Expert Directory

Andrew Pavia

Professor of Pediatrics

University of Utah Health

Infectious Disease, Influeza

Medicine, Pediatric, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, pediatric infectious diseases, Preventive Medicine, HIV

Dr. Pavia is a pediatric infectious disease expert who can provide expert commentary on vaccines, infectious disease and related trending topics. He has become a trusted source for top national media.

He received his bachelor's degree and medical degree at Brown University. He trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at Dartmouth and the University of Utah. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Pavia trained in Public Health Epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and a Preventive Medicine Resident. Additionally, Dr. Pavia completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the University of Utah. He joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 1991. In 2003 Dr. Pavia became the George and Esther Gross Presidential Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, where he mentors a dynamic and productive team of faculty and fellows. He also serves as Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Primary Children's Hospital and Associate Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship. Dr. Pavia is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Pavia is a member of the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine Forum on Preparedness. He was recently Vice Chair and Chair of the Program Committee for IDWeek and served two terms on the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and past chair of the Pandemic Influenza Task Force and past Chair of the National and Global Public Policy Committee. Dr. Pavia served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and chaired the Vaccine Safety Working Group, was an inaugural member of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) and chaired the Influenza Working Group, and co-chaired the Personal Preparedness Working Group of the NBSB from 2008-2010. Dr. Pavia has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees including “Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza: Guidance on Developing and Distribution and Dispensing System,” and “Prepositioned Medical Countermeasure for the Public,” and is a frequent consultant for CDC. He is an associate Editor of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and is on the editorial board the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and a reviewer for numerous journals. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, textbook chapters, reviews and scientific abstracts. His research interests include the epidemiology of influenza and other emerging respiratory infections, pneumonia, vaccine preventable diseases, emerging infections, and HIV/ AIDS, with a particular interest in infections of pregnant women and their children. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Pavia received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. He completed his residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and served as Chief Resident. He then served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine. He completed fellowship training in pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the University of Utah. Dr. Pavia is currently the George and Esther Gross Presidential Professor at the University of Utah and is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His academic interests include the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of emerging infectious diseases including influenza, respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases. He is also keenly interested in HIV/AIDS and has been involved in HIV clinical care and research since the 1980s.

Harold L. Paz

Exec. Vice Pres. & Chancellor for Health Affairs, The Ohio State University and CEO, Wexner Med Ctr.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Social determinants of health, Academic Health Centers, Future of Medicine, Health Sciences, Healthcare Access, Healthcare Industry

Lori Peek

Director, Natural Hazards Center

University of Colorado Boulder

Disaster Recovery, sociological research

Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and has conducted field investigations in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, the Christchurch earthquakes, the Joplin tornado, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew. She is currently co-leading a National Science Foundation-funded workshop series on methods of interdisciplinary disaster research and she is a member of the social science team for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center of Excellence for Risk Based Community Resilience Planning. She is also working on several ongoing projects related to children’s health and well-being before, during, and after disaster.

Samantha Penta

Assistant Professor College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

University at Albany, State University of New York

Disasters and Crises, Crisis and Emergency Management, Humanitarian Relief, Humanitarian Logistics, Organizational Responses to Disasters, Collective Behavior, Convergence, Disaster Policy, qualitative research methods, Decision-Making

Samantha Penta is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Preparedness in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at SUNY Albany. She earned her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Sociology and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History with Distinction at the University of Delaware. Previous to her appointment at SUNY Albany, she worked for several years at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Penta’s research focuses on health and medical care in crises, decision-making in preparedness and response, and humanitarian logistics. She worked on projects examining evacuation and preparedness challenges for long-term care facilities, disaster donations behavior, and community recovery and resilience to disasters and epidemics. Her most recent work examines the processes involved in planning and implementing international crisis medical relief efforts, focusing on health and medical responses to the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Dr. Penta specializes in qualitative research and has participated in multiple quick response field research deployments, including to New York City following Superstorm Sandy, the Oklahoma City area following the May 2013 tornados, Florida leading up to Tropical Storm Erika, Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, and North Carolina following Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

She is committed to interdisciplinary work that both advances scientific knowledge of crises and disasters, while also supporting the people affected by those events. Dr. Penta has presented her work in regional, national, and international forums, including at the Natural Hazards Workshop in Colorado, at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, at the International Sociological Association’s World Congress of Sociology in Japan, and at the 4th International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction in New Zealand. Her published work is featured in outlets including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, Earthquake Spectra, Sociological Forum, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Phillip Phan

Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Entreprenership, Medicine, strategic management , Technology, Johns Hopkins, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Phillip Phan, PhD, is the Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2008. He is a professor in the research track with expertise in the areas of technology entrepreneurship and strategic management.

