The Doctoral Program in Microbiology provides advanced training and education for students with the desire and ability to thrive in a stimulating, research-oriented graduate program leading to careers in science in the academic, governmental, or private sectors.
Ashley Knox, PhD Student, Van Dyk Lab
Ashley studies the transcriptional regulation of non-coding RNAs during gammaherpesvirus infection, and how these transcripts alter pathogenesis and benefit viral establishment and the development of malignancies. Gammaherpesviruses viruses have been evolving with their hosts for a very long time, so they know all of our cellular ins and outs – thus we can learn a lot from these viruses about how our own cells work!
Ashley has received numerous awards including a Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases T32 training grant position in 2019 and funding from the CU Anschutz RNA Bioscience Initiative. She recently gave an oral presentation at the American Society of Virology 2020 virtual meeting and participates as a mentor for Mentor Collective.
Outside of the lab Ashley likes to read and write, play video games, listen to music, attend concerts (pre-COVID), kickbox for fitness, shoot arrows at paper, spend time with her friends and family, and spoil her pet cat. Ashely says to take care of yourself! If you are pursuing graduate studies, science is obviously important to you and that’s great – but you are not a science robot, you are a full human that needs rest, fun hobbies, and support from your loved ones, which will help you do better science in the long run.