Carley McAlister

Coordinator Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Carley

Carley's research in the Perera lab has been focused in the recent months on antiviral screening against the etiological agent of COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. She has been developing assays for antiviral screening using state-of-the-art imaging cytometry. These assays have been instrumental in high-througput quantification of live and dead cells following SARS-CoV-2 infection, while also providing useful information regarding cytoprotection with drug treatments. Before the pandemic, her research involved studying dengue virus serotype 2 and Zika virus. Her work with these viruses revolved around the lipid metabolism axis and determining host factors important for viral replication. Originally from South Carolina, Carley loves being outside and doing active things, which is why she attended CSU. In her free time she loves to go on long hikes throughout Colorado, enjoying the views and fresh air. Swimming and running are her two favorite activities and one day she hopes to complete a marathon and a triathlon. During her weekends she tries to see as much live music as she can, whether it be local fort Collins artists, or a larger event at the Mishuwaka or Red Rocks. Music is great to see live, but also useful for those long days in the lab filled with science and brain power.


M.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University, 2020B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University, 2018


Rovnak, J; St Clair, L.A.; Lian, E.; McAlister, C.; Perera, R.; Cohrs, R.J. The 19th Rocky Mountain Virology Association Meeting. Viruses. 2020; 12(1).