Senate | Ex-officio | President of Academic Council

Professor John Pluske

John PluskeProfessor John Pluske arrived as a Senior Lecturer (Physiology) in the School of Veterinary Studies at Murdoch University in June 1999. John has both a BSc(Agric.) and PhD from The University of Western Australia, and held prior appointments at The University of Alberta, Canada (18 months) and Massey University, New Zealand (3 years), before joining Murdoch University. John has been Associate Executive Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences), Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) on two occasions, Director of the Animal Research Institute, and was Associate Dean-Research in the newly-formed School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. Between August 2014 and February 2015, Professor Pluske was the Australian-American Fulbright Commission’s Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he was based at Kansas State University. Since March 2015, John has been President of Academic Council.

A committed teacher, John has twice been nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards, and was instrumental in assisting in the establishment, administration (as Academic Chair) and evolution of the Bachelor of Animal Science degree at Murdoch University, which is now firmly established as a success story for the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and the University. Moreover, Professor Pluske has supervised in excess of 25 PhD, Masters and Honours students to completion.

Professor Pluske’s research has focused on nutrition-gut disease interactions in pigs, pig nutrition, growth and development, feed and ingredient evaluation, nutrition-immunology-microbiome interactions, and nutritional alternatives to growth promoting antimicrobials including antimicrobial resistance. Since 1995, he has published in excess of 145 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 13 refereed book chapters, greater than 200 refereed and non-refereed conference proceedings, and has given more than 75 invited scientific presentations nationally and internationally. The total value of competitive research income Professor Pluske has attracted since 1999 exceeds AU $9.5 million (as PI or co-PI).

Professor Pluske currently sits on the Boards of the Pork CRC (Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork) and APRIL (Australasian Pork research Institute Ltd).