Student Volunteers

Aashima Auplish

Aashima Photo_smallAashima Auplish is a final year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, from the University of Melbourne. She has a strong interest in global health, in particular, the relationship between the control of zoonoses, alleviation of poverty and improved development in low-resource communities. Aashima has pursued research focusing on neglected tropical diseases, including leishmaniasis and rabies and has also completed an internship at the World Health Organisation.

She has been diagnosed with the contagious travel bug and is constantly planning the means and justification for the next adventure away. Aashima looks forward to pursuing a career with field work and travel, as a public health veterinarian and collaborating with other health professionals to promote a One Health approach

Filimon M. Haile

Filimon Photo_smallFilimon M. Haile holds a DVM degree and MSc in Tropical and Infectious Diseases and is currently doing a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology at Melbourne University. He has served as a lecturer and researcher at Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology in Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Jigjiga University, Ethiopia. His research interest includes understanding disease pathogenesis, animal models, zoonotic diseases of public health importance, One Health and global health. He has an extensive experience in working with pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in Ethiopia, where he participated in training community animal health workers, community based disease surveillance and endogenous knowledge management.

Michael Muleme

Michael Photo_smallMichael Muleme is from Uganda and is currently doing a PhD at The University of Melbourne. This PhD research focusses on investigating the dynamics of Coxiella burnetii infections in goats to inform intervention strategies for prevention of transmission of the agent to humans and other domestic animals. Michael is passionate about the promotion of health through community based participatory approaches as well as people-focused applied research.

Thomas Teoh

Thomas Photo_smallThomas graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2013 and subsequently moved to Melbourne for it’s lovely balmy weather. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the epidemiology of zoonotic rickettsial diseases, and in his spare time helps out with some of the classes at the University of Melbourne. 

At home, he is best buds with Quaver, a miniature fox terrier cross, with whom he has lengthy philosophical discussions about the nature and existence of missing chew toys. 

Nina Tinning

Nina Photo_smallNina is a 3rd year Bachelor of Social Work student at Deakin University. Nina has developed a strong interest in the link between human wellbeing and connectedness with the natural environment. She is particularly interested in how stigma (mental health, disability and dementia) impacts on people’s access to natural environments.




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