BOptom (Hons), PhD, GradCertOcTher, FAAO, FBCLA
I am a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW. I lead a program of research into behavioural and host immune susceptibility to eye infections at UNSW and Westmead Institute for Medical Research.
IN THE MEDIA
Australian Financial Review (online 25/9 in print 26/9 page 44-45 https://www.afr.com/lifestyle/health/mens-health/rare-contact-lens-infection-outbreak-in-the-uk-is-a-concern-for-australia-too-20180924-h15tah
UNSW Science press release: https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/news/preventing-serious-eye-infection-contact-lens-wearers
Westmead Institute for Medical Research: https://www.westmeadinstitute.org.au/news-and-events/2018/preventing-serious-eye-infection-in-contact-lens-w
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Social Media Campaign: Healthy Contact lens wear (www.moorfields.nhs.uk/landing-page/healthy-habits-healthy-eyes)
(UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL/Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre) Investigation of the host genetic immune response to Acanthamoeba Keratitis, diagnosis of bacterial keratitis, genetics of corneal dystrophies and patient involvement in research initiatives.
The primary goal of my research is to develop diagnostic biomarkers and interventions to decrease the incidence and morbidity of conditions that disrupt homeostasis of the cornea. These conditions include corneal infection (microbial keratitis) and limbal stem cell dysfunction in contact lens wearers.
Understand the host immune and pathogen interaction in corneal infection to provide direction for better management and biologics discovery
Determine markers of limbal stem cell dysfunction in contact lens wearers
Involve and engage corneal disease patients, carers and relatives in research and support networks that will enhance their quality of life and provide targeted direction for research
Genetic susceptibility to cornea infection
Anterior eye disease immunology
Epidemiology limbal stem cell disease
Patient involvement in research.
Host immune response to bacterial keratitis: tear, corneal gene expression, genetics
Nanodiagnosis of corneal infection
Quality of life and economic impact of keratitis
Limbal stem cell dysfunction in contact lens wearers
Patient support and engagement in research
Australian Financial Review (online 25/9 in print 26/9 page 44-45 https://www.afr.com/lifestyle/health/mens-health/rare-contact-lens-infection-outbreak-in-the-uk-is-a-concern-for-australia-too-20180924-h15tah )
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Social Media Campaign: Healthy Contact Lens Wear
NIHR Moorfields/ UCL Biomedical Research Centre Cornea Acanthamoeba patient support and awareness program (2014) Acanthamoeba Keratitis patient-led Patient Information Leaflet; Patient and clinician focus group (April); BCLA Exhibition Stall: Improving compliance in CL wear; Research study: Do CL packaging “No water” warning stickers improve contact lens compliance
MHRA Informal Group on Contact Lens Related Infections: Invited Member (2014)
NIHR Moorfields/ UCL Biomedical Research Centre Cornea Patient Day (2013) Acanthamoeba Keratitis patient and carer research update and focus group exercise, London, Oct
James Lind Alliance/Fight for Sight Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership (2013) Setting priorities for corneal and external eye diseases research workshop, Invited participant London, April
OPTM6423: Therapeutics and the Posterior Eye (Masters of Clinical Optometry) Course Coordinator, since 2017
OPTM7308: Research Project (Masters of Optometry) Supervisor, since 2017
Westmead Applied Medical Science Honours Supervisor, since 2019