Kenneth Podell

Director of the Houston Methodist Concussion Center

Houston Methodist


Dr. Kenneth Podell is board certified in Neuropsychology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Podell completed his medical training at New York University School of Medicine and a fellowship in neuropsychology at the  Medical College of Pennsylvania. His clinical areas of expertise are in the treatment of brain injury/disease, particularly sports-concussion, traumatic brain injury and dementia. Podell's research interests focus on traumatic brain injuries and neuroscience.    
Podell serves as a concussion consultant for the Houston Astros, Rice University Athletics, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the Houston Texans. He also consults for more than 20 area high schools and middle schools.

Health Care, Health Care Policy, health care economics, Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Dan Polsky is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Hopkins served as Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics from 2012 - 2019 and was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. His research seeks an advanced understanding of the cost and quality tradeoff of health care intervention that addresses care, access, coverage, and payment.

David Powner

Director of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships


federal technology, federal acquisition, IT infrastructure

David Powner is Director of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, and previously was the Director of Information Technology Management Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and has 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is an expert on IT modernization and the role of the CIO in the federal government.

Powner has appeared on Government Matters, in the Federal Times and has testified in front of Congress more 100 times. He has also written in FCW.

Among his many achievements, Powner played a key role in the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), led the creation of the FITARA Scorecard, and contributed his expertise and insights to the development of the Modernization Government Technology Act.

Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurology

Dr. Stephanie D. Preston is the head of the ENL and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She completed an MA and Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied the biological bases of hoarding in animals. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine studying the neural substrates of decision making. She is interested in the intrinsic effects of emotion on decision making, particularly decisions about resources such as material goods, money, food, and social support.

Igor Puzanov

Director of Early Phase Clinical Trials Program an

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Novel Therapies, Melanoma, immunotheraphy, Cancer Vaccines, Personalized Medicine, Cancer

Director of Early Phase Clinical Trials Program and Chief of Melanoma, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Novel therapeutics, melanoma, immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, personalized medicine

Business, Global Development, Emerging Markets, global business strategy, Developing Economies, Developing Countries, Innovation, China, India

Professor Ramamurti does research and consulting on strategy and innovation in emerging economies. His earlier work also focused on business-government relations in emerging economies. He has published several articles and books on multinationals from emerging markets and on the topic of “reverse innovation.” He teaches courses on the global business environment and global strategy, and electives on Competing in Emerging Markets. 

Awards & Recognition
Honored as “The most outstanding thought leader on strategy and innovation in Emerging Markets in the world in 2017,” by Global Awards 2017, London (Nov 2017)
Winner, 2017 Best Paper in Global Strategy Journal Award, Strategic Management Society (at SMS annual meeting in Houston, October 31, 2017)
Elected Fellow, Academy of International Business, 2008

Kannan Ramaswamy

William D. Hacker Chair of Management Strategy

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Energy, Energy Security, International Development, International Trade, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development, oil and gas, Oil And Gas Exploration, Oil And Gas Production, Global Business, Business, business administration, Free Trade, Trade, free tr

Kannan Ramaswamy is the William D. Hacker Chair Professor of Management in global business at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is world-renowned for his expertise on global strategy, emerging markets – including India and South Asia, the energy sector, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and global management. A native of India who is now a U.S. citizen, Ramaswamy has consulted for several U.S. and European multinationals. He is an award-winning executive educator whose teaching and research interests span emerging market multinationals, business groups and corporate diversification, mergers and acquisitions, privatization, and joint ventures.

In addition to teaching in Thunderbird’s full-time programs, Ramaswamy teaches extensively in the school’s executive education programs. He has participated in programs with multinational companies including American Express, EDS Corp. (now part of Hewlett-Packard Co.), Dow Chemical, General Motors, Mattel, Brasil Telecom, Delta Air Lines, Astellas Pharmaceutical (Japan), LG Electronics (Korea), Ericsson, Motorola, ExxonMobil, Baker Hughes, ONGC (India), Integra (Russia), and SK Corp. (Korea). Ramaswamy also directs several Thunderbird programs including the program on Globalization: Merging Strategy with Action that deals with global strategy issues, and the Advanced Management Program for Oil and Gas Industry Executives dealing with contemporary issues in oil and gas.

Ramaswamy’s research – which has appeared in distinguished journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Management International Review, Journal of Management and Journal of Business Research – focuses on a broad range of topics: challenges facing emerging market multinationals, the performance impact of corporate diversification; competitive consequences of privatization; the role of strategic fit in mergers and acquisitions; and equity vs. operational-control issues in joint ventures. Much of his recent research in these areas has centered on emerging markets. Ramaswamy’s work has been featured among the best papers at these prestigious national meetings eight times; his work was chosen “best paper” twice at the Academy of Management national meetings. As a faculty member at the academic institutions he has served, Ramaswamy has won numerous awards for research excellence.

