Faculty of Arts and Science
Valedictorian and Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold)
O’Flaherty’s academic training focuses on chemical biology with an emphasis on nucleic acid chemistry.
During his graduate studies, he prepared a variety of DNA sequences containing biologically relevant DNA damage to investigate two cellular mechanisms responsible for coping/repairing such DNA adducts.
While at Concordia, he was on the executive of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Student Association and carried out two research visits to Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
O’Flaherty’s postdoctoral work involves research pertaining to the origins of life.
3 keys to a good education
- Think critically beyond what is described in the classroom or lab.
- Organize your workday with concise and realistic goals.
- Be willing to try something outside of your comfort zone.
2 lessons learned at Concordia
- Trust in your own decision-making instead of always seeking other people's opinions.
- Develop the self-confidence to tackle issues without letting the fear of failing keep you from trying at all.
1 piece of advice for graduates
- Don't focus on what you already know — pursue a career that keeps you learning and challenged.
Next great goal
- To conduct a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital.