UCL Institute of Ophthalmology



The Institute of Ophthalmology conducts cutting-edge science and attracts researchers of the highest international calibre. Our research is divided into three key themes.
Cell Biology…

Development, Ageing and Disease Theme

Vision loss caused by the effects of ageing and disease are a global health burden. Our interdisciplinary labs investigate the biological pathways involved so we that we can develop better treatments.

Leads: Professor Adnan Tufail and Professor Pete Coffey


Rescue, Repair and Regeneration Theme

We aim to protect and improve vision and quality of life for people with sight loss. Our expertise lies in using regenerative medicine to develop new effective therapies. 

Leads: Professor James Bainbridge and Professor Julie Daniels

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Visual Neuroscience and Function Theme

We are investigating new ways to assess vision. Our work also combines epidemiology, genetics, imaging and data science to inform policy, improve quality of life of those with sight loss, and more.

Leads: Professor Andrew Stockman and Professor Paul Foster

Research labs and groups

Ophthalmology research

We have many research labs, groups and active projects. Some of these labs, groups and projects have their own websites which you can browse to find out about their specific areas of research and opportunities to collaborate.

Researcher videos

Research videos

Find out what excites some of our researchers about their work. Through our partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we’re driving our research forward and moving closer to achieving that holy grail of personalised medicine.

Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies

We harness the broad range of research disciplines and experimental approaches available at UCL to advance basic and translational research into sensory function and tackle the scientific, and biomedical, challenges of human sensory health. Learn more on the website.