New Staff Promotions

Wednesday, 3 January, 2018 - 14:00

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We warmly congratulate Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay and Dr Vinod Maseedupally who were promoted effective 1 January 2018.

Dr Vijay has been promoted to Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Dr Maseedupally to Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Short biographies below:

Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay:
Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay completed his Optometry degree at the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai in 1997. His doctoral thesis submitted 2007 focussed on developing animal models for infiltrative keratitis and testing antimicrobial contact lenses. From 2007-2012 Dr Vijay was a Research Fellow at the Brien Holden Vision Institute where he worked on a number of industry funded projects. He is currently co-supervising three higher degree research candidates and jointly supervises one PhD candidate. His research areas include: contact lenses related keratitis, dry eye and genomic identification and profiling of ocular bacteria. Dr Vijay has conducted several industry funded projects at UNSW in collaboration with the Centre for Marine Bio-inovations, Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics and the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre at UNSW. He has 18 peer reviewed publications with several refereed conference abstracts. 

Dr Vinod Maseedupally:
Dr Vinod Maseedupally will take up his new role as the Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW from January 2018. He primarily coordinates Contact Lens course and teaches practical Dispensing Optics and Clinical Optometry. Dr Maseedupally obtained his basic optometry qualifications from the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) and the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO), India. He gained vast clinical, teaching and research experience whilst working at LVPEI and BLSO. He later completed a PhD from UNSW in 2013. His research interests include three-dimensional representation of anterior eye and its influence of contact lens dynamics. He closely works with other researchers expanding his research interests to orthokeratology, myopia control and keratoconus. In 2017, Dr Maseedupally was recognized as an education  focused academic at the university. Through this new role Dr Maseedupally is aiming to implement best practices in teaching and promote the use of latest technology in clinical optometry teaching. He is a Fellow of American Academy of Optometry and the co-founder of Alumni of LVPEI Optometrists. 

 [L-R: Dr Ajay Kumar Vijay, Dr Vinod Maseedupally]