Dr Ruth Ashbee is an Honarary Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK, and worked for 17 years as Principal Clinical Scientist in the Mycology Reference Centre, Leeds where she was responsible for the diagnosis and management of fungal infections in a wide range of patients. She set up and ran the therapeutic drug monitoring service for antifungals and was the lead author on the British Society for Medical Mycology (BSMM) national TDM guidelines. Other interests include diagnosis of fungal infections, pharmacogenomics of antifungals, infections in haematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients and teaching and training in mycology.
She has been the Secretary and a Committee member for the BSMM, and since 1998 has been the Director of the biennial BSMM course in diagnostic medical mycology. From 2012-2018 she served as a Vice President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology and during that time, she created a new ISHAM website and acted as Webmaster. She is currently writing an online course for ISHAM on Diagnostic Medical Mycology.
She has over 20 years of experience teaching in mycology and has run mycology courses in the UK and internationally. Since 2014, she has run her own business as an independent mycologist providing consultancy and training for industry, healthcare providers and academia.