Immunofluorescent microscopy of eukaryotic cells infected with an enveloped RNA virus. Virus glycoproteins in red, eukaryotic cell nuclei in blue. The virus particles are assembled in the endoplasmic reticulum adjacent to the nucleus and bud through the endomembrane to acquire their lipid envelope. The virus actively inhibits cell death to prolong replication.
Alan McGreevy is an instructor in the Department of Biology at the University of Winnipeg. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba, studying neurotropic enteroviruses at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biology at Queen’s University. He worked in the Chemical Protection Group at the Royal Military College of Canada, focusing on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness for first responders. He received a Master of Science in Medical Microbiology from the University of Manitoba, studying Rift Valley Fever Virus in the Special Pathogens Unit at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. He is a registered member of the Canadian College of Microbiologists, a registered biological safety officer with the Canadian Association for Biological Safety and an academic affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.