Divya Jagadeesh

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate

Research Title: Predictive models for myopia in children: Detection, Incidence, and Progression

Supervisors: Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, Dr Monica Jong, Dr Cathleen Fedtke 

Email: d.asharikandy@ad.unsw.edu.au

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/divya-jagadish

 

RESEARCH

The doctoral research focusses on children with different refractive error/status and aims to explore the association of optic disc and retinal parameters with myopia, and to determine if models incorporating these parameters can discriminate between myopic versus non-myopic eyes as well as aid in predicting future onset/incidence and increased progression. In the recent years, the prevalence of myopia has increased dramatically all over the world, especially in the East Asian population. In addition to requiring corrective devices such as spectacles or contact lenses, high levels of myopia increase the risk of developing sight-threatening eye conditions that can even lead to blindness. Predicting an eye that is likely to progress into myopia is of immense value in determining the type of correction and the appropriate myopia control strategy.

 

BIOGRAPHY  

Divya Jagadeesh is a doctoral student working in the areas of myopia, retina, and imaging of the posterior segment. She completed her undergraduate degree in Optometry from the Lotus Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, India and postgraduate MPhil degree from the Elite School of Optometry, BITS Pilani University. Divya currently uses posterior segment imaging and analysis/program to predict onset and progression of myopia in children. Her PhD research is supported by University of New South Wales Scholarship, and Prof Brien Anthony Holden Scholarship.

 

Education 

2016 - PhD Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales 

2011 - 2013 M.Phil. Optometry, Elite School of Optometry, BITS Pilani University 

2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Optometry and Vision Science, Lotus Eye Institute and Research Centre, Alagappa University 

 

PUBLICATIONS 

Journal Articles 

  1. Jagadeesh, D., Philip, K., Ly, A., Fedtke, C., Jong, M., & Sankaridurg, P. (2020). Posterior segment features associated with myopia. Clinical and Experimental Optometry.
  2. Jagadeesh, D., Weng, R. Y., Ho, A., Naduvilath, T. J., Fedtke, C., Jong, M., & Sankaridurg, P. (2019). Predicting the progression of myopia in children. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 60(9), 4813-4813.
  3. Jagadeesh, D., Philip, K., Naduvilath, T. J., Fedtke, C., Jong, M., Zou, H., & Sankaridurg, P. (2018). Tessellated fundus appearance and its association with myopic refractive error. Clinical and Experimental Optometry.
  4. Jagadeesh, D., & Mahadevan, R. (2014). Visual performance with changes in eccentricity in PROSE device: A case report. Journal of Optometry7(2), 108-110.
  5. Mahadevan, R., Jagadeesh, D., Rajan, R., & Arumugam, A. O. (2014). Unique hard scleral lens post-LASIK ectasia fitting. Optometry and Vision Science91(4), S30-S33.

CONFERENCE

Abstracts

  1. Jagadeesh, D., Weng, R. Y., He, X; Zhu, J; Zhu, H; Naduvilath, T. J., Fedtke, C., Jong, M., Xu, X., & Sankaridurg, P. (2020) ARVO abstract accepted to be published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
  2. Jagadeesh, D., Weng, R., Ho, A., Naduvilath, T., Fedtke, C., Jong, M., Sankaridurg, P. (2019). “Predicting the progression of myopia in Children” paper presentation at ARVO conference.
  3. Jagadeesh, D., Sankaridurg, P. (2018) “Potential predictive factors for myopic progression in children”. Invited speaker, Vietnam Ophthalmological Society Conference.
  4. Jagadeesh, D., Fedtke, C., Jong, M., Sankaridurg, P. (2017) “Development of an eye model to predict progression of myopia”. Annual research expo, UNSW
  5. Jagadeesh, D., & Mahadevan, R. (2015) “RGP Fitting Techniques in Irregular Cornea”. Presented in Kerala Government Optometrist’s Association Conference, India
  6. Mahadevan, R., & Jagadeesh, D. (2014) “Effects of changes of vault in PROSE (Prosthetic replacement of Ocular surface Ecosystem) device”. Presented in Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas.
  7. Jagadeesh, D., & Mahadevan, R. (2013) “A case report and review: Visual performance with changes in eccentricity in PROSE (Prosthetic replacement of Ocular surface Ecosystem) device”. Presented in 12th Dr. E Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
  8. Jagadeesh, D., & Mahadevan, R. (2013). “Visual performance with changes in vault in PROSE device”. Presented in Asia – ARVO, New Delhi.
  9. Jagadeesh, D., & Mahadevan, R. (2013). “Effects of changes of vault in PROSE device”. Presented in 12th Dr. E Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India

 

AWARDS 

2020                            Recipient, Science communication training fellowship, Association of Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO)

                                    https://www.arvo.org/education/science-communication-training-fellowship

2019                            Finalist, International student of the year award, Higher education, 2019, Australia New South Wales Government                                                                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgzMyLfLW58

2019                            PRSS (Postgraduate Research Support Scheme) scholarship, UNSW

2018                            Finalist – 3-minute thesis competition

                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9nNYT69BaQ&t=19s                 

2017                            Winner - 1-minute thesis Postgraduate Research Competition Award $5,000AUD, UNSW                                                                                                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufNyNBXL67s&t=2s

2017                            Research Student Maternity Scholarship worth $10,050 AUD, Faculty of Science, UNSW

2016                            Teaching fellowship, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW

2016-2020                   Prof Brien A Holden Scholarship

2016-2020                   University Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship towards Ph.D. candidature

2015                            Travel grant to attend and present paper, Kerala Government Optometrist’s association

2013                            Best Paper Presentation, Contact lens session, 12th Dr. E Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session, India

 

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS 

American Academy of Optometry (AAO) 

Association of Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) 

International myopia institute (IMI) 

Equity and Diversity Committee, UNSW 

Women in STEM Society, UNSW 

ASPIRE, UNSW