Higher Degree Research Topics

We offer research programs for graduates of optometry and other sciences. Research for a Master of Science by Research (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can be undertaken in a diverse range of areas and disciplines including clinical optometry, applied research and basic research.  

If you are interested in pursuing higher degree research with the School of Optometry and Vision Science, then you will need to find a supervisor. SOVS has an excellent range of expertise across seven research groups. Among these are affiliated institutes; the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Centre for Eye Health. Our primary research areas are in anterior segment and contact lenses, posterior segment in health and disease, optics and applied vision, vision science and public health optometry. Take some time to review the research areas and identify who you would like to have as a supervisor. Once you have selected a supervisor, check our admission requirements and submit an expression of interest.

Anterior Segment and Contact Lenses

·         Tear film Biochemistry, ocular homeostasis and pathologyWillcox, Stapleton, Kumar, DattaMarkoulli

·         Ocular Pain and symptoms in dry eye and contact lens wearGolebiowski, Stapleton, VijayDatta

·         Ocular surface innervation and sensory function in ocular surface health and diseaseStapleton, Golebiowski, Markoulli, WillcoxJalbert

·         Epidemiology of contact lens related infection – Stapleton

·         Ocular microbiology and bacterial pathogenesisWillcox, Stapleton, Datta, Kumar

·         Ocular surface disease: influence of obesity and nutritionJalbert, GolebiowskiStapleton

·         Biomarkers in ocular surface disease – Markoulli, Willcox, Jalbert, Golebiowski, MadiganStapleton

·         OrthokeratologySwarbrick, KangMaseedupally

·         Myopia ControlKang, Swarbrick, Maseedupally, HuiWatt

·         Dry eyeGolebioswki, Stapleton, Jalbert, Markoulli, HuiDatta

·         Diabetes and the ocular surfaceMarkoulli, Willcox, JalbertGolebiowski

·         Keratoconus, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis and other ocular surface conditions – Madigan, Stapleton, JalbertGolebiowski

·         Ocular drug deliveryHuiWillcox

·         Ocular surface therapeuticsTan-Showyin, Stapleton, JalbertHui

·         Sex Hormones and dry eyeGolebiowski, StapletonTan-Showyin

Posterior segment in health and disease

·         Role of the immune system in posterior segment disease – Madigan

·         Retinal Anatomy, physiology and pathologyMadigan, Kallionatis, Nivison-Smith

·         Ganglion Cell structure and function relationships – ZangerlKallionatis

·         Glaucoma management – KallionatisZangerl

·         Neurochemistry of the normal and diseased retina - KallionatisNivison-Smith

·         Ocular disease diagnosis through ocular imaging - KallionatisNivison-Smith

·         Ocular tumours, ocular melanoma – Madigan

Optics and Applied Vision

·         A multi-modal optical coherence microscope for ultrahigh-resolution 3D imaging for ocular imaging –Roy

·         Functionalised nanoparticle as contrast agent in bio-imaging – Roy, StapletonWillcox

·         Blue light blocking lenses effects on visual and non-visual systems – Roy, Boon, KhuuDain

Vision Science

·         Development of the visual system, amblyopia, colour vision – BoonAsper

·         Vision throughout the lifespan – Boon

·         Binocular Vision –Asper

·         Low vision and visual rehabilitation, accident prevention –Boon

·         Visual electrophysiology, visual psychophysics, detection of brain abnormalities – BoonKhuu

·         Visual Processing – Khuu

·         Surface and Material Perception – KimKhuu

·         Multisensory experience of self-motion – Kim

·         Digital devices (smartphones and computers), eye strain and dry eye -AsperGolebiowski

Public Health Optometry

·         Access to eye care by asylum seeker and refugee communities in Australia – GolebiowskiWatt

·         Quality of eye care, evidence-based practice, health systems research – JalbertStapleton

·         Optometry patients’ use of alternative and complementary medicines – JalbertGolebiowski