It would be great if you could call on a superhero like “Allergy Man” whenever you get attacked by the sniffles or when rashes suddenly start forming a map of the world on your body. Of course, the alias is not really as cool as Spider-Man, Batman, or Superman. But then again, the fight against allergies (one of the most-recognized health problems in the world) does not really need superheroes. The battle can be won with men like Dr. John Donnie A. Ramos, winner of the Department of Science and Technology-National Academy of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 2005.
Dr. Ramos, an expert in the field of molecular geology and immunology, said “that despite the advances in life sciences, allergies are still not well understood.”
This being the case, Dr. Ramos and his research group developed a reliable diagnostic kit for allergic diseases. By isolating a DNA code for an allergen present in house dust miles, Dr. Ramos and team were able to use DNA cloning to produce “wonder” proteins. These proteins can then be used to screen and treat allergy-related illnesses like asthma, rhinitis, and dermatitis.
Currently, Dr. Ramos is working as an associate professor at the Research Center for the Natural Sciences at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). His research interests include; recombinant protein expression and purification, monoclonal antibody production, CAN vaccination, cell culture techniques, and basic bioinformatics applications. He is best known for his papers, “Sensitization profiles of allergic patients to recombinant and native Blomia tropicalis” and “Acarofauna and allergenicity of house dust mites in the houses of allergic patients in Metro Manila (2004-2005)
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