Dr Jerome Ozkan

Dr Jerome Ozkan

Fields of research: Optometry and Ophthalmology, Medical Microbiology not elsewhere classified, Microbial Genetics, Genomics
Campus: Kensington
Tag: Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences

About me:

As bacterial load on lenses is a risk factor for development of corneal infections, my research focuses on investigating strategies for reducing contact lens-related inflammatory and infectious adverse events during extended wear of silicone hydrogel contact lenses. This involves implementing proof-of-principle interventions aimed at reducing microbial contamination of contact lenses during extended wear to determine if this results in less bacterially-driven adverse events...

About me:

As bacterial load on lenses is a risk factor for development of corneal infections, my research focuses on investigating strategies for reducing contact lens-related inflammatory and infectious adverse events during extended wear of silicone hydrogel contact lenses. This involves implementing proof-of-principle interventions aimed at reducing microbial contamination of contact lenses during extended wear to determine if this results in less bacterially-driven adverse events compared to control studies with no intervention. To date this research has lead to 5 peer reviewed publications and 10 conference papers. I have also been extensively involved in the clinical assessment of novel antibacterial contact lenses including lenses coated/impregnated with silver, selenium, fimbrolide and melimine.

My current research is looking at the microbial community characteristics in terms of identity, complexity and biogeography, of the conjunctiva and eyelid using both traditional microbial culture and culture-independent DNA analysis to determine what constitutes the core and transient microbiome of the eye and how microbial communities change over time. This research will help in understanding the microbe-host interactions that take place in the eye and whether this influences the aetiology of ocular conditions such as dry eye, blepharitis and corneal infections. These findings will provide directions for further study into alterations inflicted on the ocular microbial profile through prolonged prophylactic antibiotic therapy (e.g. due to cataract surgery) and preserved medications in chronic disease (e.g. glaucoma).

EDUCATION

PhD (UNSW, 2015)

BOptom Hons (UNSW, 1990)

 

RESEARCH

  • Determine what constitutes the core and transient microbiome of the eye and how microbial communites change over the eye's microhabitats and the effect of antibiotic therapy on the ocular microbiota.
  • Development of strategies to reduce contact lens contamination and therefore reduced inflammatory/infectious ocular adverse events
  • Assessing the efficacy of contact lenses with novel antimicrobial surfaces
  • Effect of contact lens material and design on conjunctival morphology
  • Efficacy of ocular lubricants on patients with dry eye disease

 

TEACHING

Associate Lecturer (2015)

OPTM3131 Ocular Disease 3 

OPTM4251 Ocular Therapeutics 4

 

Tutor (2014)

OPTM3131 & OPTM3231 Ocular Disease 3

OPTM4151 & OPTM4251 Ocular Therapeutics 4

 

Professional affiliations and service positions

Member of Optometry Australia

American Academy of Optometry (AAO)

CE Provider for Optometry Australia

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship - Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship, 2016

Faculty Research Grant, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales, 2016

The Vision Care Institute Student Travel Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry, 2014, Denver, USA

PhD Scholarship, Brien Holden Vision Institute, 2014

PhD Scholarship, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, 2014

Student Travel Grant, 17th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Contact Lens Researchers (ISCLR) Travel Award, 2013, Kyoto, Japan

Student Travel Grant, 16th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Contact Lens Researchers (ISCLR) Travel Award, 2011, Napa, California 

Contact

02 9385 9879
02 9313 6243