Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Vision Research Foundation, Chennai
It has been two decades being involved in patient care, research and teaching. After a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and an MPhil degree in Optometry (by research), I pursued my PhD in Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
My doctoral thesis work was focused on understanding the retinal changes in diabetes in relation to diabetic peripheral neuropathy and retinopathy. Investigating corneal and retinal integrity in diabetes for identifying potential “markers” for diabetic neuropathy was an exceptional experience. I had a wonderful opportunity to present my research work at the Australian 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition and was recognized for an award. Further, my doctoral work was recommended for the University’s Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. These milestones have influenced me and motivated me to pursue research as my career and to continue to work in the area of diabetes-related complications.
To date, much of my post-doctoral work has also been in ophthalmic imaging in diabetes, and have published in international peer-reviewed journals and have been a reviewer for optometry/ophthalmology journals. I aspire to be actively involved in research, publishing and teaching. This prestigious Wellcome Trust/DBT early career fellowship would provide me with the right exposure for pursuing an interesting line of research and would be a launch pad for me to set the stage as a future independent researcher. As a long-term goal, I intend to develop my own research laboratory and establish collaborations with scientists with similar interests from around the world. My future plans include investigating for predisposing factors and mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of diabetes-related microvascular complications, using existing and novel techniques. In this regard, I hope to continue my journey in exploring novel research questions and be able to translate some of those to patient care.