Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor, associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology at UC Davis Health, has been named a Chancellor’s Fellow. He is one of 10 at UC Davis and the only researcher from the health system to receive the designation.
As a Chancellor’s Fellow – a title Hartigan-O’Connor retains for five years – he receives $25,000 to advance his research and other scholarly work on the immune system and chronic infections.
His research has “boldly ventured” into various facets of the immune system through gateways including vaccines, viral vectors for immune modulation, and influence of the gut microbiota, and made significant contributions in the immunology of chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, HCV (hepatitis C virus) and CMV (cytomegalovirus).
A letter in support of his nomination as a Chancellor’s Fellow describes Hartigan-O’Connor as having an affinity and instinct for collaborative science — not only with other principal investigators and senior scientists, but also with more junior colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates.
“His exciting research, along with his captivating presentations, has resulted in several invitations to present at both national and international meetings,” said Satya Dandekar, professor and chair of medical microbiology and immunology.
Established nearly 20 years ago, the fellowship program supports early career faculty members and is funded by private donations to the UC Davis Annual Fund and the UC Davis Parents Fund.