Visiting researchers

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James Morgan, MB BCh MA DPhil FRCOphth

James E Morgan is Professor of Ophthalmology at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at the University Hospital of Wales, UK. He also holds an appointment at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University.
He read Medical Sciences at Cambridge University followed by a PhD in Visual Neuroscience at Oxford University studying the development of visual pathways and their connections in the central nervous system. He studied medicine at the University of Oxford and then trained in Ophthalmology at Oxford, London (Moorfields) and Bristol. In 1994 he was a Medical Research Council Training Fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology, Yale University, USA working on models of retinal ganglion cell death in experimental glaucoma.
He took up his appointment at Cardiff in 1997 and established a research group interested in im
aging techniques for the detection of retinal damage in disease and in the use of laboratory research to understand the pathophysiology of retinal damage in glaucoma. He has promoted the use of Open Source informatics to support the translation of novel technologies in eye care. He was the Chief Clinical Information Officer at Moorfields Eyes Hospital 2014-2016. He currently chairs the OpenEyes Foundation to support the development of OpenEyes, the leading open source electronic patient record for ophthalmology in the UK.

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Marcela Votruba, BM BCh MA PhD FRCOphth FLSW

Marcela Votruba is Professor of Ophthalmology at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at the University Hospital of Wales, UK. She has been the Head of the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences at Cardiff University since Jan 2014. Previously she was a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
She read Physiological Sciences at Oxford University and trained at the Oxford Medical School, followed by training in ophthalmology at Bristol and Moorfields Eye Hospitals. Her Wellcome Trust Vision Research Training fellowship funded PhD in Human Molecular Genetics was at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in the lab of Professor Shomi Bhattacharya and at Moorfields Eye Hospital under Professor Tony Moore. In 2000 her early-career research team at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology published the first paper identifying the gene OPA1 causing familial optic atrophy. She moved to Cardiff in 2003 in order to take up an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship to study the role of mitochondrial fusion and fission genes in the pathophysiology of optic neuropathy. She has continued to publish work on the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying blindness due to retinal ganglion cell loss in mitochondrial optic neuropathy. Her recent research has focused on developing new translational therapeutic interventions and both pre-clinical and clinical trials.

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Eirini Kokkali, MSc

Eirini received her BSc in Optometry from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens in 2016 and her MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences from the University of Manchester in 2017. She is currently studying for a PhD in the laboratory of Prof. James Morgan in the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University. Eirini’s work focuses on the effect of systemic inflammation on retinal ganglion cells of glaucomatous retina. Eirini is visiting the Pete Williams lab to receive further education on animal models of glaucoma and to take part in research focused on microglial activation throughout the visual pathway in both a spatial and temporal fashion.