Dr. Joshua Chu-Tan
What is your current research interest?
Using microRNA as therapeutics for retinal degenerations
When did you first become interested in vision science?
During my honours year
What is your favourite experiment?
What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?
Sports, fitness and playing guitar
What is your favourite cuisine?
Oh hello, didn't see you there! I'm currently a 3rd year PhD student with the Vision Lab researching the use of microRNA as therapeutics for retinal degeneration. This involves better understanding the role that these molecules play within the retina and whether or not we can manipulate their levels to provide amelioration of progressive retinal damage. For my undergraduate degree I studied a Bachelor of Medical Science at the ANU, graduating with first class honours in 2014. I fully intended on going overseas for my PhD, but my enjoyment of the time I spent with Riccardo and the Vision Lab during honours led me to pursuing my candidature here. At the time of writing, I have one first author and three co-author publications and have presented in a number of national and international conferences. In 2016, I was able to win both the ANU and Asia-Pacific 3 Minute Thesis competitions and went on to be a finalist at the Young Innovator of the Year competition as part of the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany. In addition to working on my final chapter of my PhD (HELP!), I'm also a part-time intern editor and blog writer for the Nature Publishing Group, specifically NatureJobs.