UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Ashton Miller

Miller is studying the immune system of geriatric horses, particularly those with PPID, or equine Cushing’s disease.
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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Ashton Miller
Miller is studying the immune system of geriatric horses, particularly those with PPID, or equine Cushing’s disease. | Photo Credit: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture
Name: Ashton Miller
From: Charlottesville, Virginia
Degree and institute where received: BS in health services administration and a minor in business, James Madison University

Ashton Miller chose to come to the University of Kentucky (UK) to pursue her doctoral degree in veterinary science because the program blends of her two passions–horses and science.

“UK’s Veterinary Science department is unique in that its research is focused on the horse,” she said. “There are very few places in the world where so many people are gathered in one location to investigate equine health … and equine health only.”

Miller is currently working in the laboratory of Amanda Adams, PhD, assistant research professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center. Miller’s research is focused on the immune system of geriatric horses, particularly those with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID)—a common endocrine disease in older horses, which is commonly referred to as Cushing’s disease

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