Watts, Ashlee individual record
Associate Professor

My research and clinical interests are cartilage repair, osteoarthritis prevention, tendon repair and regenerative medicine. My lab investigates the role of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells in regenerative medicine for musculoskeletal injury through research efforts as well through the clinical care of equine veterinary patients. My lab also investigates novel routes of regenerative medicine such as the use of miRNA replacement therapy and gene therapy targets. I am experienced in modeling musculoskeletal injury in large animal models including use of the carpal osteochondral fragment model of stable osteoarthritis and the collagenase model of tendinopathy. Accurate and careful models in large animals are critical for successful translational research to bridge the bench to bed-side in an efficient and precise manner.

My teaching is largely clinical teaching during clinical rotation of veterinary students during their fourth and final year of veterinary school. Additionally I teach undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory in the development and completion of their own and groups research projects.

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Academic Articles41
  • Suva, L. J., Cooper, A., Watts, A. E., Ebetino, F. H., Price, J., & Gaddy, D. (2021). Bisphosphonates in veterinary medicine: The new horizon for use.. Bone. 142, 115711-115711.
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  • Navas de Solis, C., Gilmour, L. J., Coleman, M. C., Watts, A. E., Bevevino, K. E., Glass, K. G., Hardy, J., & Chaney, K. P (2021). Effectiveness of a digital interactive multimedia tutorial for preparing veterinary students to perform ultrasonography in horses.. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 258(2), 165-169.
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  • Fortier, L. A., Goodrich, L. R., Ribitsch, I., Schnabel, L. V., Shepard, D. O., Van de Walle, G. R., Watts, A. E., & Whealands Smith, R. K. (2020). One health in regenerative medicine: report on the second Havemeyer symposium on regenerative medicine in horses. 15(6), 1775-1787.
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  • Fortier, L. A., Goodrich, L. R., Ribitsch, I., Schnabel, L. V., Shepard, D. O., Watts, A. E., Smith, R., & Van de Walle, G. R. (2020). Corrigendum. 15(9), 2143-2143.
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  • Rowland, A. L., Miller, D., Berglund, A., Schnabel, L. V., Levine, G. J., Antczak, D. F., & Watts, A. E. (2020). Cross‐matching of allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells eliminates recipient immune targeting. 10(5), 694-710.
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  • Watts, A. E., & Fortier, L. A. (2019). Casting and Transfixation Casting Techniques. Equine Fracture Repair. 188-218. Wiley.
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  • Watts, A. E., & Nixon, A. J. (2019). Luxation of the Shoulder. Equine Fracture Repair. 588-602. Wiley.
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  • Watts, A. E. (2014). Regenerative Medicine in Orthopedics. Robinson's Current Therapy in Equine Medicine: Seventh Edition. 107-111. Elsevier.
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Conference Papers2
  • NIXON, A. J., GOODRICH, L. R., SCIMECA, M. S., WITTE, T. H., SCHNABEL, L. V., WATTS, A. E., & ROBBINS, P. D. (2007). Gene Therapy in Musculoskeletal Repair. 1117(1), 310-327.
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Texas A&M University; Large Animal Clinical Sciences; 4475 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4475