Ashlyn Gary graduated with Honors at Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, concentrating in the neurobiology of behavior and mental health.
She is most fascinated with the intersection between neuroscience and behavior--the underlying biological mechanisms behind behavior and the mental processes that motivate it.
Since her freshman year, Ashlyn worked as a student researcher at the Talbot Lab. Research at the Talbot Lab focuses on the development and function of glial cells in the vertebrate nervous system, using genetic approaches in zebrafish to discover new genes with essential functions in the glial cells. These projects provide novel insights into glial cell development and function, define pathways that may be disrupted in disease, and may provide new avenues toward therapies for diseases of glia.
Ashlyn's undergraduate honors thesis investigated the role of microglia in a lysosomal storage disease called Mucolipidosis type IV, in hopes of providing a novel insight into the origins, neurological mechanisms, and progression of neurodevelopmental defects characteristic of lysosomal storage disease patients. Her research was awarded the Stanford University Oral Communication Program Excellence for Honors Thesis Presentation.
During her undergraduate career, Ashlyn was also a health advocate and researcher for the Stanford Emergency Department (ED). As a health advocate, her community work attempted to understand the social determinants of health affecting patients in Stanford's ED by screening patients for social and legal needs such as problems with health insurance, food security, homelessness, and employment and connecting these patients to appropriate community resources and partnerships.
Beyond Stanford, Ashlyn aspires to become a physician because she wants to engage with people and empower them to improve their health. Committed to promote the health and well-being of others, she aims to address the special challenges and needs of diverse communities through the lens of medicine and public health. Next fall, Ashlyn will be pursuing her Masters of Science in Community Health & Prevention Research, where she will work at the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic and research precision mental health, integrating her interests in neuropsychiatry, biotechnology, and community outreach. Through this program, Ashlyn is excited to develop the research skills for a future career in medicine as an aspiring physician who is dedicated to serving at a community level, not just at an individual level.