Cynthia L. Bristow, MS, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, attended The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where she completed an M.S. in Biometry under the direction of Dr. M. C. Miller, III, and a Ph.D. in Basic and Clinical Immunology and Microbiology under the direction of Dr. Robert Boackle and the internationally celebrated, pioneer immunologist, Dr. H. Hugh Fudenberg. Bristow served as assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill for several years, and completed a clinical fellowship in Medical Laboratory Immunology (CPEP) under the guidance of Dr. James D. Folds, before taking on the study of dendritic cells at The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Steinman, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. Bristow was assistant professor in Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine for four years and assistant professor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College for three years before stepping down to pursue development of multiple products culminating from 30 years of academic research.
Bristow has been invited to speak at many research institutions including NIH, Duke University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University, and at several international meetings and symposia including the XIII International AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa (2000), 2nd International Workshop on HIV Persistence, St. Maarten, West Indies (2005), and the International Symposium HIV & Emerging Infectious Diseases , Marseille, France (2012). Bristow has received several professional awards and special recognitions including “Woman of the Year,” 2006, American Biographical Institute Board of International Research and Who's Who in: The World, America, the South and Southwest, American Women, Science and Engineering, Finance and Industry, Medicine and Healthcare.