Riemke Aggio-Bruce

What is your current research interest?

Using microRNA to alter the microglia/macrophage response in retinal degenerations

When did you first become interested in vision science?

During my honours year

What is your favourite experiment?

Anything challenging

What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?

Drawing, walking my dog and learning new skills

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 at the start of 2020. My research topic is entitled: ‘The role of microRNA in mononuclear phagocyte mediated inflammation in 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 including organising and running our Science in ACTion stall in 2018, being actively involved in educational school visits and planning and running an event entitled 'the art of vision'. I would like to explore this more in the future combining design, science and communication.