Gilger Laboratory

September 2019







Brian Gilger | Principal Investigator

Dr. Brian Gilger is a Professor of Ophthalmology at NC State University. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, over 30 book chapters, and is the editor of five books, including the 2017 publication Equine Ophthalmology, Third Edition. He is also co-editor for the 2018 Springer Publication, Standards in Ocular Toxicology.  Dr Gilger also consults for many pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations.

He has served as president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, chair of the ARVO Animals in Research Committee, and as a member of the AAALAC Board of Trustees. He is board certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Toxicology, and a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He was awarded the 2018 American Veterinary Medical Association Clinical Research Award.

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Sara Smith | Post-doctoral Fellow

Dr. Sara M. Smith is finishing her ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine.  She will start in the Gilger Laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow in January 2020.





Elizabeth Crabtree | Ophthalmology Resident

Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree received her veterinary degree from University of Georgia in 2016. She completed a rotating equine internship at Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown CT in 2017 and an ophthalmology specialty internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in 2018. She is currently ophthalmology resident at NC State University. Her research interests include equine recurrent uveitis.






Darby Roberts | Ophthalmology Research

Darby is a 4th year undergraduate student at NCSU, graduating with a BS in Animal Science. She began working in the Gilger Lab in January 2019, and will continue working with the lab in conjunction with the CIFR to study fungal keratitis in horses as she completes her degree







Allison Blanchard | Ophthalmology Research

Allison graduated from NCSU with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Business Management.  She first started with The Gilger Lab as an undergraduate researcher in 2017, and joined the team as a researcher after graduating in 2018, and will continue to be a Gilger Lab Team member as a Veterinary Student at NC State University.






Beth Salmon | Research Technician

Beth graduated from NCSU with a BSc in Animal Science and joined The Gilger Lab in 2001. Her duties include maintaining the laboratory, performing and assisting with research projects, and making ocular implants for clinical use.