Surgery in Ophthalmology


Jonathan Crowston

Professor Jonathan Crowston is the Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology, the University of Melbourne and Managing Director for the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA). He is a practising glaucoma specialist clinician at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

He gained his Ophthalmology training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and was awarded a Doctorate for work on ocular fibrosis at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London (2000). He subsequently completed Glaucoma Fellowships at the University of Sydney and University of California San Diego where he then joined the glaucoma faculty; prior to moving to Australia in 2006.

Jonathan serves as a director on a number of boards including the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), the Ophthalmic Institute for Research Australia (ORIA) (2008+), World Glaucoma Association , CERA Technologies Pty Ltd (2015+), Et al Research Pty Ltd (2015+), Oculo and Sight for All (2016).

Jonathan’s research is focused on understanding why ageing predisposes to optic nerve disease and in particular focusing on neuroplasticity and the potential for retinal ganglion cell recovery.

He has published over 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts and co-authored three books, and has received a number of awards for his research and training. He is the recipient of the 2016 Peter Watson Medal from Cambridge Ophthalmology Society and the inaugural recipient of 2016 ARVO David L Epstein Award recognising outstanding research in Glaucoma and for mentoring young clinical investigators.


Ophthalmology research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) has a strong reputation for its clinical and translational focus.  Ranked amongst the top five ophthalmology research groups globally, its ultimate goal is to find solutions for the three major blinding eye diseases that affect Australians – macular degeneration; glaucoma and diabetic eye disease and to pioneer vision regeneration programs to give hope to people who have lost their sight.



Dr Peter Van Wijngaarden

Interim Managing Director and Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator at Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and a Senior Clinical Fellow at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Professor Robyn Guymer

Head, Macular Research and Deputy Director Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).  

Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne and Deputy Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)

Associate Professor Lyndell Lim

Head, Clinical Trials Research.

A Uveitis and Medical Retina Subspecialist, leads the Clinical Trials Research at CERA

Professor Ming He

Principal Investigator, Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology  

Associate Professor Alice Pébay

Head, Neuro-regeneration.  Leads Neuro-regeneration at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

Professor Paul Baird

Head, Ocular Genetics.

In charge of Ocular Genetics at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

Associate Professor Chi Luu

Principal Research Fellow, Deputy Head, Macular Research, Centre for Eye Research Australia

A/Prof Luu leads the research on preclinical models to better understand the causes and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and to evaluate the efficacy of new interventions. In addition, A/Prof Luu leads the work on neuroprotective electrical stimulation as a method of slowing degeneration of retinal neurons.

Professor Greg Dusting

Head, Cytoprotection Pharmacology Research and Executive Director of Research, Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council (HMRC) and a Professor of Pharmacology and Surgery at the University of Melbourne

Dr Raymond Wong

Head, Cellular Reprogramming

Dr Wong currently leads the Cellular Reprogramming Group at Centre for Eye Research Australia, and is a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne.

Dr Carla Abbott

Research Fellow

Dr Vicki Chrysostomou

Glaucoma Research Fellow

Dr Maria Isabel Lopez Sanchez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Isabel Lopez Sanchez pursued her education in France and the USA, and obtained her PhD in 2014 from the University of Western Australia. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration Laboratory at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. Her current research investigates how defects in energy production by mitochondria lead to vision loss in primary open angle glaucoma and Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy.

Dr Graeme Pollock

Research Fellow
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Ms Srujana Sahebjada

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mr Paul Sanfilippo

Research Fellow

Dr Gwyn Rees

Head, Behavioural Research in Ophthalmology.

Dr Gywn Rees's work focuses on the role of behavioural and psychological factors in eye disease and improving patient centred outcomes


Glaucoma Research Laboratory
Research Group Leader - Professor Jonathan Crowston

Ophthalmic Epidemiology Group
Research Group Leader - Professor Mingguang He

Research Group Leader - Associate Alice Pébay

Macular Research Unit
Research Group Leader - Professor Robyn Guymer

Ocular Genetics
Research Group Leader - Professor Paul N Baird

Cellular Reprogramming Group
Research Group Leader - Dr Raymond Wong

Clinical Trials Research Unit, Centre for Eye Research Australia
Research Group Leader - Professor Lyndell Lim

Cytoprotection Pharmacology Research
Research Group Leader - Professor Greg Dusting

Ocular Biomarkers, Bioenergetics and Angiognesis Research Group
Research Group Leader - Dr Peter van Wijngaarden


Laboratories: PC1 and PC2 accredited laboratory spaces
Australia’s only automated platform for generating stem cell lines

Alice and stem cell robot

Stem cell robot and staff


Executive Assistant to Professor Jonathan Crowston

Valma Scaf
Ph:  +61 3 9929 8429

Research Co-ordinator

Professor Paul Baird
Ph:  +61 3  9929 8613

General Enquiries

PH:  +61 3 9929 8360


Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Level 7, Peter Howson Wing
32 Gisborne St
East Melbourne 3002