Shelby O'Connor

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: (608) 890-0843

585 Science Dr
Madison, WI 53711

Shelby O'Connor Lab

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PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology, UW-Madison

Research Summary

Host and vaccine-elicited immune responses to SIV/HIV; Changes to SIV/HIV host immune responses during co-infection with a second pathogen

Research Detail

SIV pathogenesis and vaccine projects: We are interested in improving the immune response to SIV/HIV in someone who is already infected.  To do this, we are exploring how immunomodulatory agents can boost antiviral immunity and suppress virus replication.

SIV/Mtb co-infection studies: HIV+ individuals rapidly become sick after co-infection with secondary pathogens, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). We are interested in understanding why HIV+ immunocomprimised individuals are unable to control bacterial replication. We hope these studies will help identify critical therapeutic interventions to prevent HIV+ individuals from becoming sick with tuberculosis.

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