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Assistant Professor Regan Ashby


Assistant Professor

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Tel: +61 2 6201 2088


Regan graduated with his PhD in Medical Science from the Australian National University in 2007, under the supervision of Professor Ian Morgan. After completing his PhD, Regan received a two year Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, as part of the European Union, Marie-Curie European Training Program, with Dr Marita Feldkaemper and Professor Frank Schaeffel. During this time, Regan investigated the ability of bright ambient light levels to retard the development of myopia in chickens, and the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in such protective effects. This work culminated in Regan being awarded the prestigious Attempto Prize for Neuroscience, from the University of Tuebingen, Germany (2010), and being announced as the Inaugural presenter of the Josh Wallman Memorial Lecture, as the recipient of the Carl Zeiss Young Investigators Award (2013), to be held at the International Myopia Conference in August 2013 at the University of California, Berkley, USA.  

Regan's research focuses on the molecular pathways underlying the regulation of normal ocular growth, and how such neural pathways are affected during the development of the visual disorder myopia (short-sightedness).  Myopia is now at epidemic proportion in many parts of the world, most notably in urban East Asia, where 80-90% of school-leavers are myopic. Regan's current research looks at how exposure to high light levels, similar to those experienced on a sunny day, can retard the development of myopia through modulation of genomic and epigenomic regulatory mechanisms. 


Research interests

  • Investigating the underlying causes of the visual disorder myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Genomic/epigenomic regulation of ocular growth
  • Retinal neural development