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Research Overview

The cornea is the clear dome at the front of the eye and it is essential that it remains regular and transparent to maintain good vision. The cornea has a reservoir of stem cells that allows for replenishment of the surface cells (epithelium) that are constantly being lost. The “niche” where these stem cells are located within the cornea has been identified and my research will examine the characteristics of this niche to determine what factors are controlling the stem cells here and maintaining them as stem cells that are capable of transforming into other cell types, important in preserving the regularity of the cornea.

Teaching Overview

Clinical Supervision OP1201: Basic Clinical Techniques

Honours and Awards

2013: Naylor Prize for Optometry Undergraduate Dissertation

2013: Boots Opticians’ Prize for Best Degree Result, School of Optometry- Cardiff University

Professional Memberships

Registered with General Optical Council (GOC No. 01-28068)

Member of the College of Optometrists



My PhD research is funded by BBSRC SWBio DTP.


Educational and Professional Qualifications

2010-2013: BSc (1st class Hons) Optometry, Cardiff University


Professor Bruce Caterson

Professor Bruce Caterson

Emeritus Professor

Rob Young

Dr Rob Young

Research Fellow