PhD student

Yvette Wooff

What is your current research interest?

Inflammatory pathways in the progression of retinal degeneration.

How long have you been in the Vision Lab?

1 year

What is your favourite experiment?

Electroretinography

What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?

Hanging out with my two sons

What is your favourite cuisine?

Italian

Hello, I am currently studying an MChD/PhD, which is a 6-year conjoint program offered at ANU for students who wish to enter the medical field while pursuing research. I moved from NZ with my young family to Canberra a year ago in order to pursue this unique degree as my ultimate goal is to become a clinical researcher. Currently I am in my first year of the PhD component of the conjoint degree and am doing this in the Vision Lab at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. Previously, I completed a Bsc with biomedical speciality (Hons) at the University of Auckland. My PhD thesis is focused on investigating the different inflammatory pathways that can lead to the progression of retinal degenerations, specifically in different components of inflammasome activation. The goal of this research is to understand which/how these pathways may contribute to the inflammation and retinal cell death that occurs in retinal degenerative diseases with the long-term goal of identifying therapeutic targets to ameliorate disease progression.