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 fulfil his remaining two dreams. After completing an Honours degree in Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Ashley took up a position at the South African Medical Research Council where he served as the LIMS Administrator in the HIV Unit. Unaccustomed to remaining behind a desk, boredom quickly crept in and he decided to pursue a research based MSc degree in microbiology where he investigated thermophilic cellulases for biotech application. 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 biology in Foundations of Science and a scientific writing course. In addition to teaching, Ashley’s interest in research has not waned. He is currently affiliated with the Amin lab with his research focusing on bacterial and diatom interactions and the metabolites they exchange, together with interrogating the genomes of the diatom core microbiome. Level unlocked: “World Travelling Scientist”.
Assistant Instructor of Biology
University of KwaZulu-Natal, M.Sc Microbiology