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Undergraduate education

University of Notre Dame - BS (2014)

Years in MSTP


PhD program

Cellular and Molecular Biology


David O'Connor, PhD

Research interest

Defining shared and distinct anti-viral antibody responses and discerning how these responses contribute to protection or to pathology. Currently mostly working with flaviviruses, including Zika virus and dengue virus.

Undergraduate and/or masters publications

Creary X, Heffron A, Going G, Prado M. γ-Trimethylsilylcyclobutyl carbocation stabilization. J Org Chem. 2015 Feb 6;80(3):1781-8. PMID: 25562368.

Creary X, Heffron A. γ-Silyl-substituted norbornyl carbocations and carbenes. J Org Chem. 2014 Mar 21;79(6):2547-55. Epub 2014 Feb 28. PMID: 24548109.

PhD publications

Buechler CR, Bailey AL, Lauck M, Heffron A, Johnson JC, Campos Lawson C, Rogers J, Kuhn JH, O'Connor DH. Genome Sequence of a Novel Kunsagivirus (Picornaviridae: Kunsagivirus) from a Wild Baboon (Papio cynocephalus). Genome Announc. 2017 May 4;5(18). pii: e00261-17. PMID: 28473378; PMCID: PMC5477186.

Heffron AS, Mohr EL, Baker D, Haj AK, Buechler CR, Bailey A, Dudley DM, Newman CM, Mohns MS, Koenig M, Breitbach ME, Rasheed M, Stewart LM, Eickhoff J, Pinapati RS, Beckman E, Li H, Patel J, Tan JC, O'Connor DH. Antibody responses to Zika virus proteins in pregnant and non-pregnant macaques. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Nov 27;12(11):e0006903. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30481182; PMCID: PMC6286021.