Ashley Munie Gardner, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Studies microglia responses in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disease using mice that express human factors to support human cell engraftment.

I began my postdoctoral work at The Jackson Laboratory in the lab of Lenny Shultz in January 2023. My goal is to better understand the intricate connection between the nervous and immune systems during homeostasis and disease. My current research focuses on understanding how microglia contribute to proper central nervous system function, and utilizes humanized mouse models to better understand the role of microglia in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. 

Prior to my postdoctoral training, I received my PhD in Immunology from the University of Michigan, where I worked in the lab of Benjamin Segal studying the regulation of myeloid cells in a murine model of Multiple Sclerosis. Part of this work was performed in the Neurology Department at The Ohio State University.

I am passionate about ensuring science and research is accessible to all. I share this enthusiasm with aspiring scientists and the general public by mentoring and training undergraduate students, hosting podcasts focused on immunological concepts, and participating in other outreach activities.

Previous Awards and Accolades:

2021-2023 – NINDS F31 Funding
2021 – John Wallace Diversity Award, Autumn Immunology Conference
2020 – AAI Trainee Abstract Award, American Association of Immunologists (Meeting Canceled)
2017 – Bernard Maas Fellowship, University of Michigan


University of Michigan Ph.D., Immunology Adv: Dr. Benjamin Segal 2017-2022
Murray State University B.S., Biomedical Science 2013-2017


The Jackson Laboratory Postdoctoral fellow Adv: Dr. Lenny Shultz 2023-Present

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