M. Ashley Spies, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor, Division of Medicinal & Natural Products, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Department of Biochemistry, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Michael Ashley Spies is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry (College of Pharmacy), and in the Department of Biochemistry (Carver College of Medicine), at the University of Iowa. He began his carrier as an independent investigator at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006, before relocating to the University of Iowa in 2012. A major focus of Dr. Spies' research group is on novel approaches that combine molecular dynamics simulations with high throughput in silico screening, including cheminformatics and docking, in order to gain better insight into protein-ligand interactions, and provide new platforms for drug-discovery. Dr. Spies' Ph.D. thesis work was done under the supervision of Prof. Richard Schowen, at the University of Kansas, after which he performed postdoctoral work at Osaka University (Katsuyuki Tanizawa's group), where he was a JSPS fellow and at the University of California, Davis (Michael Toney's group).