2019 Speaker Profiles (page under construction)


Richard Levenson, MD, FCAP, is Professor and Vice Chair for Strategic Technologies, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis, where he develops novel imaging technologies. Board-certified in Anatomic Pathology, he received his MD at University of Michigan and pathology training at Washington University. A faculty position at Duke was followed by appointment at Carnegie Mellon University. He subsequently joined Cambridge Research & Instrumentation (now part of PerkinElmer), becoming VP of Research before returning to academia. He has helped develop multispectral microscopy systems and software for molecular pathology and diagnostics, multispectral and three-dimensional small-animal imaging systems, optical dynamic contrast techniques, orientation-independent birefringence microscopy, multiplexed ion-beam imaging, and most recently, real-time slide-free microscopy. He serves on multiple review panels, is section editor for Archives of Pathology and on the editorial board of Laboratory Investigation. Regrettably, he also taught pigeons histopathology and radiology. He is co-founder of MUSE Microscopy, Inc. and a recipient of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovator of the Year (2018) award.


Gwen V. Childs, Ph.D.,FAAA, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Dr. Childs received a B.A. from Whitman College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the Univ Iowa in 1972 and served on the faculty at the Univ. Nebr, Northwestern University, and the Univ. Texas Medical Branch.  In 2000 she became Chair of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences at the Univ Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She was President of the US Histochemistry Society and the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairs; and is a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists (FAAA). Her awards include Distinguished Teacher (UTMB), Innovations in Teaching (UAMS) and Outstanding Woman Faculty (UAMS). Her laboratory originally developed novel affinity histochemical and immunohistochemical approaches to identify and unravel the mystery of multipotential pituitary cells, challenging the one-cell-one-hormone paradigm. Current studies focus on how the metabolome communicates with pituitary cells. They are based on discoveries of novel pathways that regulate mRNA translation and thus informed by post-transcriptional regulatory insights.


Peter A. Sims, PhD, Columbia University - bio coming soon!


Janis MarieTaube MD, MSc, Director, Division of Dermatopathology, Johns Hopkins University - bio coming soon!


Fiona Ginty, GE Healthcare - bio coming soon!


Stephen Lockett, NCl Optical Microscopy Laboratories. Stephen Lockett received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Medicine, Birmingham University, England.  He is a Principal Scientist and Director of the Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland.  He has published over 120 research papers and has received several international awards.  His research interests include fluorescence microscopy and the development of analysis software for extracting quantitative information from images.

Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD, NCl, is a Clinical Investigator within the Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute and serves as head of the Experimental Pathology Laboratory. Stephen received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University, and his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology at the NCI.  Dr. Hewitt is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry. Dr Hewitt has co-authored over 250 articles and serves on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed journals.