Conor obtained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Seamus J. Martin. His PhD focused on how the biological activity of members of the Interleukin-1 family of cytokines (IL-36 cytokines) are regulated through proteolysis by neutrophil-derived proteases. Later, his focus shifted to molecular mechanisms underpinning how cytokine receptors of the TNF-superfamily (CD95/TRAIL-R) promote inflammation.
Now, he is exploring how cells sense and integrate damage signals (sterile or infectious) to coordinate responses that are essential to maintain homeostasis. He joined the laboratory of Caetano Reis e Sousa at the Crick in 2017 where he studies mechanisms of cross-presentation in dendritic cells.