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Connor Galen O'Brien
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Bio Dr. O'Brien is a native of Menlo Park, CA. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. At Columbia he was elected to both Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honors Societies. He completed an Internal Medicine residency as well as fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University. In his third year of fellowship, he was selected Chief Cardiology Fellow.
He is currently a post-doctoral fellow performing regenerative medicine research, specifically studying the role of exosomes in treating cardiomyopathy. In addition to his basic science research, he is also involved in human clinical trials investigating the role of stem cells in treating various forms of cardiomyopathy.
John Paul Oliveria
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pathology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Currently working on unraveling the mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease progression and resilience utilizing mass cytometry (CyTOF) and high-dimensional imaging (multiplexed ion beam imaging - MIBI).
Previously worked on evaluating the role of immune cells in allergic pathogenesis (IgE+ B cells, regulatory B cells or Bregs, basophils, type 2 innate lymphoid cells, eosinophils).
Collaborated on research projects with a few research groups, which include:
- The Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Research Academic Initiative in SickKids Emergency (PRAISE) Program
- McMaster Children's Hospital, Division of Urology and the Clinical Urology Research Enterprise (CURE) Program
- St. Joseph's Healthcare Center Hamilton, Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Research interests include:
- The immunobiology and pathophysiology of allergic diseases (allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis)
- The role and function of regulatory B cells in disease (autoimmunity, inflammation, cancer)
- The role of immune cells (B cells, T cells, eosinophils, basophils) in the pathogenesis of disease
- Single cell analyses and 'omics' technologies including: RNAseq, CyTOF, flow and imaging cytometry
- Translational immunology, clinical drug development and clinical trials, "big data", and machine learning
- Effectiveness of active learning in undergraduate and graduate level education