Laura Young

Email: laura {DOT} young {AT} psy {DOT} ox {DOT} ac {DOT} uk


In 2003 I started an undergraduate masters degree in Physics at Durham University. In my final year I chose a Masters project in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CFAI) in collaboration with Simon Berry, a local ophthalmologist, aimed at applying astronomical adaptive optics (AO) techniques to vision science. It was at this time that I first met Hannah Smithson, then a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. This work spurred my enthusiasm for studying optics, vision and visual perception and in 2007 I began a PhD joint between Richard Myers and Gordon Love in the CFAI and Hannah in Psychology. I began by dividing my time between astronomical AO and ophthalmic AO but my increasing interest in vision steered my PhD towards a study of the effect of optical aberrations on visual performance, which I completed in 2011. After 3 months post-PhD in the CFAI I moved to the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford to begin a post-doc position working for Hannah supported by the John Fell fund. There I split my time between studying the effects optical aberrations on visual perception and developing an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) to record AO-corrected high resolution images of the retina for studying visual function and ocular motor control. At the end of this project (July 2012) I took up a post-doc position at Durham University with Prof. John Girkin (CFAI) and Prof. Roy Quinlan (School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences) funded by the Levehulme Trust. Here I am studying the development of the eye lens on a cellular level and how disruptions to that development and damage to the lens could change the optical properties of the eye.