Ashtyn Smith

Ashtyn picI am a second-year graduate student in the Kipnis lab, and I study the role of the immune system on recovery after spinal cord injury. Research has demonstrated monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages to benefit recovery after spinal cord injury. My research aims to understand the routes and mechanisms used by monocytes to infiltrate the spinal cord after injury. Furthermore, I am interested in how this route influences monocyte function and impacts injury pathogenesis.