• The University of Western Australia (M514), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M517), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia and a senior research fellow at the Lions Eye Institute, Perth, Western Australia. I am also a senior member of the SPIE and Optica and a 2017 Ambassador of the Optica; SPIE and Optica are the largest optical societies globally.

My research focuses on designing and constructing non-invasive imaging instruments based on optical coherence tomography for ophthalmology and developing standardised workflows for ophthalmic image and data analysis. I have a track record of successful research in universities and medical research institutes and in executing research projects for the industry. I have spent 12 years working in teams of computer scientists, clinicians, and biologists. This joining of disciplines has resulted in important advances in ophthalmology and neurology

Beyond research, I am passionate about science communication and developing a more inclusive society. I have been involved in over 30 outreach programs for schools, invited to speak at several events encouraging female students to enter STEM, and served as a mentor to female high school and university students. Recently, with my colleagues Gavrielle Untracht and Marta Jakubowska, we published the first children's book, “Jesse explores vision impairment,” to raise awareness about vision impairment. My outreach efforts have been recognised by receiving the SPIE Diversity Award (2023) and the Optica Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Recognition (2022).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, Doctor of Philosophy in Biophysics, Influence of blood inhomogeneity on phase information in spectral optical coherence tomography, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Award Date: 14 Feb 2014

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, Lions Eye Institute

Industry keywords

  • Ageing
  • Diagnostics
  • Digital Health
  • Education
  • Health
  • Medical Devices

Research expertise keywords

  • Optics & Photonics
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Ophthalmology


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