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Asha M Miles

Research Geneticist (Animals)



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Contact

301-504-8665 (voice)
301-504-8092 (fax)

AGIL-ARS-USDA
10300 Baltimore Ave.
Bldg. 005, Room 313, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Areas of expertise

Molecular genetics, epidemiology, microbiome science

Education

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.

Outside USDA

Graduate Student Literature Review: Understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying mastitis-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Miles, A.M., Huson, H.J. 2021. Graduate Student Literature Review: Understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying mastitis. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(1):1183–1191. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2020-18297.

A cross-sectional study of dairy cattle metagenomes reveals increased antimicrobial resistance in animals farmed in a heavy metal contaminated environment-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gaeta, N.C., Bean, E., Miles, A.M., Gonçalves de Carvalho, D.U.O., Alemán, M.A.R., Carvalho, J.S., Gregory, L., Ganda, E.K. 2020. A cross-sectional study of dairy cattle metagenomes reveals increased antimicrobial resistance in animals farmed in a heavy metal contaminated environment. Frontiers in Microbiology. 11:590325. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.590325.

Time- and population-dependent genetic patterns underlie bovine milk somatic cell count-(Peer Reviewed Journal
Miles, A.M., Huson, H.J. 2020. Time- and population-dependent genetic patterns underlie bovine milk somatic cell count. Journal of Dairy Science. 103(9):1–13. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2020-18322.

Udder and teat conformational risk factors for elevated somatic cell count and clinical mastitis in New York Holsteins-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Miles, A.M., McArt, J.A.A., Leal Yepes, F.A., Stambuk, C.R., Virkler, P.D., Huson, H.J. 2019. Udder and teat conformational risk factors for elevated somatic cell count and clinical mastitis in New York Holsteins. Preventative Veterinary Medicine. 163(1):7–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.12.010.

A longitudinal study of digital cushion thickness and its function as a predictor for compromised locomotion and hoof lesions in Holstein cows-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Stambuk, C.R., McArt, J.A.A., Bicalho, R.C., Miles, A.M., Huson, H.J. 2018. A longitudinal study of digital cushion thickness and its function as a predictor for compromised locomotion and hoof lesions in Holstein cows. Translational Animal Science. 3(1):71–83. https://doi.org/10.1093/tas/txy107.
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