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Student Spotlight - Ashley Brandebura

PhD Candidate - Biochemistry

Ashley Brandebura

Laboratory of Dr. George Spirou

I received a double major in Political Science and Neuroscience from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. After college, I got a job as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Stage III Alzheimer’s Disease trials, where I worked with Alzheimer’s patients testing new pharmacological treatments. From this experience, I became very passionate about research, and I decided to apply to WVU. I am in a lab that studies the brain in early development. In Dr. Spirou’s lab, I use single cell RNA-Sequencing approaches to study genetic regulation of neural circuit formation. I hope to transition to a post-doctoral position and eventually run my own lab.

I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I love the culture, atmosphere and people (“Yinzers”) of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the only city I know of where it is totally normal to go to a restaurant and see pierogis on sandwiches or pizza (delicious). I am a huge hockey fan, and don’t mind still being a student because I definitely take advantage of the “Student Rush” discounted tickets to see the Pittsburgh Penguins. My other hobbies include craft beer tasting (I have tried over 200 different beers) and hiking.

Ashley Brandebura in lab