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Ms Ashley Bigaran

BAppSci(Hons) | Masters(Clin.Ex.Phys)

Ms Ashley Bigaran

PhD student | Accredited Exercise Physiologist

+61 3 8532 1108

Ashley is an accredited exercise physiologist currently pursuing her PhD at the Mary McKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University (ACU). Her PhD project will be exploring the use of exercise medicine to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease in men diagnosed with prostate cancer receiving hormone therapy.

Ashley completed her Honours in Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University and the Baker Institute. She explored the effects of chemotherapy on aerobic power and cardiac function in breast cancer patients as a sub-study of a world-first project in breast cancer, exercise and heart failure at the Baker Institute. She previously completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at RMIT University, and a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. Ashley is an established clinician with a strong reputation in cardiovascular disease and exercise oncology and continues to consult clinically as an accredited exercise physiologist at the Baker Institute.

Ashley holds two adjunct academic appointments; Honorary Baker Institute Fellow within Sports Cardiology laboratory team and the Exercise Oncology team at the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program (ACU). Ashley is a committee member for the Exercise Sport Science Australia Victorian State Chapter Committee and the RMIT Exercise and Sport Science Degree Program advisory committee.


  • Honorary Baker Institute Fellowship (2017–2020)
  • Australian Government Research Training Program, PhD Scholarship (2017–2020)


  • Research Prize Finalist, Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association Scientific Meeting (2017)
  • Deakin University Honours publication grant (2016)

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