Introducing Azadeh Tavakoli, PhD candidate working on a clinical trial exploring the impact of probiotics (helpful bacteria for human body health) and prebiotics (dietary fibres that feed the friendly bacteria in the gut) on reducing signs and symptoms of dry eye disease with A/Professor Maria Markoulli, A/Professor Judith Flanagan and Professor Eric Papas.

Dry eye disease is a symptomatic condition and one of the most frequent presentations to optometrists. Research shows dry eye has features of a chronic inflammatory disorder. Additionally, the association of the gut microbiome with inflammation in the body has been outlined. Therefore, her research focuses on reducing the level of inflammation on the eye by modifying gut function and exploring potential novel therapies that aim to modify healthy bacterial communities as a treatment for Dry Eye Disease.

Azadeh was a recipient of the 2019 Dorothy Carlborg CCLSA Research Award and an IMNIS mentee of Med Tech-Pharma Program NSW. For more information about Azadeh and her research see here: https://bit.ly/3sr1TIr

PhD Student, Madeeha Azfal 

My journey for Australia started with lots of hopes, dreams, excitement, and fear as well. It was hard initially as being an international PhD student and Mom of a toddler. Soon I began to understand the new way of life experiences and circumstances. People are very kind and amazing. Living in Australia means encountering many opportunities. Its life quality and natural beauty makes it place worth living.
I would like to recommend all my family and friends to visit Australia once at least. I feel lucky to be a part of UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science and working under the supervision of prestigious supervisors. Happy Australia Day! 

PhD Student, Binod Rayamajhee 

I am fortunate to be here in this beautiful country, Australia as an HDR student of UNSW Sydney. I have found Australia to be a symbol of "strong unity in diversity", each part of the country is a "welcoming place". The breathtaking countryside and beautiful beaches are amazing. On top of it all, Australia is a country with respect, care, diverse opportunities and has one of the most advanced education systems in the world. 
Happy Australia Day!