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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Hamilton O. Smith, M.D.

portrait_HOSmith Dr. Smith received his A.B. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1952 and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1956. He was an intern in medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis from 1956-1957. He served as a LTMC in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1959 and completed a medical residency at Ford hospital in Detroit from 1959-1962. He was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently a research associate in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 1962-1967. He joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University in 1967 as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology, where he studied restriction and modification enzymes, genetic recombination, and bacterial transformation. In 1978, Dr. Smith received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on restriction endonucleases and their application to molecular genetics. In 1995, Dr. Smith and a team from The Institute for Genomics Research sequenced the first organism, Haemophilus influenzae, which was the same organism from which he purified the first restriction enzyme. From 1998 to 2002, he was Director of DNA Resources at Celera Genomics and participated in the sequencing of the human genome. Since 2002, he has led the synthetic biology and biological energy groups at the Venter Institute.

Marian D. Damewood, M.D.

portrait_damewood_m Dr. Damewood attended Wellesley College and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s accelerated B.A.-M.D. Program, receiving her M.D. degree in 1978. She served as the first Director of The Johns Hopkins In-vitro Fertilization Program from 1984-1992, and was the Associate Director of the Women’s Hospital Fertility Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. From 1996-2000 she was Director of the Midlife Center and Medical Director of the Women’s Resource Center. Dr. Damewood currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at York Hospital, and Director of Women and Children’s Services for the WellSpan Health System. She is an Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

Gregory A. Devou, B.S.

portrait_devou_g Mr. Devou earned a B.S. in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and completed the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program from the International Foundation for Employee Benefits Plans at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania . In February of 1995, Mr. Devou joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland where he is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, he was Regional Director of Marketing and New Business Development for The Alexander & Alexander Consulting Group’s Southeast Division. He is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System’s Shock Trauma Board of Visitors, and serves on the Board of Directors for Consortium Health Plans.

King-Wai Yau, Ph.D.

portrait_yau_k Dr. King-Wai Yau received an A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University in 1975. He completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University with Denis Baylor, and at Cambridge University with Nobel Laureate, Sir Alan Hodgkin (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1963). For five years thereafter, he was on the faculty at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, before moving to The Johns Hopkins University in 1986, where he is currently Professor of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He has received the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics ( United Kingdom ), the Friedenwald Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Alcon Award in Vision Research, and the Magnes Prize from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mark D. Adams, Ph.D.

portrait_adams_m Dr. Adams earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC in 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1990. As a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. J. Craig Venter at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH, Dr. Adams developed the expressed sequence tag (EST) methodology for rapid characterization of the set of expressed genes in a tissue. As one of the founding scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), Dr. Adams established and managed the large-scale DNA sequencing facility. In 1998, Dr. Adams co-founded Celera Genomics, where he was responsible for the DNA sequencing and genome annotation groups. Dr. Adams joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in 2003. He is a member of the Human Genome Organization, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the Mammalian Genome Society, and is an Associate Editor of Genomics.

Russell Lewis, B.S., M.B.A.

portrait_lewis_r Mr. Lewis earned his B.A. degree in Economics from Haverford College and his M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School. He is a past Chairman of the National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER) Users Association, a national trade association representing the wireless dispatch industry, which is now a part of the Personal Communication Industry Association (PCIA). Mr. Lewis is currently Executive Vice President and General Manager of Naming and Directory Services at Verisign, Inc. Mr. Lewis’ previous experience at VeriSign includes working as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to joining VeriSign, Mr. Lewis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TransCore, a leading transportation systems integration company supplying electronic toll collections systems and advanced traffic management systems. His earlier responsibilities have included executive positions at Syntonic Technology, UGI Corporation, and E.F. Hutton & Company.

Mohit Bhatnagar, M.D.

portrait_mohit_b Dr. Mohit K. Bhatnagar is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon. He earned his B.A., M.D., and M/P.H. degrees and completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bhatnagar is a serial entrepreneur and holds both patents, and patents pending on inventions within the field of spine surgery. He teaches spine surgery world-wide and is currently in private practice with Potomac Valley Orthopaedics.

Daniel I. Weber, M.D.

weber_d Dr Weber received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in 1976 and his M.D. from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico in 1980. He completed his residency in OB/GYN at the Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, where he served as Chief Resident in 1985. At Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg,Pa, he served as Chair of the Dept of OB/GYN (1992-1996), Co-Founder and Director of the Family Practice OB/GYN Fellowship Program (1995-2002), Director of Medical Education for the Dept of OB/GYN (1998-2002), and President of the Medical Staff (2002-04). Dr. Weber was the founding partner of Weber OB/GYN Associates, Harrisburg, PA (1986-2004) and, since 2002, he has served as Director of OB/GYN Education at Lancaster General Hospital until 2013. He has repeatedly earned recognition for excellence in clinical teaching, including the 1999 Blockley-Osler Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Medicine from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine. Dr. Weber currently serves as In-house OB/GYN Medical Expert for the Pennsylvania Dept of State and continues to provide high-risk prenatal care for underserved communities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Anil K. Gupta, Ph.D.

portrait_gupta Anil K. Gupta earned a Doctor of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1980, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad in 1972, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1970. Professor Gupta is the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Strategy and Organization, Chair of the Management & Organization Department, and Research Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland at College Park. He has served as a Visiting Professor in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University, Tuck School at Dartmouth College, Bocconi Business School (Milan, Italy), Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (Finland), and IPMI (Jakarta, Indonesia), and has served as a member of the advisory panel for “The Knowledge Trade Initiative” sponsored by the US-India Business Council. Professor Gupta is the coauthor or coeditor of three books and has published over 60 papers in major journals. He has received many distinguished awards and been highly recognized for his work by universities and journals alike. Professor Gupta has consulted with corporations including IBM, Marriott, Lockheed Martin, and Norrell Services. He is an elected member of the board of directors of NeoMagic Corporation and TiE-DC, is a member of the board of advisors for VennWorks and iPark Boston, and formerly served on the boards of directors of Omega Worldwide and Vitalink Pharmaceutical Services Inc.