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.