PhD student

Riemke Aggio-Bruce

What is your current research interest?

Culturing microglia cells for in vitro study of their role in retinal degeneration.

How long have you been in the Vision Lab?

2 years

What is your favourite experiment?

Flow cytometry

What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?

Drawing and walking my dog

What is your favourite cuisine?



In 2016 I graduated a Bachelor of Genetics with first class honours completed in the CVR lab. While I had been (and still am a little) sceptical about a future in academia, my year in the CVR lab had been so enjoyable I was not ready for it to be over.  Now, I am a 3rd year PhD candidate preparing my thesis for submission by the end of 2019. My research topic is entitled: ‘The role of microRNA in microglia mediated inflammation and retinal degenerations’. This encompasses studying the use of miRNAs, small regulatory molecules, as both therapeutics and diagnostics for retinal degenerative diseases. Prior to commencing my Bachelor of Genetics, I completed a Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra. I believe my creative background gives me a different approach to research and more specifically, communicating that research. Over the course of my PhD I have been involved in several outreach programs for CVR such as organising and running our Science in ACTion stall in 2018 and being actively involved in educational school visits. I would like to explore this more in the future combining design, science and communication.