Ocular Surface Disease

The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW, Sydney has a worldwide reputation as a leading centre for research and development in the field of the Ocular Surface and Contact Lenses. Members of the School have been involved in the development of silicone hydrogel lenses, multipurpose disinfecting solutions for contact lenses, and devices to maintain contact lens case hygiene, as well as large scale epidemiology studies to understand rates and risk factors for contact lens keratitis.

Our research emcompasses fundamental studies on the health of the ocular surface, and how that is impacted by contact lens wear, the tear film (its structure and function), corneal and conjunctival wound healing, the epidemiology of ocular infection, and the design and testing of antimicrobial surfaces for contact lenses and other biomaterials. 

Our Researchers

Professor Mark Willcox

Role: Professor and Director of Research

Phone: +61 9385 4164
Office: Room 3.029 Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

Professor Fiona Stapleton

Role: Scientia Professor

Phone: +61 9385 4375
Office: Room 3.003 Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

Dr Debarun Dutta

Role: Research Associate

Phone: +61 9385 4622
Office: Room 2.013A Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay

Role: Research Fellow

Phone: +61 9385 4503
Office: Room 2.013A Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

Dr Simin Masoudi

Role: Research Associate

Phone: +61 9385 4503
Office: Room 2.013A Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

Dr Renxun (Ren) Chen

Role: Research Fellow

 

Dr Kitty Ho

 

Current postgraduate students: Ms Sowjanya Siddireddy, Ms Ananya Datta, Mr Praveen Yerramothu.

We have been continuously supported by grants from the NHMRC and ARC for over 20 years. We are also supported by grants from industry (ophthalmic and non-ophthalmic).

Contact Us

If you are interested in joining this group as a postgraduate student contact Dr Blanka Golebiowski b.golebiowski@unsw.edu.au

If you are interested in joining this group as a postdoctoral scientist please contact Professor Mark Willcox (m.willcox@unsw.edu.au)