Ashlan is a combined DVM-PhD student at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, with a focus in Epidemiology and Global Health. She earned her double B.S. in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences from NC State University in 2019, along with a minor in Microbiology. She is particularly interested in zoonotic diseases, specifically the mechanisms by which such infections occur at the human-animal interface. She aims to one day work for a national or international health organization such as the CDC or WHO, where she can study transmission dynamics of infectious diseases through the One Health approach.