Research Instructor in Medicine
Clinical Pharmacology

Professional Bio

Ashley L. Pitzer, PhD, is a Research Instructor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
She is interested in the molecular mechanisms and genes responsible for cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis, and
hypertension. As a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine, her doctoral dissertation was a molecular study of the mechanism of RIG-I inflammasome in vascular endothelial cell dysfunction.
Dr. Pitzer’s studies and experiences in different labs uniquely prepared her to study diverse molecular and physiologic processes that contribute to a variety of conditions. She continued training as a postdoctoral researcher with Drs. Annet Kirabo (VUMC) and Tom Kleyman (University of Pittsburg) studying the contribution of the NLRP3 inflammasome to cardiovascular disease.


PhD - Pharmacology & Toxicology - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School of Virginia - 2017
Fellowship - Postdoctoral - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2022