Researcher

Dr Debarun Dutta

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

About me:

My research focuses on contact lens and anterior ocular surface, tear film and lipid layer, ocular infection, antibiotic resistance, and novel antimicrobial agents to counter bacterial resistance. Study designs include basic laboratory experiments, animal models and human clinical trials.

Education:

  • PhD in Antimicrobial Contact Lenses, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of NSW, Australia, 2014
  • Post Graduate...view more

About me:

My research focuses on contact lens and anterior ocular surface, tear film and lipid layer, ocular infection, antibiotic resistance, and novel antimicrobial agents to counter bacterial resistance. Study designs include basic laboratory experiments, animal models and human clinical trials.

Education:

  • PhD in Antimicrobial Contact Lenses, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of NSW, Australia, 2014
  • Post Graduate Fellowship, Clinical Optometry, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India, 2008
  • Bachelor in Optometry and Vision Science, West Bengal University of Technology, India, 2007
Current student supervision:
PhD Students: 
  • Antimicrobial contact lenses: microbes at the ocular surface
  • Mode of action and activity of antimicrobial peptides
Research Areas:
  1. Contact lens related adverse events, particularly infiltrative events, development of novel antimicrobial agents, antimicrobial peptides, mechanism and activity of antimicrobial peptides, aetiology of development of keratitis
  2. Anterior ocular surface and tear film, tear lipid layer, effect of preservatives and surfactants on ocular comfort
  3. Development of antibiotic resistance, novel antimicrobial strategies for resistant pathogen, immobilisation of peptides and development of antimicrobial biomaterials

Models include: Laboratory experiments, animal-models, clinical trials

Awards and Grants:

  • Faculty Research Grant ($7,500), University of NSW 2017
  • Research Infrastructure Grant (as AI $38,080) University of NSW 2017
  • Early Career Research Grant ($15,000), Science faculty, University of NSW 2016
  • Brian Kirby Prize for Research Excellence in Optometry, University of NSW 2015
  • Major Reseach Equipment and Infrastructure Grant ($96,210), University of NSW 2015
  • William C. Ezell fellow – American Academy of Optometry 2013
  • Maki Shiobara Scholarship - Optometric Vision Research Foundation (OVRF), Graduate Research School, University of NSW 2012
  • University International Post Graduate Award - University of NSW 2010

Professional membership:

  • Ezell Club, American Optometric Foundation (AOF)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
  • Tear Film Ocular Surface Society (TFOS)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
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Location

Room 2.013A
School of Optometry and Vision Science
Rupert Myers Building - North Wing
Gate - 14, Barker St, UNSW
NSW 2052

Contact

+61425136301
+61293136243

Videos

Amazing tear ferning pattern!