Postdoctoral Research Fellow Receives Dean’s Award

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Shyam Sunder Tummanapalli who has been recognised with a Dean's Award for his Outstanding PhD Theses titled "Evaluation of corneal nerves & tear neuromediators in diabetic peripheral neuropathy".

Dr Tummanapalli was delighted to receive this award which recognises PhD graduates “who have produced a thesis that requires only minimal corrections, received outstanding and/or excellent levels of achievement for all examination criteria, and in the opinion of both examiners is in the top 10% of PhD theses they have examined.”

Dr Shyam Sunder Tummanapalli is an early career researcher within the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney, with a focus on neuropeptides and ocular surface research. Dr Tummanapalli’s PhD work found ocular surface neuropeptides, specifically substance P, in the tears of those with type 1 diabetes can serve as a non-invasive biomarker for peripheral nerve damage. This work was critical as it allows early detection and may prevent progression of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes recurring ulcers of the feet and in severe cases require amputation.