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
EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship (ENGIN/OPTOM/BIOSI)
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
EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship (ENGIN/OPTOM/BIOSI), 2016-2020
Prof. Ahmed Elsheikh, School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.