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My name is Ashley Ingiosi, and I am a BRAIN Initiative K99/R00 investigator & Ruth L. Kirschstein  postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Marcos Frank, PhD at Washington State University in Spokane. My current research focuses on the role of astrocytes in sleep and sleep homeostasis.


  • Sleep & Sleep Homeostasis

  • Astrocytes

  • Neuronal-glial interactions

  • Neuroinflammation

  • In vivo imaging

  • Autism spectrum disorder



​PhD in Neuroscience, 2015

University of Michigan

​BS in Biopsychology & Cognitive Science and General Biology, 2006

University of Michigan​

A role for astroglial calcium in mammalian sleep and sleep regulation

Ingiosi AM, Hayworth CR, Harvey DO, Singletary KG, Rempe MJ, Wisor JP, Frank MG (2020) Current Biology 30:4373-4383.e7

Video shows astrocyte activity in the brain during non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREMS), rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) and wakefulness (WAKE) as captured with a genetically encoded calcium indicator and miniscope. Video shown is 16x faster than normal speed.
A quick discussion of our main findings can be found here.

News &


Scholarship recipient for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation Young Investigators Research Forum 2021 cohort
Selected for Brown University Carney Institute's Brain Science External Postdoc (BrainExPo) Seminar Series
June 28, 2021
Selected for Yale University Neuroscience Department Seminars at Yale Neuroscience: Advanced PoStdoc Extramural Series (SYNAPSES)
May 6, 2021
Recipient of 2019 World Sleep Society Young or New Investigator Award

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

Star light, star bright: considerations for imaging astrocyte dynamics
March 17, 2021
Inscopix INSPIRE Webinar Series (Invited)
Of sleep and stars: defining a role for astrocytes in sleep and sleep homeostasis
February 25, 2021
Keystone eSymposia on Sleep & Circadian Rhythms: Pillars of Health (Invited)
Twinkle, twinkle little star: defining a role for astrocytes in sleep and sleep regulation
October 20, 2020
Providence Sleep Research Interest Group seminar series, Brown University (Invited)
October 22, 2020
Behavioral Sleep Medicine Seminar Series, University of Arizona (Invited)
Shining a light on glial contributions to sleep and sleep regulation
September 10, 2020
Biology Department Seminar, California State University, Long Beach (Invited)
- About the cover image -
A pseudocolored max projection image of astrocytes expressing a genetically encoded calcium indicator in vivo (unpublished). Not to be shared without permission.