Petar Markov

Petar Markov

Research student, Yr Ysgol Optometreg a Gwyddorau'r Golwg

Research Topics and Related Projects

My PhD project deals with investigating the role of ocular fibroblasts in determining tissue biomechanics in healthy and diseased eyes. Mechanical deterioration of the eye can lead to permanent vision loss in conditions such as myopia and glaucoma. Ocular biomechanics is governed by the load-bearing extracellular matrix, with dynamic control by mechano-sensitive fibroblast cells. While the role of the extracellular matrix in determining ocular tissue mechanics has been extensively researched, cellular contributions remain largely unknown. A better understanding of these cellular aspects will help to drive the development of new eye treatments.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

2014-2016: MSc, Biophysics (1 Hons), Sofia University

2010-2014: BSc, Molecular biology (1 Hons), Sofia University



Honours and Awards

2017 – Student Ambassador / Moderator, “15th International Congress in Vision Science and Eye”, London, UK
2015-2016 – Erasmus mobility grant, University of Strasbourg

Research interests


EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship (ENGIN/OPTOM/BIOSI), 2016-2020

Research Collaborators

Prof. Ahmed Elsheikh, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.

Han Xing Zhu

Dr Han Xing Zhu

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Dr Emma Blain

Dr Emma Blain


Craig Boote

Dr Craig Boote

Senior lecturer