DR Andrew Jobling

DR Andrew Jobling


  • Ocular growth and myopia (myopia, sclera, growth factors, cell culture, molecular biology, real-time PCR, cell stress)
  • Retinal degeneration (retina, photoreceptors, microglia)
  • diabetic retinopathy (retina, diabetes, glia, neurons)



  • My work in vision science has concentrated on the role of disease mechanisms in ocular pathology. I was awarded the Lions Research Fellowship in 2001 undertaking post-doctoral research into retinal degeneration. In 2002, I undertook further postdoctoral training with Prof. Neville McBrien at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, at the University of Melbourne, where I continued as a Senior Research Officer until 2009. During this time, I investigated the role of growth factors in the regulation of eye growth, showing TGF-beta isoform regulation could mediate a number of the key remodeling steps during eye growth (2004 and 2009 papers in J.Biol.Chem.). This work was successfully funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (2007-2009) and was recently awarded the 2014 Garland W. Clay award by the American Academy of Optometry. I returned to the area of retinal degeneration in 2010 under the mentorship of Prof. Erica Fletcher and am currently a Senior Research Officer in the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, investigating the mechanisms responsible for retinal pathologies such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. My work investigating the role of microglia on the maintenance of photoreceptor integrity was successfully funded by the NH&MRC in 2014. I have supervised eight higher degree students to completion including 3 PhD, 1 MPhil and 5 Hons or equivalent and currently supervise two PhD students in 2016.



Member of

  • Society for Neuroscience. Member 2018
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Postdoctoral student 2003 - 2018


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2013 NH&MRC Project Grant Fletcher EL, Jobling AI APP1061418 A novel cause of vision loss.

    2008 KM Brutton Bequest. Age-related consequences for pathological myopia and glaucoma. In conjunction with Dr BV Bui.

    2004. KM Brutton Bequest. The role of scleral cells in the control of eye growth.

    2001. Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation. Distribution of the CLAD mutation in the Irish Setter population in Australia.In conjunction with Prof. AC Augusteyn.

    2001 Lions Vision Research Fellow, funded by the National Vision Research Institute.



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1992

Awards and honors

  • Garland W Clay Award, 2014
  • Jean S Colledge Bursary, National Vision Research Institute of Australia, 1996
  • Australian Post Graduate Research Award, Commonwealth of Australia, 1993



Available for supervision

  • Y