Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Professor David O’Connor is the founding Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at XJTLU. Following an undergraduate degree in biological chemistry and zoology, he pursued postgraduate studies in biochemistry at University College, London, and in molecular microbiology at the University of Liverpool. Subsequently, he was awarded a Royal Society postdoctoral research fellowship to work at the Medical School at the University of Geneva. Following his appointment to the University of Southampton his research has focussed on using proteomics to study host-pathogen interactions as well as on the development of new proteomic approaches. His studies in these areas have continued since joining XJTLU.
He has authored, or co-authored, more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and edited two books. He has served on a number of panels and major grant awarding bodies and was a governor of the Institute of Food Research. He was elected president of the British Society for Proteome Research and served on the Council of the European Proteomics Association between 2009 and 2011.
In 2013, he received the award ‘My Favourite Foreign Teacher in China’ from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs for his services to higher education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.