Dr. Joshua Chu-Tan
What is your current research interest?
The effect of exercise on retinal health and its use a non-pharmacological intervention for neurodegenerative diseases and 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?
Italian and American
I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher at CVR and an associate lecturer at the ANU Medical School for medical physiology. My research investigates the use of microRNA as therapeutics for retinal degeneration and more recently on the effects of exercise as a non-invasive therapeutic for retinal disorders. 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 graduated with my PhD in 2019. At the time of writing, I have 13 publications (four first author) and have presented in numerous 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. I also worked as a part-time intern editor and blog writer for the Nature Publishing Group, specifically NatureJobs. In 2019 I was lucky enough to be invited to give a TEDx talk in my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand as part of their 10 year anniversary event.