UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Chu Lab

Dr Colin Chu is Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

We use advanced in vivo and ex vivo imaging techniques to study immune cells in the retina and their contribution to disease.

The immune system is central to almost every aspect of human health and disease, with tissues accepted as the determinative site of immune cell function. Biopsies provide valuable insight but remain static snapshots that miss the critical temporal dynamics of immune responses. The ultimate aspiration would be to observe real-time, unperturbed, immune cell behaviour deep within the tissues of patients. The eye can realise this goal, as the transparent ocular tissues are inherently suited for repeated in vivo imaging across time.

My group is applying cutting-edge technologies such as adaptive optics imaging of the living retina and highly multiplexed immunohistochemistry to model systems and clinical studies, with a focus on ocular inflammatory diseases such as Uveitis