UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Mr Michael Gilhooley

Mr Michael Gilhooley

NIHR Clinical Lecturer

Institute of Ophthalmology

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2020


I completed my PhD under the supervision of Professors Hankins and Downes in 2019, funded by a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford. Here I evaluated approaches to the deployment of therapeutic optogenetic tools in inherited retinal degenerations. 

Prior to this, I studied Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge before undertaking an academic foundation program at the University of Glasgow. Following this, I joined the Moorfields / North Thames training scheme in surgical ophthalmology.

I have recently taken up an NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship at the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, which will allow me to complete my clinical training part time while undertaking postdoctoral research. During this time, my research will focus on inherited optic neuropathies. I continue to collaborate closely with the retinal neurobiology & optogenetics group at the NLO, as well as the clinical ophthalmic research group at the Oxford Eye Hospital (ERGO).