Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Doctor of Philosophy
She was attracted to AUT by its world-class facilities, outstanding supervisors and expertise in sport and exercise, says Dr Ashley Gluchowski who came to AUT as an international student from Canada to study a Doctor of Philosophy.
“The facilities at the AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), based at AUT Millennium, are first class. The strength and conditioning laboratory had everything I needed to carry out quality research, whether it was clinical or practical in nature.
“The comprehensive facilities and expertise at SPRINZ really foster an impressive research community, and I’ve particularly enjoyed the lifelong relationships I’ve made with my research participants and my supervisor.”
Inspiring older adults to be active
For her doctoral research, Ashley focused on strength training in older adults.
“My research investigated resistance training modalities for the high functioning older adult. I chose this topic because of the importance of health and wellbeing in our rapidly ageing population. My research was supervised by Associate Professor Nigel Harris, who is not only an incredible supervisor but an even better human.”
Ashley’s research findings showed that older adults not only tolerate, but thrive on heavy load resistance training.
“Older adults are still able to increase their strength, bone density, muscle mass, functional capacity and decrease their fasting plasma glucose, insulin, bad cholesterol and inflammation as they age.”
A journey of lifelong learning
After completing her PhD in 2018, Ashley has moved to Europe where she now works as postdoctoral research fellow in sport and exercise physiology at the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
“In my current role, I’m working on a project funded by the European Union. I enjoy having a career in academia as it allows me to continue my journey of lifelong learning. I like working with research participants, and inspiring them to achieve their most active and healthy lifestyle.”
She would highly recommend AUT’s postgraduate sport programmes to others, Ashley says.
“I would absolutely recommend postgraduate study in sport and recreation at AUT. If you’re passionate about your topic, you’ll have everything you need to complete your degree at AUT.”