Professor David O’Connor is Dean of Research, and Head of the Graduate School at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Following an undergraduate degree in Biological Chemistry & Zoology, he pursued postgraduate studies in Biochemistry at University College, London and in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Liverpool, UK. Subsequently, he was awarded a Royal Society Post-doctoral Research Fellowship to work at the Medical School at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Following his appointment to a ‘New Blood’ lectureship, and subsequently to a Chair, at the University of Southampton, UK, his research has focused on using proteomics to study host-pathogen interactions as well as on the development of new proteomic approaches. His research in these areas has continued since joining Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou last year. He has authored, or co-authored, more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and edited two books including Proteomics – Methods Express. Professor O’Connor was President of the British Society for Proteome Research (2009-2011) and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology.