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Professor Andrew Quantock

Professor Andrew Quantock


School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 5064
Room 3.28, Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road

The aim of my research is to better understand corneal ultrastructure, especially in relation to factors that may influence corneal transparency. I have spent over 20 years studying the organisation of collagen fibrils and proteoglycan macromolecules in various corneal diseases and dystrophies, and am now trying to better appreciate the molecular changes that accompany the development of corneal transparency. I have also worked and retain and interest in tissue engineering of the corneal epithelial, stromal and endothelial layers. I have strong international collaborations with leading investigators in the USA and Japan, am a Silver Fellow of ARVO (The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), and served on the Cornea section of the ARVO Annual Meeting Programme Committee from 2005 to 2008 (co-chair in 2007/08). I am Visiting Professor at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine and Doshisha University, also in Kyoto, and in collaboration with scientists there was fortunate enough to be recognised in 2004 by the award of the Daiwa Adrian Prize for excellence in Anglo-Japanese research. I am and have been principal or co-investigator on a programme and project grants from the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, and Wellcome trust totalling over £6 million, with current work focusing on new minimally invasive surgeries for corneal endothelial dysfunction, as well as understanding corneal cell and matrix development at high resolution and in three dimensions

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1991- Open University Oxford Research Unit, Oxford, UK, Ph.D., Biophysics.
  • 1985-University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, B.Sc. Physics

Honours and awards

  • 2004- Daiwa Adrian Prize for excellence in Anglo-Japanese research
  • 2012- Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences Silver Fellow

Academic positions

  • 2009-present-Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK  Professor: School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • 2004-2009- Cardiff University, Cardiff, UKSenior Lecturer: School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • 1999-2004- Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK Lecturer: School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • 1996-1999 - Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Kyoto, Japan Research Associate: Department of Ophthalmology
  • 1992-1996- Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA. Research Associate: Department of Ophthalmology
  • 1987-1992- Open University Oxford Research Unit, Oxford, UK Research Assistant: Biophysics Group

Speaking engagements

  • 2010-present: STEM net Ambassador

Committees and reviewing

  • 2010-present- School of Optometry and Vision Sciences Director of Research
  • 2012-present- Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair Executive Board

External committees

  • 1999-2001- BBSRC Biology Neutron Advisort Panel
  • 2005-2008- Association for Research in Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences Annual Meeting program Committee
  • 2008- EPSRC Fellowship Panel
  • 2008- EPSRC Physics Prioritisation Panel
  • 2008-2011- External Examiner, Lancaster University, MSc Biophotonics
  • 2009-2012- External Examiner, Swansea University, Foundations in Physiology
  • 2010-present: External Examiner, Swansea University, BSc Medical Sciences and Humanities
  • 2008-present: Wales Manager, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association
  • 2009-present: Fellowship Panel: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
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My main teaching in the School is on the first year module, Geometrical Optics, and in my supervision of third year project students. I also supervise the research projects of between four and six third year undergraduates each year, and within the university I teach on a third year 'Tissue Engineering' module in the School of Biosciences and on the Masters degree in the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair.


Research Council and Major Charity Funding As Principal Investigator* or Co- Investigator

2001-2002*EPSRC Project Grant



MRC Programme Grant

(Meek, Quantock, Hodson, Caterson)


2003-2006*BBSRC Project Grant


2004-2008*BBSRC Project Grant


2005BBSRC Equipment Grant (Erichsen et al.)


2005-2009*BBSRC Japan Partnering Award


2007-2012MRC Project Grant (Meek, Quantock)


2008-2011BBSRC Project Grant (Knupp, Quantock)


2008-2011*EPSRC Project Grant



MRC Programme Grant

(Meek, Boote, Knupp, Quantock)


2012-2015*The Wellcome Trust/Department of Health


Research Team

Dr Rob Young, Senior Research Associate, A new minimally-invasive treatment for corneal endothelial dysfunction, The Wellcome Trust/Department of Health, 2012-2015

Miss Stacy Littlechild, PhD Student, Sir Martin Evans University President's Research Scholarship.
Dr Alina Akhbanbetova, PhD Student, Ser Cymru National Research Network Scholarship.