A member of the Board of Reviewers of the Journal of International Business Studies and the editorial board of the Journal of International Management, and the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Dr. Ramaswamy has also served as guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Operations Management on “knowledge offshoring.” With Thunderbird professor Andrew Inkpen, Ramaswamy co-authored the book Global Strategy: Creating and Sustaining Advantage across Borders published by the Oxford University Press. 

Ph.D. Strategic Management, Virginia Tech
M.B.A. University of Madras, India
B.S. Physics, University of Madras, India

Mobeen Rathore

Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Wolfson Children's Hospital

Infectious Disease, Children Care, investigational treatments, Pediatrician, Immunology, Pediatric Care

Mobeen Rathore, MD, is chief of infectious diseases for UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital, and Professor and Associate Chair for the UF College of Medicine, Jacksonville. He is the Founding Director of UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service. Dr. Rathore has served on the board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and UF Jacksonville practice plan. 

Dr. Rathore is an infectious disease specialist in Jacksonville, FL, and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from King Edward Med College in 1983 and specializes in infectious disease medicine. Dr. Rathore specializes in Pediatric Infectious Diseases cares for children through the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases.

Dr. Rathore has not only closed the “town-and-gown” gap in medicine, but he is also very active in the community serving on the boards of OneJax (a diversity/inclusion advocacy organization) and Environmental Protection Board. He is President of the board of MASS free clinic for the uninsured and President-elect of Leadership Jacksonville. 

A fervent advocate for all children and especially children with HIV he has been instrumental in the improvement of HIV care of children and pregnant women in the State of Florida. He is the Medical Director of Children’s Medical Service for Northeast Florida.

Dr. Rathore is a nominee for President-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


Dr. Lara Ray received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her graduate degree she completed interdisciplinary training in behavioral genetics and neuroscience. Dr. Ray completed a predoctoral clinical internship at Brown University Medical School where she stayed for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. After her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Ray joined the faculty at the UCLA Clinical Psychology Program where she is now a Full Professor. Dr. Ray also has academic appointments in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Dr. Ray has an active program of research on clinical neuroscience of addiction. Her laboratory combines experimental psychopharmacology with behavioral genetic and neuroimaging methods to ascertain the mechanisms underlying addictive disorders in humans and applying these insights to treatment development. Dr. Ray has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Her program of research is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol and Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Ray’s current interest centers around the clinical science informed translation of neurobiological models of addiction to clinical samples. Dr. Ray has received awards from the American Psychological Association (APA) for early career contributions to the science of addiction, including awards from the Society of Addiction Psychology (APA div 50), the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA div 12), and the Research Society for Alcoholism. 

gravitational wave, Neutron Stars, Astrophyics, LIGO, Physics & Astronomy, Gamma Rays

Jocelyn Read is an astrophysicist who studies neutron stars — the remnant cores of dead stars that didn't quite have enough mass to end up as black holes. A leading binary neutron star expert, she focuses on how matter behaves at the extremely high densities inside neutron stars and how this might be measured from astronomical observations of X-rays, gamma-ray bursts and gravitational waves. 

She and her students work to understand and model how neutron stars interact, collide and radiate energy to learn more about their structure and composition. 

Read joined Cal State Fullerton in 2012 and has received numerous grants for her research. Most recently, she was awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to lead a project to recruit and support underrepresented students, in particular Latino students, in gravitational-wave science. The grant supports CSUF and Citrus College students engaged in undergraduate research, as well as CSUF alumni in the doctoral program in gravitational-wave astrophysics at Syracuse University.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Read earned her doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She completed postdoctoral work at the Albert Einstein Institute in Germany and at the University of Mississippi. 

Read, a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, serves as associate director of CSUF's Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center. She is the recipient of the 2017 "Women of the Year" award in the category of science and technology from state Sen. Josh Newman. 

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Robert Recker

Professor of Medicine

Creighton University

Osteoporosis, Medicine

Recker is perhaps best known for a study in which he, molecular geneticist Mark Johnson and several others found a gene mutation causing bones to be twice as massive as “normal” bones. Using the genetic material from these “super bones” that were discovered virtually by accident in a Nebraska-based family, the two have been working on what some might call “nature’s cure” for osteoporosis.

Swapna Reddy

Clinical Assistant Professor

Arizona State University (ASU)

Health, Health Disparities

Carl Regillo

Director, Retina Service

Wills Eye Hospital

age-related macular degeneration, AMD, Retina, eye

Mary Reid

Director of Cancer Screening and Survivorship

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer Screening, Cancer Detection, Cancer Prevention, Epidemiology