Alyssa's PhD in Optometry and Vision Science is a good balance between clinical skills and research work.
“My PhD focuses on utilising MRI techniques to monitor water transport in human ocular lenses in vivo, something no one has done to date.
“I am studying the relationship between vision quality and the lens hydration state, obtained by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), to detect biomarkers for cataract onset and progression.
“This study could create opportunities for developing therapies targeting the regulation of lens water transportation. Ultimately, our goal is to delay or prevent cataract, which may alleviate the financial burden of cataract surgery and patient quality of life.
Ultimately, our goal is to delay or prevent cataract, which may alleviate the financial burden of cataract surgery and patient quality of life.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the good balance of clinical and research work. My clinical skills allow me to directly help people with their vision and eye health.
“As a postgraduate student it is great to work with people who have the same passion as me. I hope to stay on in academia and work in the University. I’d love to cultivate and motivate those entering the profession to be the best they can be while giving them a fun and memorable experience at university, just as my past lecturers have done.”