Ashley Best

Microbiology and Immunology

University of Louisville

I'm a doctoral candidate in microbiology and immunology at the University of Louisville. My research is on nutritional virulence of Legionella pneumophila, which causes Legionnaire's disease. These bacteria are considered to be "accidental human pathogens"; a lot of their abilities to cause damage to us comes from it just trying to acquire some food (it really likes to eat amino acids).

2 articles

How I used my research skills to help diagnose myself

It's hard to leave the science at the lab bench

Natural disasters leave behind more than just physical damage

A study in Japan traces links between disasters and mental illness

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The Graduate Research Fellowship Program favors elite schools – again

The early-career grants, meant to boost diversity, end up perpetuating disparities

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Don't fear germs – at least not too much

Microbes are neither purely 'good' nor 'bad'

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Beetles exploit bacteria labor to grow their exoskeletons

New research has revealed a "symbiotic organ" in weevils, showing how tiny organisms shape larger life

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