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Claire Levy, Ph.D. (she/her)

Claire Levy, Ph.D. (she/her)

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University of California, Santa Cruz, B.S., Marine Biology, 2006

University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, Ph.D., Molecular Biology, 2012

  • Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, 2012-2014

Claire is a supportive staff researcher who has prioritized work-life balance. Claire started teaching about infectious diseases in high school as a Peer Health Educator. After studying Marine Biology and discovering, a) entry level positions were unpaid, and b) she gets seasick, she applied for a Masters in Infectious Disease in order to gain work experience and live abroad again. One year away turned into five when she accidentally applied for a Ph.D. program. After a two-year postdoc at The Scripps Research Institute and a break from academia in the start-up arena, Claire got back to the bench in the role of supporting a newly established Infectious Disease Lab at UCSF, in October 2016. In 2018, the PI's move to industry dissolved the lab and Claire joined the Nijagal Lab, enthusiastic to join another group that makes an effort to foster a positive work environment.

  1. Pathogenesis of malignant catarrhal fever, Centre for Infectious Diseases Symposium, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, June 2009
  2. Identification and characterization of ovine herpesvirus 2 microRNAs, Centre for Infectious Diseases Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, May 2010
  3. Identification of ovine herpesvirus 2 microRNAs, International Herpesvirus Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT, July 2010
  4. Characterization of protein interactions with PI3K mutants, 3rd Annual TSRI Training Grant Retreat, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, June 2013
  1. "Personal Statement", TRUE ADMISSIONS: College Essays by Berkeley High Students; Janet Huseby, compiler; Berkeley High Development Group, 2006.
  2. Levy, C.S., J. Hopkins, et al. (2012). "Novel virus-encoded microRNA molecules expressed by ovine herpesvirus-2." Journal of General Virology 93(1): 150-154.
  3. Riaz, A., I. Dry, et al. (2013). "Ovine herpesvirus-2 encoded microRNAs target virus genes involved in virus latency." Journal of General Virology 95(2): 472-480.
  4. Nightingale, K., C.S. Levy, et al. (2014). "Expression of ovine herpesvirus-2 encoded microRNAs in an immortalized bovine-cell line." Plos One 9(5): e97765
  5. Alkhani, A., C.S. Levy, et al. (2020). "Ly6cLo non-classical monocytes promote resolution of rhesus rotavirus-mediated perinatal hepatic inflammation." Scientific Reports 10(1):7165.
  6. Mohamedaly, S., C.S. Levy, et al. (2022). "Hepatic Ly6cLo non-classical monocytes have increased Nr4a1 (Nur77) in murine biliary atresia." Journal of Clinical Medicine 11(18):5290.
  7. Alkhani, A., C. Korsholm, et al. (2023). "Neonatal hepatic myeloid progenitors expand and propagate liver injury in mice." Journal of Clinical Medicine 12(1):337.


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