UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Dr Emily Patterson

Dr Emily Patterson

Research Fellow

Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2019

Teaching summary


Medical Retina Level 1, UCL Autumn 2019

Fundamentals of Neuroscience, MCW Spring 2019, 2018, 2017

Ophthalmology Career Development Series, MCW Summer 2018

Retina, MCW Spring 2018

Biology of Vision, MCW Spring 2018

Co-mentored six students


Significant expertise in retinal imaging and in colour vision, enabling assessment of structural and functional phenotypes across a variety of retinal conditions. Recent work has focused on establishing relationships between genotype and phenotype in patients with hereditary cone disorders, such as achromatopsia and X-linked cone dysfunction. Long-term career goals are to establish relationships between photoreceptor loss and colour vision in patients with degenerative retinal diseases using highly sensitive imaging and psychophysical techniques. Understanding this relationship will provide much needed information about the time course of disease, as well as having important implications for postreceptoral mechanisms. The principles can then be directly applied clinically to detect early signs of retinal disease, monitor progression and assess treatment efficacy.

Well-established international profile, with numerous collaborators and contacts across the U.S., the U.K., and Ireland. Experience in managing the strategic direction of a global organisation by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Socially-engaged and highly motivated, striving to improve skills and self in all undertakings, whether it be lecturing, disseminating research at international conferences, playing piano, or cooking at home.