Optometry School, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University

General Description

Optometry School at the Aston University is the biggest Optometry educational institute of the United Kingdom and is a hub of multidisciplinary eye research and innovation aimed for evidence-based improvements in visual health. The Aston Optometry School is committed to translational research which leads to practical applications and improvements in ocular health. Research in Aston Optometry School encompasses a diverse range of disciplines including basic, applied and clinical research in the area of Optometry and Vision Science. Some of our key strength lies in the research disciplines such as ocular microbiology, ocular dryness, presbyopia, myopia and contact lenses.

The current postdoctoral fellowship may be offered in the area of ocular microbiology under the mentorship of Dr Debarun Dutta, Dr Shehzad Naroo and Professor Sunil Shah. The group actively works towards harnessing their cutting-edge translational research expertise to use novel devices in reducing eye infections such as microbial keratitis (infection of the clear part of the eye), bacterial decontamination of contact lenses, and anterior eye inflammations such as blepharitis. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on the development and validation of various Ultraviolet – C light sources in reducing various ocular inflammations and infections. The proposed project may involve in-vitro and ex-vivo studies that will be able to underpin the usability of UV-C source in the ophthalmic medical practice. The research group has dedicated, well equipped basic laboratories and clinical research infrastructure at Aston University.

Contact person – Debarun Dutta (d.dutta@aston.ac.uk)

As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.