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Our Senior Research Team

The University of Southampton vision science team includes senior scientists, research fellows, PhD students and laboratory technicians.   

Collaborations are forged within other disciplines in the University as well as working with scientists in external research institutions.

Published papers are found through the 'Publications' link on personal University staff pages (links below).

Mr Parwez Hossain MB ChB, PhD FRCS (Ed), FRCOphth FHEA

Professor & Consultant Ophthalmologist

Currently, Parwez’s research activity is focused finding new approaches to manage corneal disease, a major cause of visual impairment worldwide. In the UK alone, 6000 patients are affected from corneal microbial infections every year. Visual impairment often is very rapid (within 24 hours) and frequently leads to permanent visual loss. Please read the latest paper published  relating to contact lens-related microbial keratitis (CLMK) BMJ Open Ophthalmology.

Please read more on Parwez's staff page 

Mr Jay Self BM, FRCOphth, PhD

Associate Professor & Consultant Ophthalmologist

Jay’s research interests cover a range of disorders affecting vision in children including nystagmus, albinism, genetic disorders of the eye, amblyopia and paediatric cataract. His team combines expertise in genetics, bioinformatics, wet-lab modelling, eye-tracking and clinical trials.

Please read more on Jay's staff page 


Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka BSc, MPhil, PhD

Arjuna is a specialist in cellular/molecular biology. His group at Southampton studies molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathophysiology in the senescent retina and brain. The work undertaken in his group employs histological, molecular/biochemical, light and ultrastructural microscopy as well as 3D imaging techniques.

Please read more on Arjuna's staff page 


Dr Helena Lee MB, BCh, BAO, PhD, FRCOphth

We are delighted that Helena has received a prestigious MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship and will stay in Southampton to continue her research and treat patients in clinics.She specialises in neuro-ophthalmology, paediatrics and strabismus and has an international research reputation in the area of infantile nystagmus, pediatric retinal development and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Helena has made a YouTube video explaining her work.  Please watch it here

Please read Helena's staff page.


Dr Jorn Lakowski

Jorn joined our team in Southampton as The Andrew Elkington Senior Research Fellow.  His studies include degenerative diseases of the retina, a study of human cone photoreceptor development and pathology and studies of human ganglion cell development and pathology. He is keen to share his expertise with research students.

Please read more on Jorn's staff page


Dr Adnan Khan

Adnan is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology. His research will  investigate the immunological mechanisms underlying the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) whilst completing his ophthalmology specialist training at University Hospital Southampton. Adnan will work closely with Professors Andrew Lotery and Jessica Teeling, a research immunologist. We're delighted to share Adnan's University staff page.