Ashley graduated in 2017 from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in biochemistry. While in undergrad, she was an NCAA student athlete fall-spring, and was not heavily involved in research on campus outside of her coursework. She sought summer opportunities at the University of Buffalo (UB), where she found a wonderful mentor and love for her current field, toxicology. After graduating, she joined the Toxicology Training Program at the University of Rochester in the fall of 2018, and subsequently joined her current lab to study mechanisms of methylmercury toxicity using the fruit fly model organism. Since joining, she passed her qualifying exam in September 2019 to advance to candidacy, and has mentored two students. In her free time, she trains for marathons, explores WNY on her bike, and writes for her blog.
Favorite quote: “Be as kind to yourself as you are hard on yourself.” – Alexi Pappas, Distance runner