I have investigated various aspects of inherited and complex eye disorders ranging from the molecular basis and disease pathogenesis to the development of therapy and improvement of clinical diagnosis. Ongoing projects are focused on understanding the development and changes of sensory systems, specifically the visual system over time and with disease, and consolidated this knowledge to develop optimising eye health care service models.
My continuing research interests largely revolve around chronic, progressive disorders, foremost glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as these are major concerns in our society. Current investigations firstly aim to identify new clinical markers to enable early detection and intervention for these conditions. My second, equally important research goal emphasises the implementation of such knowledge in the form of improved technology, assessment or interpretation of clinical data within ophthalmic professions as well as collaborative care models.
Dr.med.vet. (equivalent PhD in Genetics; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1999)
MVM (equivalent DVM, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1996)
MN, University of Sydney, 2018
Current Student Projects (PhD and undergrad)
How many ganglion cells respond to a visual field stimulus?
How does retinal eccentricity drive the structure-visual function relationship?
Segmenting the Structure-Function Dilemma in Glaucoma
Systematic glaucoma screening and diagnostic effectiveness: improving patient outcomes through early detection
Identification of clinical predictors for conversion and progression of glaucoma
Evaluation of novel collaborative care models
Identification of clinical predictors for diabetes related risk, progression, and complications
Integration of new techniques, such as virtual reality, to improve functional vision assessments
Optomisation of eye health care delivery in Australia
TEACHING & OUTREACH
Courses I serve as supervisor on
OPTM5171: Research project 5A (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2014/OPTM5171.html)
OPTM5271: Research project 5B (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2014/OPTM5271.html)
OPTM7108: Research skills in Optometry (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2013/OPTM7108.html)
Member of the Australian College of Nursing
Member of the Imaging and Perimetry Society
Member of the Beta Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta at UPenn
Member of The International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG)
Member of The Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Honors student scholarship, University Of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1992
Honors student scholarship, University Of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1993
Honors student scholarship, University Of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, 1994
Young scholar presentation award, 28th International Conference on Animal Genetics, Göttingen, Germany, 2002