Ching Yi Wu

Research Project Title: Identifying the mechanisms of sub-clinical corneal inflammation during contact lens wear

Research Project Summary: The main aim of this project is to investigate the ocular surface immune response, including during contact lens wear, using advanced methods such as in vivo confocal microscopy and tear film analytics, to characterise inflammatory response and dendritic cell dynamics. The project will also include a companion investigation of corneal sensory nerve homeostasis and diurnal variations, with a focus on neuro-immune activity, in pre-clinical models.

Graduate Researcher Profile:

Academic Background: Studied Bachelor of Vision Science/Masters of Optometry at Deakin University, Specialist Certificate in Glaucoma and Posterior Eye Disease, Certificate in Anterior eye disease and dry eye disease at the University of Melbourne

Prior to commencing my Research degree, I was working as a full-time optometrist at the Australian College of Optometry. My optometry research interests include ocular disease particularly glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, and anterior eye complications such as dry eye disease and learning new and innovative approaches to ocular disease pathophysiology and management of these diseases.

I decided to continue with research as I was supervising students on placement while working at the Australian College of Optometry and found a desire to teach. I always had a passion for learning and research was always fun and exciting throughout my education. Ultimately, decided to take a step away from work and pursue a research degree in the same field to continue learning.

Project Duration: 3.5 years

Supervisors:

A/Prof Laura Downie, Dr Holly Chinnery (Optometry and Vision Science, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne)

Prof Phillip Morgan, Dr Carole Maldonado-Codina (Optometry, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, Manchester University)

Home University: University of Melbourne

Partner University: University of Manchester