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Professor Robert MacLaren

Bodley Fellow, Stipendiary Lecturer in Human Anatomy


Medical Sciences and Ophthalmology


I am a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in diseases of the retina. My research is to develop new treatments for blindness, particularly using gene therapy or stem cells and is based at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology on Levels 5 & 6 of the new West Wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital. My clinical research specialises on the genetics of retinal diseases and new techniques in retinal surgery. I also have on-going projects through collaborations at UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital based in London. There are potential vacancies for DPhil students and I welcome enquiries at any time.

Teaching Interests

At Merton I have held weekly tutorials in medical sciences since 1992. First year tutorials are in anatomy, genetics and cell biology (First BM Part 1). Second year tutorials are in neuroanatomy and visual neuroscience (First BM Part 2). Third year tutorials are in FHS topics relevant to gene therapy, stem cells or visual neuroscience. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed a Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2006. I also supervise DPhil research students, junior doctors training in ophthalmic surgery and clinical academics as a Mentor for the Academy of Medical Sciences.