Meet the Research Team

Professor Michael Kalloniatis

PhD, MSc (Optom), BSc

Professor Michael Kalloniatis gained his Optometry and Master's degrees at the University of Melbourne followed by a PhD at the University of Houston, Texas, studying colour vision processing in the monkey visual system. He continued his work in the USA after his PhD, studying retinal circuitry as a NIH support research fellow.

in 1991, Prof Kalloniatis returned to the University of Melbourne and established a neuroanatomical laboratory and a visual psychophysics laboratory. In 2001 he was appointed the Robert G Leitl Chair and Head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. In 2009, he moved to Sydney to take up the role as Director for the Centre for Eye Health and Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Follow Michael’s research at UNSW Research

Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith

BSc (Mol Bio & Gen) (Hons), PhD

Dr Nivison-Smith did her undergraduate degree in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Sydney and then honours looking at the effect of fatty acids on amyloid proteins which form in the pancreas of type II diabetics. After honours, Lisa continued to a PhD with Professor Tony Weiss in tissue engineering, making a synthetic blood vessel model which could be used for testing therapeutics in vitro. She finished her PhD in 2011 and moved to UNSW, joining Professor Michael Kalloniatis and helping him establish the Retinal Networks Laboratory and more recently the clinical research group at the Centre For Eye Health.


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We currently have collaborations with

  • Associate Prof Erica Fletcher, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Monica Acosta, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dr Silke Haverkamp, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany