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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

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Dr Ruth Kirk

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Associate Professor in Parasitology


My fascination with parasite life cycles began during my BSc in Biological Sciences at Westfield College, University of London. Working with the Public Health Engineering Group at Imperial College further stimulated my interest in aquatic science, followed by a PhD CASE studentship on Sanguinicola inermis, a blood fluke parasite of carp (Cyprinus carpio), at Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with Thames Water. I established a Fish Parasitology and Pathology Consultancy at Royal Holloway and was then appointed as an Lecturer at Middlesex University, London. I worked on Anguillicoloides crassus, a pathogenic swim bladder nematode parasite of European eels, during a Leverhulme Trust Research Postdoctoral Fellowship at Exeter University and Royal Holloway. Subsequently, I formed my own aquatic consultancy company, Crucian UK, but then re-entered university life as a lecturer at Kingston University, London.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2003 - 2005 PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE
  • 1986 - 1990 PhD Fish Parasitology and Pathology
  • 1978 - 1982 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

Research Interests

Cercarial dermatitis
Molecular identification of parasites and vectors
Monitoring of UK mosquitoes
Histological techniques in human disease diagnosis

Teaching Area

LS6014 Bioscience project (module leader) LS6008 Medical Parasitology LS5003/4/5/6 Research Skills modules LS4001 Genes, Cells and Tissues LS4003 Scientific and Laboratory Skills

Other Professional Activity

External member of the Environment Agency Committee on Category 2 parasites.
Reviewer for parasitology and fisheries journals, research council grants.


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