Ashleigh Chandra

Ashleigh Chandra

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Optometry and Vision Science

PhD Candidate

Research Title: Preventing falls in a high risk, vision impaired population through specialist orientation and mobility services

Supervisors: Professor Lisa Keay, Professor Stephen Jan, Professor Pradeep Ramulu




Ashleigh is a PhD candidate in the School of Optometry and Vision Science working in conjunction with the George Institute for Global Health, Injury Division. Her main research interests include vision and neuroscience. She has spent the last three years working on projects at the Save Sight Institute in Sydney Eye Hospital, where she earned her Master’s by Research. She now hopes to contribute to the field of vision research by entering the public health domain and is thrilled to be working on a project that could provide real benefits to people in the Australian community living with vision impairment.


2019- current PhD Optometry and Vision Science / Public Health, UNSW Sydney

2016-2018 Master of Philosophy (Medicine), University of Sydney

2015-2016 Graduate Diploma in Science, University of Sydney

2011-2015 Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience), University of Sydney


  1. Chandra A.J., Lee S.C.S., Grünert U., Thorny ganglion cells in marmoset retina: Morphological and neurochemical characterization with antibodies against calretinin, The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 525 (18) · September 2017 


University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS), Travel Grant 2018
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, Travel Grant, 2018
University of Sydney Higher Degree Research Symposium, 1st Prize for Presentation 2018
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, Best Oral Presentation, 2017


Chandra A.J., Lee S.C.S., Masri R.A., Grünert U., Melanopsin containing ganglion cells and displaced cholinergic amacrine cells in human retina express calbindin.  Poster A0234. Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Honolulu, Hawaii 29 Apr - 3 May 2018


University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science

The George Institute for Global Health

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney Australia

Dana Centre for Preventative Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA