Tanya Poppe

PhD candidate in Optometry Tanya Poppe has received a wealth of opportunities to learn, teach and travel during her time at the University.

“My research focuses on brain MRI of babies and children who were born preterm, with the aim to inform neonatal care for positive neurodevelopmental outcomes with a focus on visual processing.

“I am incredibly lucky to work within the School of Optometry and Vision Science, in association with the Liggins LIFEPATH research group, and have very supportive and knowledgeable PhD supervisors.

“I enjoy the independence of my work, which enables both creative and intellectual freedom. I have learnt specialised techniques and worked as part of a supportive and inspiring group of professors, lecturers and other students across a range of disciplines.

“In future, I wish to stay within academia, undertaking meaningful research that translates to the better health of people in New Zealand and around the world.

“I have been fortunate enough to travel to Boston, Edinburgh and Toronto to meet and work with our collaborators on lab visits and for a conference.

“From my time as an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University I have been given a wealth of opportunities to learn and teach and this has enabled me to experience a diverse range of subjects and make many lifelong friends along the way.”