My name is Ashley Spann and I am a senior Biology major and bioinformatics minor from Douglasville, Georgia. Throughout my undergraduate career I have participated in several research opportunities focused on the role of cell signaling in cancer biology, including an exclusive fellowship the summer of 2010 at Merck Research Laboratories in the Department of Automated Biotechnology. I will be attending the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in the fall of 2011 and in the summer prior to matriculation, I will be participating in the UAB CaRES program investigating Gli-mediated transcription and its role in the metastasis of breast cancer. After receiving my medical degree, I intend to pursue further research opportunities in the fields of drug discovery and cancer treatments by obtaining a Master’s of Science in Clinical/Translational Research to help me build upon my existing analytical strengths and continue research in this field to explore potential therapeutic interventions. By increasing my working knowledge of the health sciences and those specific efforts to merge the disciplines of science and medicine, my patients will benefit by having a physician who not only examines the physiological basis for their afflictions, but also seeks to discover pharmacological solutions. As a physician, my goal is to not only be of immediate, direct assistance to my patients, but also seek advancements in global health through extended research and clinical trials.