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Prof Marcela Votruba 

University Education

1981-1984                   Undergraduate Pre-Clinical Studies:The Queen’s College, University of Oxford

1984-1987                   Clinical Studies: Green College, University of Oxford Medical School


Academic And Professional Qualifications

1984                            BA Hons 2:1 (Oxon)

1987                            MA (Oxon)

1987                            BM BCh (Oxon)

1989                            Primary FRCS

1990                            Optics & Refraction, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London

1991                            MRCOphth, London

1992                            FRCOphth, London

1999                            PhD, University College, London

2000                            CCST (December 2000), Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London


Awards And Honours

Undergraduate Distinctions            

1981                            Open Scholarship, The Queen’s College, Oxford

1984                            First Class Hons. Dissertation, Oxford University

1987                            Final Year Clinical Prize: Green College, Green College, Oxford

Postgraduate Prizes             

1996                            The Royal Society of Medicine: Ophthalmology Section- Registrars’ Meeting: First Prize (Awarded for the Best Paper at Annual Training Meeting)

Research Fellowships

1994                            Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Research Fellowship

1998                            Wellcome Trust Vision Research Training Fellowship

2002                            Frost Research Fellowship

2003                            MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship



Present Substantive Appointment

Aug 2011 Professor and Hon. Consultant in Ophthalmology, Cardiff University and The Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust, University Hospital of Wales.

Previous Substantive Appointments

April 2003- October 2003       Full-time Consultant in Medical Retina, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Service Lead for Audit & Clinical Governance, Service Lead for ARMD Research.

Oct 2003- Sept 2007               MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow & Hon. Consultant

                                                Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University and The University Hospital of Wales.



Undergraduate Optometry Teaching

I lecture to final year Optometry students on the Abnormal Ocular Conditions Course.


Postgraduate Teaching in Ophthalmology


  • Neuro-ophthalmology case.  Visual recovery in Leber’s hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Ophthalmology Postgraduate Teaching, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff


  • Practical genetics of optic atrophy. Ophthalmology Postgraduate Teaching, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff
  • Invited Judge for Vision Research Day, Cardiff.


  • Retinal ganglion cell dendropathy. Ophthalmology Postgraduate Teaching, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff.
  • Invited Judge for Vision Research Day, Cardiff.


  • Mitochondrial eye disease, Ophthalmology Postgraduate Teaching, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff.



I sit of the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences Research Committee (2007- present). Since 2012 I have been Deputy Director of Research and am Chair of the REF Working Group. I am also a member of the Equality & diversity /SWAN ATHENA Committee in OPTOM.


Other Academic Activities

Principal Investigator on the MRC Mouse Eyes & Vision Consortium.
Editorial Board of Acta Ophthalmologica
Editorial Board of the World Journal of Neurology
Guest Editor for Drug Discovery Today:  Disease Models (with Prof Ian Jackson, Edinburgh)

External Committees:                        

UK Eye Genetics Group Steering Committee, 
Lead Principal Investigator and co-ordinator of the MRC Mouse Eyes & Vision Consortium.

I am Programme Secretary (2011-2016) of European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER). I was the Vice President, 2009-2010, and past Section Chair for Molecular Biology/ Genetics/ Epidemiology on the Board of EVER (2004-2009). I was also the Editor of the EVER eNewsletter, which is published four times per year (2005-2009).

Innovation and Engagement:           

I am STEM Net Ambassador and have been into local schools in Bristol to give talks about science and careers in science and medicine (e.g., Redland High school, Bristol, March 2013).

I am a Mentor for two research fellows.