Ashanti Matlock, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Willsey Lab
Dr. Ashanti Matlock earned her BS in biology at Indiana University-Bloomington and completed her doctoral studies in biochemistry at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Dr. Matlock investigated the molecular interaction involved between Thg1, which is a tRNA modification enzyme, and its lone substrate tRNAHis. With this work, she discovered previously unknown roles for evolutionarily conserved residues in catalysis. Now, as a member of the Willsey Lab, she is applying her expertise in RNA and protein interactions to identify RNA targets of RNA-binding proteins strongly associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).