Session 1: Clinical Applications of AI in Precision Health: Digital Pathology, Spatial Biology and AI

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 8:15 – 9:45 AM
Location: Asbury Hall A-B, Disney Yacht Club

Session Titles:

  • I-driven Approaches in Spatial-omics – Sizun Jiang, PhD
  • Towards the Goal of Empowering Pathologists with Image Segmentation Tools Suitable for Clinical Workflow – Ulysses G J. Balis, MD
  • Unveiling the Future: The Intersection of Digital Pathology, AI, and Spatial Biology – Derek Allison, MD


  • Pinaki Sarder, PhD, MSc
  • Ramon Sun, PhD

About the Speakers:


Harvard University

Sizun Jiang, PhD

Jiang completed his Ph.D. training at Harvard with Elliott Kieff, uncovering the complex host-pathogen chromatin interactions during viral-driven lymphomagenesis. He next moved west for some warmth and sunshine, where he worked with Garry Nolan at Stanford on technology development and ways to better interrogate biological systems. Jiang’s current interests lie at the intersection of addressing critical questions in host-disease interactions, through the development and applications of novel spatial technology platforms and computational algorithms. Ongoing work includes the biology of viral pathogenesis, tumor biology, and immune dysregulation.


University of michigan

Ulysses G J. Balis, MD

Dr. Balis is professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan and currently serves as the director of the Division of Pathology Informatics, in the Department of Pathology. He is a board-certified Pathology Informaticist, with longstanding interest in the intersection of computational approaches and the practice of medicine. This division he directs is noteworthy for being one of the few such academic information technology divisions operating in support of pathology while being housed wholly within the pathology department itself.

He has active, NIH R01-supported research initiatives in several areas of pathology and medical informatics, including machine learning and use of encoded data, image-based analytics, machine vision tools for histopathology, image-based search algorithms and federated enterprise data architectures, with all of these areas serving as rich training substrate for a growing and thriving pathology informatics fellowship – one of only five such programs in the U.S.

Dr. Balis has had a longstanding interest in pathology informatics education, and currently serves as a standing member on the Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Boards Exam Committee. Dr. Balis is the author of over 100 publications, multiple patents, numerous book chapters and is co-editor of a contemporary text on the topic of Pathology Informatics (along with Drs. Mark Tuthill and Liron Pantanowitz). He has delivered over 180 invited presentations, nationally and internationally, on various topics related to: pathology informatics, image analysis, data analytics and automation.


University of Kentucky

Derek Allison, MD

Dr. Allison is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Next, he completed residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, served as Chief Resident, and completed subspecialty fellowship training, all at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to his clinical work, he is interested in clinical and translational cancer research, especially related to spatial biology. To date, he has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, authored several book chapters, and published two books. He currently serves as the Assistant Director and the Quality Officer of the Biospecimen Procurement & Translational Pathology Shared Resource Facility (BPTP SRF) at the Markey Comprehensive Cancer Center.