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

    6009 Perth


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My research interests have always been in the field of vision science and I have worked on developing and investigating gene therapy treatments for severe inherited retinal dystrophies along studies into understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind age-related macular degeneration, uveitis, stem cells and AAV biology. My current focus is on creating research platforms in the area of retinal degeneration, gene therapy and cell death mechanisms.

Funding overview

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award, Retina Australia

Current projects

1. Cone photoreceptor migration and cell death mechanisms during retinal degeneration
2. Voltage-gated potassium channels in inherited retinal dystrophy: disease mechanisms and treatment strategies


Retinal gene therapy, Inherited retinal degeneration, photoreceptor biology, cell death, retinal development

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Projects 2016 2016

Research Output 2005 2017

2 Citations

Evaluating Efficiencies of Dual AAV Approaches for Retinal Targeting

Carvalho, L. S., Turunen, H. T., Wassmer, S. J., Luna-Velez, M. V., Xiao, R., Bennett, J. & Vandenberghe, L. H., 8 Sep 2017, In : Frontiers in Neuroscience. 11, 8 p., 503.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
11 Citations

Exosome-associated AAV2 vector mediates robust gene delivery into the murine retina upon intravitreal injection

Wassmer, S. J., Carvalho, L. S., György, B., Vandenberghe, L. H. & Maguire, C. A., 31 Mar 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 45329.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Intravitreal Injections
Green Fluorescent Proteins
6 Citations

The genetic and evolutionary drives behind primate color vision

Carvalho, L. S., Pessoa, D. M. A., Mountford, J. K., Davies, W. I. L. & Hunt, D. M., 26 Apr 2017, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 5, 34.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
color vision

The Genetics of Color Vision and Congenital Color Deficiencies

Hunt, D. & dos Santos Carvalho, L., 16 Dec 2016, Human Color Vision. Kremers, J., Baraas, R. C. & Marshall, N. J. (eds.). Springer International Publishing Switzerland, p. 1-32

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Color Vision
Color Vision Defects
Cone Opsins
1 Citations

Understanding Cone Photoreceptor Cell Death in Achromatopsia

Carvalho, L. S. & Vandenberghe, L. H., 2016, Retinal Degenerative Diseases: Mechanisms and Experimental Therapy. Bowes Rickman, C., LaVail, M., Anderson, R., Grimm, C., Hollyfield, J. & Ash, J. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 854. p. 231-236 6 p. (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Color Vision Defects
Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells
Color Vision
Cell Death
Retinal Dystrophies