MSc Microbiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
As a kid Ashley wanted to do three things, be a rock star, travel the world, and be a scientist. He quickly learned that he was not talented enough to make it in the music industry and so began his journey to fulfill his remaining two dreams. After completing an Honours degree in Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Ashley took up a position at the HIV Prevention Research Unit where he served as the LIMS Administrator. Boredom quickly crept in and he decided to pursue a research based MSc degree in microbiology. This decision would change his life forever as it ultimately led to him securing a position as a Global Academic Fellow (GAF) in Biology at NYU Shanghai in 2013-2014. Following a stint as a GAF at NYU Abu Dhabi in 2014-2015, Ashley now holds the position of Assistant Instructor of Biology at NYUAD where he teaches recitations for Foundations of Science (FoS) 3 and 4 as well as the FoS 1 and 2 Seminar course. In addition to teaching, Ashley's interest in research has not waned. He is currently affiliated with the Amin lab with his research focused on novel drug discovery. Level unlocked: "World Travelling Scientist."