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I am a eukaryotic parasitologist, specialising in molecular identification and ecology of aquatic helminths. Early research focused on introduced parasites of fish such as Sanguinicola inermis in carp (PhD, Royal Holloway University of London and Thames Water), Anguillicoloides crassus in eels (Leverhulme Trust Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Exeter and Royal Holloway) and Atractolytocestus huronensis in carp (Research Fellowship, Kingston University). I worked as an aquatic consultant and then joined Kingston University as a research fellow, progressing to associate professor. I have supervised MSc and PhD research projects on schistosomiasis, fish parasites, histology, cercarial dermatitis and led the UK Digenean Diversity Project which has resulted in molecular identification of many digenean parasites of freshwater snail vectors in the UK for the first time. I am also generating a UK Freshwater Fish Parasites Database with my colleague, Dr Bernice Brewster. I am currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at Kingston University.
Visiting Senior Fellow in Parasitology
My research publications can be accessed from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ruth-Kirk/research. My current research focuses on:
I am an external and internal assessor of grant applications for international research councils and provide peer reviews for many life science journals and books.