Max Kirkby

What is your current research interest?

The neuroprotective effect of exercise in the degenerating retina.

When did you first become interested in vision science?

During the first physiology course I took at university.

What is your favourite experiment?

Co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP)

What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?

Playing sport (cricket, AFL), reading, eating.

What is your favourite cuisine?



I joined the CVR team in 2021, as a third year Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) student. Commonly known as the PhB, my degree has afforded me with the fantastic opportunity to conduct an undergraduate research project with Dr. Joshua Chu-Tan on how exercise influences exosome release in the degenerating retina. Given my keen interest in all things neuroscience, immunology and sport, this project promises to be a source of abundant and highly interesting work. Such degeneration is also a primary interest of mine. In the long term, I have a desire to revolutionise the human understanding of neurodegenerative disease using computational and mathematical techniques. To help me make my first steps towards that goal, along with my work here at JCSMR, I’ve recently taken up a position as Research Affiliate at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney to study imaging in neurodegeneration under Prof. Stuart Grieve. But for now, 2021 promises to be an exciting year for CVR, and I am honoured to be a part of the journey.