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Ashley Moore Ph.D.

Science & Engineering

Dr. Moore is currently on maternity leave

Dr. Ashley Moore specializes in molecular genetics, with a focus on the organization, expression, and evolution of genes. In particular, she is interested in small ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules. She has experience in both experimental and computational research. Since completing her Ph.D., Ashley has been teaching introductory biology and genetics courses at Red Deer College, with science education being her true passion. Her goal is to provide students with a valuable learning experience, one in which they develop inquisitive minds and critical thinking skills. Ashley encourages her students to pursue research opportunities and supervises those who wish to participate in independent research projects.

Outside of the classroom, Ashley is a supporter of science outreach. As a scientist, she feels she has a professional responsibility to engage the public through outreach to help increase scientific literacy. She was born and raised in Red Deer (and is a proud RDC alumna) and enjoys being actively involved in her community and her institution.


Ph.D. (Biomolecular Science), University of Lethbridge
B.Sc. (Biology, Honors), University of Lethbridge

Main Areas of Teaching

Introductory Cell Biology, Introductory Genetics, Molecular Genetics

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Moore, A.N., McWatters, D.C., Hudson, A.H., & Russell, A.G. (2018). RNA-Seq employing a novel rRNA depletion strategy reveals a rich repertoire of snoRNAs in Euglena gracilis including box C/D and Ψ-guide RNAs targeting the modification of rRNA extremities. RNA Biology.
  • Hudson, A.J., Moore, A.N., Elniski, D., Joseph, J., Yee, J., and Russell, A.G. (2012) Evolutionarily divergent spliceosomal snRNAs and a conserved non-coding RNA processing motif in Giardia lamblia. Nucleic Acids Research, 40(21):10995-11008.
  • Moore, A.N. and Russell, A.G. (2012) Clustered organization, polycistronic transcription, and evolution of modification-guide snoRNA genes in Euglena gracilis. Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 287:55-66.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Characterization of small nucleolar RNA repeats and other non-coding RNAs in the protist Euglena gracilis. 10th Annual RiboWest Conference (2014)
  • snoPatrol: Characterization of snoRNAs in the protist Euglena gracilis. RiboClub – National videoconference based in Sherbrooke, QC. (2013)
  • Elucidating the function of small nucleolar RNAs in Euglena gracilis using an RNA-silencing approach. 2nd Annual Biology Graduate Research Symposium, University of Lethbridge. Awarded 1st place oral presentation. (2013)
  • Utilizing small nucleolar RNA interference (snoRNAi) to elucidate snoRNA function in Euglena gracilis. 8th Annual RiboWest Conference. Awarded 1st place oral presentation. (2012)

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer with the Alberta Science Network (ASN): development and delivery of science demonstrations for local schools
  • Volunteer with the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair (CARSF): judge of science fair projects for local students

Current Research

  • Ongoing collaboration with researchers at the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute focusing on the analysis of genomic information from single-celled organisms

Professional and/or RDC Leadership

  • Red Deer College Student Awards Selection Committee, 2017 – present
  • Red Deer College Annual Student Science Conference, 2015 – present
  • Red Deer College Biosafety Advisory Committee, 2015 – present
  • Red Deer College Science Workshops, 2015 – present
  • Red Deer College Program Development Committee, 2015 – 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Undergraduate Biology Educators of Alberta

Awards and Honours

  • National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Ph.D., (2012-2015)
  • Government of Alberta Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2009 & 2012)
  • NSERC  Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - M.Sc, (2010)
  • Graduate Student Entrance Award, University of Lethbridge (2010)