Dr Emma Gibson is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science and is a Senior Lecturer in Optometry at the University of the West of England UK.
Dr Gibson worked as a PhD candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales for almost four years where her research focussed on the effects of sex hormones, namely oestrogens and androgens, on the ocular surface and dry eye disease. Emma completed her PhD in December 2018, with Professor Fiona Stapleton and Dr Blanka Golebiowski. Her PhD work included collaborations with Dr Rachel Dear and Associate Professor Elgene Lim at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre Sydney, where they conducted a clinical study looking at the ocular surface effects of aromatase inhibitors (a breast cancer treatment). A large portion of Emma’s research also involved collaborations with the Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility at UNSW Sydney, with Dr Martin Bucknall, developing methods to measure low concentrations of sex hormones in small sample volumes, such as tears. During her four years at the UNSW, Emma played an active role in the Optometry Clinic, as a dispensing Optometrist and supervising students. She was also involved with teaching many of the undergraduate students in their practical classes across the course.
Emma completed her Bachelor degree in Optometry at Aston University England in 2012, followed by several years of work in Optometry practice in the UK before embarking on her PhD in Sydney. At The University of the West of England Dr Gibson is the Module Lead for the second year Contact lens and Anterior Eye Module in the undergraduate Optometry Programme and is also involved with teaching Binocular Vision. Emma’s research interests include meibomian gland disease, effects of sex hormones on the ocular surface, dry eye, mass spectrometry and ocular effects of breast cancer treatments.