W. Ripley Ballou, MD
Vice President and Head, Clinical Research and Translational Science, Vaccine Discovery and Development at GSK Vaccines in Rixensart, Belgium
Dr. W. Ripley Ballou is Vice President and Head, Clinical Research and Translational Science, Vaccine Discovery and Development at GSK Vaccines in Rixensart, Belgium. Previously he served as Deputy Director for Vaccines, Infectious Diseases Development, Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Ballou is an expert in vaccine development and has worked in this field for more than 25 years.
A co-creator of the RTS’S (Mosquirix™) malaria vaccine, Dr. W. Ripley Ballou spent more than 25 years researching malaria at the US Army’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and three years at a small biotechnology company before joining GSK Bio in 2003 as Vice President of Emerging Diseases. As both Principal Investigator and a volunteer for the infected mosquito “challenge” of the world’s first recombinant malaria vaccine at Walter Reed in 1987, Ballou is now in charge of GSK Bio’s Emerging Diseases program that includes malaria, TB, HIV and cancer vaccine development efforts.
Trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, he began his work on vaccines at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he led the team that with GlaxoSmithKline co-developed RTS’S, the world’s most advanced malaria vaccine. Dr. Ballou is an author on more than 170 scientific publications in the field of vaccine development and infectious diseases.
Juan P. Hinestroza, PhD
Associate Professor of Fiber Science & Director of Graduate Studies at Cornell University
Dr. Juan P. Hinestroza is a tenured Associate Professor of Fiber Science and directs The Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Professor Hinestroza obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Professor Hinestroza worked as a process control engineer for The Dow Chemical Company.
Professor Hinestroza works on understanding fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale that are of relevance to Fiber and Polymer Science. Hinestroza has received over 5.3 MM USD in research funding (Federal and State agencies as well as Industrial Consortiums) for his pioneering work in exploring new pathways for creating multifunctional fibers via manipulation of nanoscale phenomena.
Professor Hinestroza has been the recipient of a myriad of awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the J.D. Watson Young Investigator Award from NYSTAR and the Educator of the Year Award from the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers. Professor Hinestroza was invited lecturer worldwide at Universities and Research Centers in Italy, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, The Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina, Hungary, Czech Republic, Vietnam, India, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, France, Singapore, Thailand, Chile and Germany.
Professor Hinestroza’s scientific work has been featured in Nature Nanotechnology, MRS Bulletin, Materials Today, C&E News, National Geographic, ASEE Prism as well as mainstream media outlets such as CNN, Wired, Tech Review, Popular Science, ABC News, NYTimes, Reuters, PBS, NPR and BBC.
In addition to his scientific endeavors, Professor Hinestroza and his research group are actively involved in community outreach activities aimed at increasing the number of members from underrepresented minority groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as engaging senior citizens in collaborative and inter-generational learning experiences.
S. Kay Obendorf, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education at Cornell University
S. Kay Obendorf Ph.D. (physical chemistry from Cornell University, 1976) is a Professor of Fiber Science in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of fiber science, chemistry of fibers and films and protective clothing. She was the department chair for the Department of Textiles and Apparel (now Fiber Science & Apparel Design) from 1985-95 and is now serving as the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for the College of Human Ecology (1997-present). In 2010, she received the Olney Medal for achievement in textile chemistry from the American Associate of Textile Chemists and Colorists, and in 2013 she was elected as an Honorary Member of The Fiber Society. Active projects are underway in areas of protective clothing and air quality, and technology of polymers.