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Jose Ramirez

Research Entomologist


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CONTACT

Phone: (309) 681-6195

Fax: 309-681-6693

Room: 2101A

 

USDA ARS NCAUR

1815 N University

Peoria, IL 61604

EDUCATION

PhD, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University, 2011

MS, Entomology, University of California Riverside, 2006

BS, Zoology, Idaho State University, 2002

AREA OF EXPERTISE
Host-pathogen interactions, insect immunity and pathology, biological control of mosquitoes and other vector-borne arthropods, arbovirology and  arthropod-borne pathogen systems. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dr. Ramirez’s research interests include the study of arthropod-borne pathogen systems particularly, the identification of factors that influence pathogen infection and the elucidation of novel mechanisms to control vector populations and prevent pathogen transmission. Current efforts in the laboratory builds upon the integration of knowledge gathered from the study of the multipartite organismal interactions (host-pathogen-symbiotic microbe) to develop new microbe-based biopesticides for use against arthropod vectors of human pathogens.

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LAB MEMBERS / SUPPORT STAFF / VISITING SCIENTISTS

Current:

            Molly K. Schumacher (Biological Science Laboratory Technician)

            Mathew Rashid (Summer Student Researcher Intern)

            Sindhu Yegappan (BEST Program, Bradley University)

Alumni:

            Thomas Rashid (Currently Summer Intern at St Jude)

            Joshua Ginzel (Currently PhD. Student at Duke University)

            Yashoda (Currently undergraduate at …)

COLLABORATION / COOPERATION:

National:

            Steve Juliano PhD., Illinois State University

            Kim Wesley PhD.  /  Katie Westby PhD., Tyson Research Center

            Louela A. Castrillo PhD., ARSEF, USDA

            Charles Thompson PhD., Illinois State University

            Andrea Joyce PhD., University of California Merced

Foreign:

            Ana Bahia PhD., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

            Lorenzo Caceres PhD. /  Rolando Torres,  Gorgas Institute of Health, Panama

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

American Society for Microbiology          

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Entomological Society of America

Society for Invertebrate Pathology

 

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HONORS AND AWARDS

2015       NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence 2015, National Institutes of Health.

2015       Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship

               Scholarship to attend and present at the meeting on The Arthropod Vector: The Controller of Transmission.

2015       Gordon Research Conference Fellowship.

               Fellowship to attend and present at the Tropical Infectious Diseases Conference Gordon Research Conferences

2012       Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) Fellowship

              NIAID/ National Institutes of Health

2011       The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Grant

              111th General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology.

2010       Young Researcher participant in the 60th Interdisciplinary Meeting of Nobel Laureates at Lindau.

              Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Lindau, Germany.

2010       Robert Bosch- ESOF Fellowship to attend the Euroscience Open Forum 2010. Torino, Italy.

              Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF).

2010       Best Poster Presentation. 1st Place. Delta Omega Scientific Poster Competition.

              Delta Omega Society. Bloomberg School of Public Health. Johns Hopkins University.

2009       Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards For Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31).

               National Institute of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

2008       Global Health Field Research Award

               The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Support to conduct dengue virus-related field research in Panama.

2008      ASM - Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

              American Society for Microbiology

 2007       The A. Ralph and Sylvia E. Barr Fellowship in Vector Biology

               Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2006       Diversity and Health Disparities Predoctoral Fellow.

              The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2005       Best M.S. Poster Presentation. 12th Annual Student Seminar Day

              Department of Entomology. University of California Riverside

2003-05 University of California Riverside College Fellowship Award. Department of Entomology, UC Riverside.

2002      Outstanding Undergraduate Biology Research Presentation. Undergraduate Research Symposium

              Department of Biological Sciences. Idaho State University.

 

INVITED CONFERENCE LECTURES AND DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS

2018     Speaker: ““Effects of fungal entomopathogen infection on mosquito survival and pathogen defense mechanisms” American Mosquito Control Association, Kansas City, MO

2017     Speaker: “Fungal entomopathogens in the fight against mosquitoes: molecular interactions shaping infection dynamics.” Illinois Mosquito & Vector Control Association, Springfield, IL

2017     Invited Speaker: “New and re-emerging vector-borne diseases and the efforts to stop them through mosquito control” 8th Annual Illinois Statewide Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections, Bloomington, IL

2017     Speaker: “Fungal entomopathogens in the fight against mosquitoes: Molecular Interactions Shaping Infection Dynamics”, 63rd Annual Meeting Illinois Mosquito and Vector Control Association, Springfield, Illinois

2017     Speaker: “Temporospatial immune modulation of a lethal interaction between the mosquito Aedes aegypti and entomopathogenic fungi”, Annual Meeting Entomological Society of America, Denver, Colorado

2017     Invited Speaker: “Mosquitoes and fungal entomopathogens: Temporo-spatial interactions defining the outcome of infection”, Biology Department Seminar, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2017     Invited Speaker: “The interplay between mosquitoes, entomopathogens and symbiotic microbes: A niche for the development of novel microbial-derived vector control strategies”, Congress Bioprocess, The Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Camagüey, Cuba

2016       Invited Oral presentation: “Mosquito, Pathogens, and Symbiotic microbes: Multipartite Molecular Interactions Shaping Vector Competence,” Illinois State University, Bloomington IL

2016       Invited Lecture: “The interplay between mosquitoes, viruses and humans: the case of Zika and other arboviral diseases, ” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2016       Invited Oral presentation: “The Mosquito Battlefield: Understanding the Mosquito’s Molecular Weaponry against Pathogens,” Tyson Summer Seminar Series. Tyson Research Center, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

2016       Invited Oral presentation: “Vector-Borne Diseases: New and Re-emerging infectious diseases affecting Public Health,” “International Health at a local level,” Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Chapter #48 - Bloomington, IL

2015       Oral presentation: “Molecular Mechanisms Mediating Innate Immune Priming in An. gambiae mosquitoes.” Keystone Symposia: The Arthropod Vector: the Controller of Transmission. Taos, New Mexico. 

