Claire Lyons is a student at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she expects to receive a DVM in 2018.
Claire started working in the lab in the spring of 2012, studying megakaryocyte density within the bone marrow of SIV-infected versus uninfected macaques to determine whether decreased megakaryocyte density was a cause of thrombocytopenia in infected animals as a portion of Dr. Metcalf Pate's PhD. thesis. She then studied the presence of synaptophysin, a protein whose presence shows non-apoptotic damage to neurons, in the brain tissue of SIV-infected macaques to see if CNS disease prevalence and severity is affected by neuronal damage. Claire then moved onto a project focused on monocytes/macrophages in the brain tissue of infected macaques, since they show movement across the blood-brain-barrier into the brain early in SIV infection and may help establish latent reservoirs of virus within the brain.
Catherine Cryer is a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, expecting her VMD in 2017.
Catherine joined Dr. Metcalf Pate's lab for the summer of 2014, working on a project that investigated latent virus reservoirs utilizing immunocompromised mice who are 'macaque-ized' (meaning that they contain cells from a macaque).