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Dr Ashleigh Homer

BAppSci Sport and Exercise Nutrition | MSc(Distinction) Human Nutrition (University of Otago)

Ashleigh is a research assistant within the Physical Activity and Behavioural Epidemiology laboratories. She completed her PhD in 2020 which focused on the relationships between sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic health across states of abnormal glucose metabolism, co-supervised by Professor David Dunstan, Professor Neville Owen and Professor John Hawley (Australian Catholic University). Currently, Ashleigh is an integral part of the OPTIMISE study team, in addition to being involved in a range of other physical activity and metabolism studies.

Prior to her PhD, Ashleigh completed her BAppSci and MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Ashleigh’s Masters research sparked her interest in the field of sedentary behaviour, which brought her to Melbourne."


  • Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship — formerly known as the Australian Postgraduate Award (2016)
  • J Cowie Nichols Prize in Nutrition, University of Otago (2016)
  • Bee Nilson Award for Masters, University of Otago (2014)


  • University of Otago Masters Scholarship (2015)
  • University of Otago Dux Scholarship (2011)

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