After completing her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2007, Ashlee spent time as a research assistant at Lynntech, where she worked on a diverse portfolio of projects with applications ranging from biofuel production to photodynamic therapy agents.
After over a year in industry, Ashlee joined the PhD program in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Toronto in 2009, where she was a Colin Hahnemann Bayley Fellow. After receiving her PhD in Polymers and Materials Chemistry in 2014, Ashlee returned to Texas A&M University as a postdoctoral research associate. In 2016, Ashlee served as an entrepreneurial lead in the NSF Innovation Corps programme, and has since transitioned to research in natural-product based degradable polymer systems with a focus on their scale-up and commercialisation.