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Lauren Ayton

Senior Research Fellow
Optometry And Vision Sciences
Macular degeneration
age-related macular degeneration
Bionic eyes
Inherited retinal degenerations
gene therapy
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
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Lauren Ayton

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Retinal disease
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Lauren Ayton


Dr Lauren Ayton (B. Optom, PhD, GCOT, FAAO) is a clinician-scientist with a strong research interest in vision restoration, retinal pathology and clinical assessment of visual performance. Dr Ayton completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in paediatric optometry, and then completed a postdoctoral position in the area of traumatic brain injury and ocular motor function.

Her research interests in this time developed in the areas of low vision and outcome assessment, which led to the position of Clinical Research Team Leader of the Bionic Vision Australia consortium between 2010 and 2017. During this role, Dr Ayton led the patient selection and assessments in the first-in-human trial of Australia's first bionic eye device.

From 2017 to 2019, Dr Ayton was engaged in industry in the USA, as the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs of Bionic Eye Technologies, a startup affiliated with Harvard, Cornell and MIT Universities. In this role, she led the preparations of a clinical trial for the Boston retinal implant. She was also part of the senior leadership team, working on strategic planning, business development, investor pitches and more. This time in the USA ignited a passion for research translation and commercialisation, which she now continues as Director of the SPARK program at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Ayton is the co-founder and Chair of the International Harmonization of Outcomes and Vision Endpoints in Vision Restoration Trials (HOVER) Taskforce, which is developing a consensus document on the testing and reporting of patient outcomes in vision restoration trials.

Dr Ayton is also a passionate science communicator, presenting on 3RRR radio's Einstein-A-Go-Go science show (, and speaking frequently at both peer-reviewed conferences and community engagement events. She is a 2013 Hugh Rogers Medical Research Fellow and 2015 veski Victora Fellow.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Victorian Tall Poppy of the Year (AIPS)


veski Victoria Fellowship


Fellowship to travel to Harvard University to complete a 2 month collaborative project

Hugh Rogers Fellowship (Melbourne-Boston Sister Cities Association)


FAAO - Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry


FVCO - Fellow of the Victorian College of Optometry Australia





Senior Research Fellow

Optometry And Vision Sciences

Senior Research Fellow

Ophthalmology Eye And Ear Hospital


American Academy of Optometry (AAO)

Media And Communications Manager

The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)


Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)


Australian College of Optometry (ACO)


Optometry Australia


Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics

University of New South Wales

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Optometry

University of Melbourne