Virologist, University of Glasgow
Connor is a scientist studying how the immune system defends humans and other animals against disease-causing microbes like viruses, such as the hepatitis C virus, influenza virus and Zika virus.
Connor obtained his PhD in molecular virology at Queen's University Belfast in the lab of Paul Duprex. Here Connor investigated aspects of how the mumps virus causes disease by homing in certain parts of the virus needed for infection.
Since then, Connor works as a 'postdoctoral researcher' at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) in Scotland, UK in the hepatitis virus lab of Professor John McLauchlan. Here he looks at how certain parts of our own cells block incoming infections.
The CVR is one of the world's major institutes focusing on studying viruses. Connor's work here is funded by the Medical Research Council.
When not at the lab bench, Connor is committed to talking to people about his research, the world of viruses, and how science is carried out.
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