Dean Darnell (Class of 2015) has been appointed as the Interim Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) through June 30th 2021. Dr. Darnell is the Director of the Diagnostic Imaging Track and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology. He received his PhD in Physics from Baylor University in 2005. After working as a designer at Apple for eight years, he received his MS in Medical Physics from Duke University in 2015, served as a post-doctoral researcher in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC) here at Duke, and joined the radiology faculty in 2019. In 2018 he was awarded the “Director’s Award for Exemplary Service” to the program. As a graduate of our own program, Dr. Darnell understands well the needs of our students. “I strongly believe that the education of students is the singularly most important responsibility we are tasked with as educators at Duke University,” he said. “This in turn enhances our faculty’s outstanding research for which our beloved university is known throughout the world. My vision as DGS is to provide students with guidance and access to a wide range of educational resources to ensure their academic success in the MPGP as well as enable smooth transitions into their future careers.”
Dr. Darnell replaces Dr. Anuj Kapadia, who served as DGS for the past 5 years. Dr. Kapadia is taking on an exciting new leadership role at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As announced by radiology chair Dr. Erik Paulson, “Anuj will lead the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division’s Advanced Computing for Health Sciences Section. In this role, Dr. Kapadia will lead a team of scientists in developing new programs and initiatives that address large-scale global health challenges through supercomputing, computational science resources for health applications, and new collaborations with academia, industry, and government.” We congratulate Dr. Kapadia on his new role and thank him for his substantial contributions to our program.