Research student, Yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau'r Golwg
In people with infantile nystagmus, the eyes are constantly moving, yet they perceive their world as stable and unmoving. In my PhD, I am looking into how these people see the world, as well as how their eyes move in response to certain stimuli, in more detail.
I am currently a demonstrator in the following modules:
MED1101 – Year 1 Medicine (School of Biosciences)
I also help out with Year 1 Optometry teaching.
Educational and Professional Qualifications
2011-2015: BSc (Hons) Anatomical Sciences, University of Dundee
2015-2016: Scientific Staff, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
January – British Ocular Motor Group (BOMG) Meeting: Poster presentation
January – Postgraduate Research Seminar Series Talk
August – British Conference of Optometry and Vision Sciences (BCOVS): Paper presentation
E&D and Athena Swan Committee (School of Optometry and Vision Sciences)
Research Topics and Related Projects
People with infantile nystagmus (IN) have constant, involuntary eye movements. This impacts their voluntary eye movements and their perception. In my PhD, I am investigatig smooth pursuit eye movements in IN using an eye tracker.
There is disagreement in the literature if smooth pursuit eye movements in IN are normal or not; generally when looking at just the foveations (periods during which the eyes in IN experience little to no involuntary movement) pursuit appears normal, but when looking at the entire waveform, it appears abnormal. My project has been designed to test function of the smooth pursuit system in IN, gathering both perceptual and oculomotor evidence of phenomena that are present in a functioning smooth pursuit system, and illucidating whether these phenomena are present in people with IN as well.
I am generously funded by a PhD studentship from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.