Ashleigh Bope

PhD Student

I am a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science Degree in the Environmental Science Graduate Program. Previously, I studied at Capital University, where I graduated with honors in Environmental Science and Biology. My research experience has focused on small mammal ecology, exploring the associations between mouse populations and habitat characteristics.

I am very excited to join Dr. Karen Dannemiller in researching the associations between asthma severity and microbial exposures in adult female bedrooms. Using qPCR and DNA sequencing, the fungal, bacterial and viral communities in bedroom dust will be quantified and identified. Statistical analysis will reveal any associations between exposure and sleep disruption. I am also helping to characterize the differences between dPCR and qPCR and the efficiencies associated with indoor dust collection and analysis methods.

Advisor: Karen Dannemiller