Leah Kaplan

PhD Student

My background has been working in clinical research, military medicine and neuroscience, cognitive science, and most recently biotechnology. Prior to beginning the PhD program at UH, I worked in research and development; at the intersection of health IT, big data, and clinical research designing AI hardware and infrastructure to support clinical trials. My interests are in nutrition, obesity and chronic disease, addiction and metabolism, and of course AI and IoT technologies. I am excited for the opportunity now to pursue my passion in nutrition and technology at UH Manoa and the Shepherd Research Lab.


  • B.S. Wellesley College, Cognitive Neuroscience, 2002
  • M.S. Lund University, Neurobiology, 2003
  • E.M.T. George Washington University, 2009

Awards & Achievements

  • United States Patent # 20200090408, 2019; Systems and Methods for Augmented Reality Body Movement Guidance and Measurement.
  • Finalist, Medical Capital Innovation Competition, 2019
  • TED MED Frontline Scholar, 2013
  • Award for “Adaptive Agent-Based Model of Cognitive Factors”; Air Force Operations Research Symposium, October 2006
  • Army Challenge Award, National Capitol Consortium Tele-Neurosurgery Program, 2005