B.S., Biotechnology (minor, Technology Management), University of California–Davis, 2012 M.S., Animal Biology, University of California–Davis, 2015 Ph.D., Animal Science, Cornell University, 2019
Asha M. Miles is a research geneticist in the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory, ARS, USDA, in Beltsville, MD. She applies knowledge of molecular genetics, epidemiology, and microbiome science in an integrated approach to understand animal health and production. Her research priorities include refining and redefining economically important phenotypes, incorporating host and microbial genetics into prediction of phenotypic expression, and describing novel traits encompassing microbiome-based health and productive efficiency. Her larger objectives include redefining selection goals to improve dairy animals and meet domestic and international demands for safe, nutritious food as the world faces unprecedented challenges in food production thanks to burgeoning populations, diminishing resources, and the changing climate.