In 2015 he received the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award for his contributions to Data Intensive Computing. In 2020 he was awarded the Victor Ambartsumian International Science Prize for his work in physical cosmology. In 2021 he and his team were recognized with the ACM SIGMOD Systems award.

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