Hello, I’m Ashton and I am a postdoc in Zaccara lab @ CUIMC.
I have a BSc in Biochemistry, an MSc (Research) in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and I have just submitted my PhD thesis and am awaiting its conferral.
My love of RNA was fostered in my postgrad studies where I predominantly trained as a bioinformatician investigating biological networks in human health and disease. I have a keen interest in long-read sequencing and have experience in end-to-end experimental approaches using ONT sequencing, including the transcriptome-wide profiling of the human epitranscriptome direct RNA-seq.
During my PhD, I also investigated circular RNA, microRNA, RNA binding protein, and mRNA interaction networks using NGS data, and during the second year of my PhD I completed an industry-based internship where I evaluated RNA variants in ALS with NYGC sequencing data. I subsequently worked as a bioinformatician at this company during my final year as a PhD candidate.
In my post-doc I aim to investigate the m6A-dependent regulation of mRNA decay.