Shelby O'Connor

Credentials: PhD

Position title: 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. 

Surveillance for respiratory pathogens: Detection of respiratory pathogens plays an important role in the awareness of and response to infectious agents in the community. We are exploring how to use different methods to detect respiratory pathogens and design strategies to keep community members healthy.

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