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Ashley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She received B.S. degrees in Biopsychology & Cognitive Science and General Biology from the University of Michigan where an introductory psychology class set her on a path for sleep research. Ashley received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan working with Dr. Mark Opp. She made transgenic mouse lines to study neuronal- and astroglial-specific contributions to sleep and neuroinflammatory interactions. Ashley then did a postdoc with Dr. Marcos Frank at Washington State University where she studied the role of astroglial calcium signaling in sleep expression and homeostasis. She found that astroglial calcium activity changes dynamically with sleep, wake, and sleep need and plays a role in compensatory responses to sleep loss. This work was funded by an F32 through NINDS, and she is currently funded via a K99/R00 through the BRAIN Initiative. She also loves to sing, DIY, and spend time with her husband and 3 kids.
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CAROLINE JIPA, MS  |  Lab Manager & Research Technician

Caroline is the lab manager for the Ingiosi Lab. Caroline earned her Bachelor of Science in Physics at The Ohio State University. She completed her honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Michael Poirer studying the binding kinetics of yeast pioneer factors to chromatin, and was awarded the 2019 Goldwater Scholarship. Caroline then joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Michigan where she developed an interest in neuroscience research. After graduating with her master's in Medical Science, Caroline joined the Ingiosi Lab. In her free time, she enjoys playing videogames, walks in the park, arts and crafts and spending time with her cat Willow.
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BRETT STEFFENILLA  |  Undergraduate Research Assistant

My name is Brett Steffenilla and I am an undergraduate student here at The Ohio State University. I am a neuroscience major on the pre-med track hoping to become a doctor one day. I chose to research sleep because while working in the hospital setting, I noticed how a lack of sleep impacts both staff and patients negatively. By researching the mechanisms behind sleep, I hope to increase the field’s understanding and prioritization of such a fundamental pillar of health.
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