How our academics are building a brighter future together, Dr Amanda Ash

How Murdoch's people are building a brighter future: Dr Amanda Ash

This is a shared journey that welcomes anyone who wants to make the world a better place. Meet Dr Amanda Ash from Murdoch’s School of Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences.

The term parasites might conjure up images of tiny threatening microorganisms, sci-fi movies and more – but they can be an essential part of our ecosystem that need to be understood to avoid infection and provide optimal health in both humans and animals.  

This is exactly what Murdoch University’s Dr Amanda Ash is working on, in both her teaching and research. Originally from a small country town on the Murray River, Dr Ash spent years travelling before then moving to Perth and studying her PhD at Murdoch. 

This took her to Africa where she studied the parasites of the African Painted Dog.  

“I have been researching parasites ever since,” says Dr Ash.  

“In 2018 I obtained a lecturing position at Murdoch, teaching parasitology to students.” 

For Dr Ash, her teaching goals are to help students become confident, considered and independent thinkers who are ready to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of professional life. 

Murdoch University’s Strategy, Ngala Kwop Biddi, Building a Brighter Future together is about ensuring our students have an encouraging and welcoming space to help them realise their potential.  

“[To me, Ngala Kwop Biddi means] being inclusive and providing an environment which encourages learning and growth for the whole Murdoch community,” says Dr Ash.    

In terms of research, Dr Ash is passionate about developing and implementing methods which directly improve the health and welfare of animals and humans at risk of parasitic infections.  

Much of my research has involved working in low resource countries aiming to improve the health of people and animals in remote rural regions. This has involved increasing food safety and improving human and animal health in environments where parasitic disease is endemic.” 

Murdoch University has, from its foundation in 1974, been a university of difference. Established as the second university in WA, Murdoch has always been associated with environment and conservation, social justice and inclusion.  

We are on a journey to a brighter future 
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17 Apr 2024



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