John Connolly, Ph.D.John Connolly, Ph.D., is an assistant investigator at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research (BIIR) in Dallas. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School in 2001, where he then moved to the Department of Immunology and Microbiology as a research associate. Dr. Connolly came to BIIR in 2003. He is the director of two core facilities at the Dallas campus: the Imaging Core and the Cytokine Multiplex Core. In 2005, he received the appointment of adjunct professor of biomedical studies at Baylor University in Waco. Dr. Connolly's research focuses on the antigen processing/presentation pathways of dendritic cells and the mechanisms by which respiratory viruses evade these steps in the immune response. As director of the two core facilities, he is also involved in projects using multiplex proteomic analysis and live cell confocal, fluorescence digital imaging.
Octavio Ramilo, M.D.
Octavio Ramilo, M.D. is a professor in the Division of Infectious Disease of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, as well as professor in the Cancer Immunobiology Center at UT Southwestern. A practicing physician, Dr. Ramilo is also medical director of both clinical research and AIDS-related medical services at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas.
Dr. Ramilo earned a medical degree from Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, where he also completed a pediatric residency at Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases and additional postdoctoral research training in immunology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. An avid researcher in the immunopathogenesis of viral infections, particularly respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Dr. Ramilo is currently principal investigator on numerous research projects, including a study of dendritic cells, RSV, and influenza infection in children for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. He is also studying the incidence rates and clinical features of human metapneumovirus infection of the lower respiratory tract in high-risk hospitalized children. In 2004, Dr. Ramilo and colleagues at UT Southwestern used a mouse model to establish a link between RSV infection and risk of developing reactive airway disease.
A prolific writer, Dr. Ramilo has authored many book chapters and monographs, and his clinical research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals that include The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, and The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. He is a frequent national and international presenter and a regular reviewer for a number of clinical journals, including The Journal of Pediatrics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and Vaccine.
Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, with a subspecialty in pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Ramilo is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, among other professional organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Pediatric Infectious Diseases Foundation.