PhD studentships

A PhD studentship funds a student to undertake a three year research project. The student submits a thesis for qualification of the degree, which is the highest level of academic degree attainable.

Bridgeen Callan research group

Developing eye drops that can reach the back of the eye

Developing eye drops to reach the macula at the back of the eye. To treat macular diseases such as wet age-related macular disease.


Finding a new test for early AMD

Using new technology to discover whether trouble adjusting to changes in light, is linked to early age-related macular disease (AMD) and why.

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Improving the integration of stem cell transplants in the retina

Stem cell therapy is a promising area of research for a treatment for macular disease.

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Investigating how eye doctors discuss AMD with patients

Researching and giving guidelines on how ophthalmologists discuss lifestyle changes with dry age-related macular degeneration patients.

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Stopping the build-up of toxic waste in dry AMD

Research looking into the removal of toxic waste in cells of the retina that could lead to dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Using gene editing to stop progression of Stargardt disease

In Stargardt disease, mutations in the ABCA4 gene lead to damage to the macula. This work aims to create healthy ABCA4 protein using gene editing.


Real-life costs and benefits of wearable low vision aids

A trial comparing different low vision aids such as magnifiers, smart devices and wearable technology to compare their cost and impact on quality of life

Researchers from Dr Linda Troeberg's project

Wrong place, wrong time: protein delivery and macular disease

Investigating the movement of a protein called TIMP-3, which may be involved in AMD and Sorsby Fundus Dystrophy. To understand how the mutation leads to dysfunction and disease.


New form of gene editing for macular dystrophies

Study testing a new form of CRISPR gene editing to increase expression of a gene. This research could help treat more patients with macular dystrophy.


Mutations in CFI gene: which are harmless or harmful?

Analysing mutations in the gene CFI which has been associated with AMD. This research aims to determine which may lead to AMD and which may not.