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Eye researcher recognised with prestigious award

30/05/2018By Matthew Woodley
An ophthalmic biophysicist has been selected from nearly 100,000 eligible graduates as the recipient of the 2018 UNSW Young Alumni Award.

The award was presented to Dr Ashik Mohamed, an Indian ocular tissue researcher, for his work on the cornea and crystalline lens as well as visual photosensitivity thresholds. He received the award at an event held at the UNSW Roundhouse in front of 250 people.

“Such a recognition from UNSW motivates people like me to do much more amazing things in the field of my research in ophthalmology and vision science.”
Ashik Mohamed, award recipient.

Mohamed completed his PhD last year (awarded through UNSW) at the Brien Vision Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) and now leads the Ophthalmic Biophysics lab at LV Prasad Eye Institute, one of India’s leading eye research and teaching hospitals.

Describing the recognition as a “special moment”, Mohamed thanked the award committee, and also his family and mentors for the support they had provided.

“Such a recognition from UNSW motivates people like me to do much more amazing things in the field of my research in ophthalmology and vision science,” Mohamed said.

“I would like to recollect the words of Pele – success is not an accident, it is hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, learning, studying, and most of all the love of what you are going to do.”

During his time at BHVI’s Vision Cooperative Research Centre, Mohamed had a long involvement with the ‘Accommodating Gel’ project, which developed a clear gel-lens system as a replacement for the natural lens of the eye for people with cataract and presbyopia.

BHVI’s chief scientist and innovation officer, Professor Arthur Ho, was one of Mohamed’s supervisors at the centre and said he was delighted his student’s work had been recognised by the university.

“Ashik has been an important part of our quest to understand how the human eye achieves near vision as required,” he said.

“It is also wonderful to know Ashik is continuing his research, which has already contributed much knowledge to this field, in his newly-founded laboratory at LV Prasad Eye Institute.”

Mohamed continues to work closely with BHVI, along with research institutes in the US and Spain, and he presented a seminar on his research, “The Life Journey of Human Eye Lens”, at the School of Optometry and Vision Science while in Australia to accept his award.


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