2015       Oral presentation: “Lipocalin / lipoxin complex mediates immune priming in An. gambiae mosquitoes,” Gordon Research Symposium: Tropical Infectious Diseases. Galveston, Texas

2015       Invited Oral presentation: “The parasite-vector war: molecules mediating immune priming in mosquitoes,” American Society for Microbiology and George Mason University. Fairfax, Virginia

2015       Poster presentation: “Molecular interactions modulating immune priming in An. gambiae mosquitoes,” Gordon Research Conference: Tropical Infectious Diseases. Galveston, Texas 

2015       Oral presentation: “Molecular mechanisms of Immune Priming in An. gambiae mosquitoes: Lipocalin/lipoxin driving innate immune priming in mosquitoes, “ Malaria and Vector Biology Interest Group Seminar. NIAID, NIH.

2014       Invited Oral presentation: “Primed for war: innate immune priming defines the outcome of the mosquito-malaria parasite fight,” Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities Program, INRO 2014. NIAID, NIH. Bethesda, Maryland. 

2014   Oral presentation: “Molecular mechanisms of Immune Priming in An. gambiae mosquitoes,” Malaria and Vector Biology Interest Group Seminar. NIAID, NIH. 

2014   Poster Presentation: "Insights into the molecular mechanisms of immune priming in An. Gambiae mosquitoes." 2014 NIH Research Festival . NIH Bethesda, Maryland. 

2013       Poster presentation: Molecular Mechanism of Innate Immune Memory in An. gambiae mosquitoes,” American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene62nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 

2013       Oral presentation: “Molecular mechanisms of Innate Immune Memory in An. gambiae mosquitoes,” Malaria and Vector Biology Interest Group Seminar. NIAID, NIH.

 2013       Oral presentation: “Immune pathways and hemocyte differentiation in mosquito-Plasmodium interactions,” Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities Program. INRO 2013. NIAID, NIH. Bethesda, Maryland

2012       Poster presentation: “Hemocyte differentiation in Innate Immune Memory under the regulation of Immune signaling pathways,” US-Brazil Vector Symposium. Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, Montana

 2011       Young Investigator/Student Oral Presentation: “Mosquito-Microbiome Molecular Interactions Define Dengue Virus Infection Dynamics,” ASM 111th General Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

 2010       Poster presentation: “Mosquito-microbiome interactions influencing dengue virus infection,” Jose Luis Ramirez, Jayme A. Souza-Neto and George Dimopoulos. ASM 110th General Meeting, San Diego, California

 2010       Poster presentation: “The Toll pathway is a conserved immune defense active against different dengue serotypes and present in multiple Aedes aegypti strains.” Delta Omega Scientific Poster Competition. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 2010       Poster presentation: “Mosquito, dengue virus, bacteria: tripartite interactions determining dengue virus transmission,” Jose Luis Ramirez and George Dimopoulos. Global Health Day, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.

 2009       Poster presentation: “The Toll pathway is a conserved immune defense active against different dengue serotypes and present in multiple Aedes aegypti strains.” Jose Luis Ramirez and George Dimopoulos. 58th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 2009       Poster presentation: “Implication of the Innate Immune Defense in the anti-dengue defense at the early stages of infection,” Jose Luis Ramirez and George Dimopoulos. ASM 109th General Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2009       Invited Oral presentation: “Mosquito, dengue virus, bacteria: tripartite interactions determining dengue virus transmission,” Jose Luis Ramirez and George Dimopoulos. Gorgas Memorial Institute, Panama City, Panama

2007        Oral presentation: “Dissecting the Aedes aegypti anti-Dengue immune response,” Jose Luis Ramirez, Zhiyong Xi and George Dimopoulos. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 56th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2005A    Poster presentation: “The Effect of Post-Acquisition Hosts on the Presence of Xylella fastidiosa in GWSS Saliva,” Jose L. Ramirez, P.T. Lacava, T.M. Perring and T. A. Miller. 2005 Pierce’s Disease Research Symposium, CDFA, San Diego, California

 2005B    Poster presentation: “Fate of Xylella fastidiosa and a genetically modified bacterium in the foregut of Homalodisca coagulata fed on citrus and grape host plants,” Jose L. Ramirez and T. A. Miller. 12th Annual Student Seminar Day. Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside

2005C    Oral Presentation: “The Big Sagebrush(Artemisia tridentata): Home of a Rich Arthropod Fauna.”  José L. Ramirez & Nancy Huntly. Great Rift Science Symposium. Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.

2005D    Oral Presentation: “The Diversity,Abundance, and Trophic Structure of Arthropods on Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) of Craters of the Moon NM and a Nearby Agricultural Region.” José L. Ramirez et al. Great Rift Science Symposium. Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.

2004A    Poster presentation: “Fitness of a Genetically Modified Symbiont upon Reintroduction to its Host, the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca coagulata).” Jose L. Ramirez, B. Bextine, and T. A. Miller. 2004 Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah.

2004B    Oral Presentationn: “Pathogen and Symbiont Interactions in the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca coagulata).” J.L Ramirez and T. A. Miller. 11th Annual Student Seminar Day. Department of Entomology. University of California, Riverside

2002       Poster presentation: “Paternity Analysis of Burying Beetles to Determine Alternative Mating Behaviors.” Jose L. Ramirez, J. McKay, R. Williams, and R. Smith. Undergraduate Research Symposium, ISU.