Postdoctoral researcher

Nilisha Fernando

What is your current research interest?

The role of macrophages, complement and inflammasome in retinal degeneration.

How long have you been in the Vision Lab?

6 years

What is your favourite experiment?

Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction

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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Vision Lab at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. I completed my BMedSci (Hons) in 2012 and went on to complete my PhD in 2017 within this laboratory. Broadly, my research indicates that inhibiting macrophage activity reduces inflammation and retinal cell death. These findings have the potential to shape the therapeutic landscape in the management of retinal degenerations, including age-related macular degeneration, and significantly reduce the social, economic, and quality-of-life impacts of blindness in an ageing population. I have presented my work at 16 international and national conferences, and have 6 publications from my PhD. In early 2017, I attended the Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore, where young scientists came together to discuss innovative solutions for global issues with eminent science speakers from around the world. In addition to my research, I am actively involved in a number of activities within the scientific community, including teaching, supervision, outreach and community engagement.​