Meet Ashley Ross

“This photo was taken last year when I was on vacation touring Italy. I took a few weeks away from my research to enjoy the Mediterranean beaches, visit Pompeii, and eats lots of gelato!”, says Ashley.

“This photo was taken last year when I was on vacation touring Italy. I took a few weeks away from my research to enjoy the Mediterranean beaches, visit Pompeii, and eats lots of gelato!”, says Ashley.

Ashley Ross is pursuing her Ph.D. in Pathobiology at University of Guelph. She is currently researching on cancer therapies at the Ontario Veterinary College. In her spare time, she likes to play clarinet, run, swing dance, and bake cakes.

When did your love of STEM begin?

I started to love STEM in high school. I had an excellent teacher who inspired me to take more courses in STEM - the rest is history! I want people to know that your love of STEM does not have to start when you were a little kid. It's OK to keep an open mind to new things and see where life takes you.

What is the best part about working in the field of STEM?

I love my job. The best part is when you see that your work has an impact on the world.

What advice would you give young women interested in a career in STEM?

Never let anyone tell you that you don't belong. You do. If you are passionate about it - go for it!
Also, learn to program. There will be a lot of good jobs related to computers, and I wish I had been encouraged to learn this skill at a younger age.

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