After interning in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Ashley joined Emory University’s Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD program in Atlanta, GA. There she studied the regulation of chronic infection phenotype, such as the overproduction of the exopolysaccharide alginate, in Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Joanna Goldberg’s laboratory. Ashley was awarded the F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Health and a CF@LANTA predoctoral fellowship funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to support her doctoral studies. Ashley has joined the Eswara lab to perform her postdoctoral research studying Staphylococcus aureus stress response as it relates to cell division and antibiotic resistance. Outside of the lab, she enjoys watching superhero and sci-fi movies, playing on sports teams, and going on adventures with her German Shephard dog.